Weekly Travel Q&A: Best iPad Travel Apps

    I have a round-the-world ticket that will take me to Buenos Aires, Marrakech, Berlin and Shanghai (among other places) later this year and in 2013. I plan to pack light but will of course cram my iPad with as much music, books and apps as possible. With that, any particular travel apps you recommend?

    Jeremy E., Perth

    Photo credit – Apple

    On the eve of the iPad 3 launch, this question is tailor-made.

    So of the incalculable number of apps for Apple and Android devices, one niche with limitless growth potential is the travel sector. A number of intrepid developers have duly made a common mission of purging wanderlust quests of the most tiresome guesswork and timewasters. The best efforts so far include:

    Air Sharing
    By Avatron Software, Inc.

    A lot of apps share documents on the go and do a decent job of it. Avatron Software, however, makes the most powerful doc share app and transforms your iPad or other mobile device into a functional external drive.

    Packing (+TO DO!)
    by Quinn Genzel

    Turn your iPad into a personal travel butler and never forget that all-important item at the hostel back in Paris again (like your iPad charger, for instance).

    The Weather Channel
    by The Weather Channel Interactive

    Will the rain in Spain fall mainly on the plain? Find out, with the most comprehensive weather app on the map.

    TripIt – Travel Organizer
    by TripIt

    The ultimate travel assistant, made fast and simple. TripIt amalgamates all your trip details and cobbles one truly helpful itinerary for hassle-free perusal.

    Instagram
    by Burbn, Inc.

    Insanely popular Instagram is everywhere now. The app makes it a snap to make and share travel photos and has those radial tilt-shift blur effects that the kids love.

    Trailhead
    by The North Face

    Want to conquer Aconcagua? Or maybe just find a good city park with a bike path? The North Face Trailhead map is a magnificent go-to resource.

    XE Currency
    by XE.com Inc.

    With inflation in Argentina so rampant, you will most definitely need the XE Currency map to stay on top of cab fares and the prices on a parilla menu.

    Skype
    by Skype Software S.a.r.l

    Have Wi-Fi? Make free calls.

    Next Flight
    by UnitConvertr

    Deceptively simple and handy, Next Flight lists flights from all airlines for the current day and the next two days.

    IAmHere
    by Exploding Orange

    IAmHere tracks your co-ordinates and builds an email with your current Google Maps position. Nifty.

    buUuk – Restaurant and Bar Guide
    By Buuuk Private Limited

    Get hip to the restaurant and bar scene in your city of choice – especially if that city is in Asia.

    Google Translate
    by Google

    Translate text between 63 languages, with vocal command support for a further 17 languages.

    Free Wi-Fi Finder
    by JiWire Inc.

    Lost in Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina with no Wi-Fi? Let JiWire help.

    Lonely Planet Phrasebook
    by Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd

    Google Translate is good but the Lonely Planet Phrasebook apps come with audio phrases spoken by locals.

    foursquare
    By foursquare

    Foursquare needs no intro. In order to discover bars, restaurants, shops, museums et al in the vicinity, the most popular app on the market.

    And finally, Jeremy, some good budget hotels to make that RTW budget last:

    Tribeca Studios Buenos Aires

    BuenosAires City Guide

    Riad Karim Hotel Marrakech

    Marrakech City Guide

    Amstel House Hostel Berlin

    Berlin City Guide

    Asset Hotel Shanghai

    Shanghai City Guide

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    6 comments on “Weekly Travel Q&A: Best iPad Travel Apps”

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    3. HotelClub says on March 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm:

      Check out our list of the best iPad travel apps. Which one do you use on holiday? http://t.co/8QAdR79m

    4. RObert gamble says on March 14, 2012 at 11:05 am:

      I use worldmate , got the lot , hotel & flight booking , currency converter and latest rates , flight updates etc

    5. Barbara Mooney says on June 26, 2012 at 1:46 am:

      Skip Packing pro and go with TripList, its a way better app. Trust me!

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