Caroline Says…There’s an App for That

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Generating travel itineraries in our office is a snap, thanks to Axus, a mobile app that uploads, stores, and displays the details of every trip we book. CTTW clients have all the information they need – everything from hotel confirmations to restaurant recommendations – at their fingertips, literally in the palm of their hands. Amazing! This technological triumph got me thinking about some other favorite travel apps that might make your next trip a little sweeter.

For those times you find yourself in an unfamiliar place needing to refuel, whether with food or gas or java, consult Around Me. It displays by category the restaurants, bars, hotels, even hospitals in your immediate surroundings. No more wandering around aimlessly in search of sustenance. There’s also The Infatuation, a dining app that city-dwelling locals rely on for restaurant recommendations and reviews.

Citymapper is a handy tool, like Google Maps but better, that helps you navigate most of the world’s major cities. And for high-style recommendations, Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop city guides and maps (for dining, shopping, exercising, etc.) accessed under the G. Spotting app are also good.  To quickly calculate how many euros you’re spending on Gwenyth’s favorites, this currency converter will do the math for you.

If you prefer to see your cities on the run, use Map my Run to hit the highlights while pounding the pavement.

If you’re leaving the USA with language-angst, never fear: the Google Translate app is here. Simply use your phone’s camera to hover over text, an Italian menu, for example, to see the English translation, thus ensuring that you order tuna, not tripe. For those who like to plan (and study) ahead, Duolingo makes learning a language fun. Do the daily drills a month or so before you go, and you’ll learn enough vocabulary to get by in most foreign locales. (People really do appreciate the effort when we Americans attempt to speak their country’s language.)  And to stay in touch with friends and family back home, Whats App Messenger is our go-to way to stay connected without the fees.

Delectable as been described as “the essential wine app” because a quick pic of the label with your phone yields ratings and descriptions of the bottle’s contents. Now, you can give the impression that you’re a real oenophile rather than a mere wino. And if you find a bottle you like, the app will keep track of it, so you’ll never have to drink bad wine again.

Touchnote makes digital postcards because who really wants to spend their vacation searching for stamps?

The aforementioned are my personal favorites, but there are countless others out there in cyberspace. If you’ve got app energy and want to consider more, the folks at Forbes have compiled a list of their own.

 

Caroline Travels the World (knowing what’s ‘appening) and So Can You.

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