My iPad/iPhone is my most useful travel equipment. (Even when I don’t have service!)
Last fall, while Natasja & I were trying to connect with my lost (& very jet lagged) parents – my ULMON PRAGUE app saved the day. Seriously. Well, my iPad and Saint Ludwila. I thought my parents were just going to give up and go to Slovakia without me. (Read the account here.) That experience cemented my iPad mini at the top of my must-have travel accessories.
Here are the apps that I am taking on my trip.
Ulmon (for big cities)
This app is perfect for me because (as anyone who has ever driven anywhere with me will know) I am directionally challenged. Even off-line, I can touch the blue navigation arrow and it will show me where I am on the map as I walk through the city! It also lists all the most common tourist sights and allows me to search for the locations of temples, restaurants and cat cafes!
Have you ever wished that YOU could be in the photos on the vacation postcards that you send to your friends? Now you can send a REAL POSTCARD & it only costs you $1/each! Personalized postcards are super fun and since they are printed in the USA, then mailed to your destination, it’s a quick way to get mail to your friends in the States while you are abroad!
All of my flight info, travel insurance policy, contact info and my travel itinerary are in a file that I can share with the people who need to know where I am at all times. I also did a 8GB photo file download while at a friend’s house in Bangkok to free up another card for my camera!
This is the app WAS my favorite app to use to post my ‘Adventures of a Michigander’ blog since I’m not bringing my laptop. I did buy an iPad case with a keyboard for the trip. Unfortunately, Blogsy will not have a new update and is no longer compatible with the newest iOS. Now, I just use WordPress.
All of my flight details are gleaned from my confirmation emails without any effort on my part! It’s pretty useful when you frequently buy cheap tickets on Skyscanner b/c they are less than train tickets!
Safety First! This is where I check the government travel warnings for the 7 countries I’ll be traveling in.
At the end of my trip, I’ll be able to use this app to see charts on my spending. It will break it down to how much I spent per day & on what. I’m sure you’re already looking forward to that blogpost.
Find me @adventuresofamichigander, to see photos that I don’t post on FB or my blog!
Booking accommodation just got easier!
Ellen DeGeneres designed this app and it’s hilarious to play with groups. It’s simple, your team tries to get you to say the word on the screen, as you hold the iPad on your forehead. The best part is the video it takes during the game – this game will make me lots of friends when I get stuck inside during a rainstorm.
It’s hard to keep track of the days when you travel so this app warns me when I might be feeling ‘PMSy’ rather than just ‘Hangry’. It’s very helpful.
ToonCamera or Prisma
I love the way my photos look with this app!
WhatsApp/ FB Messanger
Text your new international friends for free on WhatsApp or use FB to make free video calls!