Summer is near, which means the world is thinking about leaving their busy lives behind for a few weeks and taking a vacation.
While vacations are relaxing, organising them can be quite stressful. Luckily, technology can improve the experience.1
So, we made a list of apps that can be helpful before and during your holidays. They all get the “XAOP Approved” seal.
A free translation app that looks a lot better (especially on iPhone 5) than Google’s Translate app. It also has a Library for commonly used phrases in different situations (e.g. “In a restaurant”).
With In-App Purchases, you can remove ads and buy voices for a number of supported languages.
Both apps for discovery of places and events nearby, so there’s certainly an overlap in functionality. They both have their strenghts and weaknesses, though, so we’d keep both apps installed.
Yelp, for example, is especially handy in certain countries for restaurants and bars. Foursquare, on the other hand, can be more helpful in discovering crowded locations and nearby friends.
Searching for hotels and flights is a part of most vacations. But there are so many choices that choosing the right one is almost impossible.
So, keep these two apps in mind the next time you’re looking for a place to stay, have dinner, or how to get there.
When you’re travelling by car, you absolutely need an app like this. There’s a version of the app for each region (e.g. US, Canada, Europe, etc.)
They’re kind of expensive (prices range from about 30 to 75 Euros), but the important thing is that you can access these maps offline.2 So it will still a lot cheaper than using an alternative like Google or Apple Maps while roaming.
While it hasn’t yet reached the level of support it should, it’s going in the right direction. Not having to keep a number of documents, passes and tickets in your pocket feels like a huge relief.