5 Hot New Apps for International Travel
Award Winning International Travel Apps
MapsWithMe is the ideal buddy to bring on any executive travel journey as it provides travel manuals and offline maps for any global location. Once set up, just check the boxes for the places you’ll be staying and the app will give you the ability to download “offline”maps and any pertinent info regarding the location you will be staying at. (Including local guide-like tidbits). Maps are sourced from OpenStreetMap and virtual travel manuals come from Wikitravel.
This app gives real time info on exchange rate covering in excess of 100 currencies and countries. This app is perfect for overseas travel when you need up to the minute exchange rate conversion info. This app gives a data rich” thumbnail flags” readout for the appropriate currencies. All you have to do is enter your currencies that you plan on using during your journey and you can instantly keep a close eye on the exchange rates at a glance. You have the option of manually refreshing exchange rates or allowing the app to auto refresh in hourly or daily intervals.
WorldMate app basically has all you’ll need under one thumbnail. It tracks your itinerary and provides accurate weather forecasts. It also gives you a currency converter and allows you to book hotels through the free version. There’s also the indispensable travel notifications, which keep you in the know with weather affected delays and syncs to do lists for the day. Some of the hottest capabilities of the Gold version ($3.99-iTunes) of this app include: weather forecast, currency conversion, live flight updating, and a snazzy tip calculator. It also features a rich database of flight and Hotel Searches and World Clocks. The high end Itinerary manager as well as automated flight alerts are some of the most raved about features
Safe To Go™
Safe To Go™ is a robust dual user integration app that provides a dialed in user experience. It is on one hand, a mobile app that allows travellers in the field real time access to flight and itinerary updates. On the other end it has an integrated corporate travel desktop app that keeps an eye on corporate clients in the field and provides travel alerts. It’s great for times with high security alert, as well as zones with security hotspots. While it’s no replacement for executive protection-it comes close. Complete with an itinerary and software management for everything from car, hotel and flight info. The hottest facet of the app is the ability for the client manager to provide “duty of care by alerting travelers if they’re in a danger zone; kidnapping, criminal, political, extreme weather, health hazards, etc.”
Word Lens: app has native translation software built into it. It uses your phones camera to capture printed words from the foreign language and translates them into the language of your choice. Many of our airport car service clients use Word Lens for family vacations, executive travel or just for the heck of it. It’s integrated for use on the iPad or iPhone and while the app is free language bundles are a paid upgrade.