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Travel Apps

This article appeared first on AskMen.


Most smartphone owners view their device as a critical tool for handling the details of their everyday lives.  Now thanks to a bevy of incredibly useful applications, this pocket-sized wonder can also be a tremendous help when travelling.  Spanning your entire trip – from packing to changing money – these five apps will, without question, improve your overall travel experience.


1.  Pano

Pano is an amazingly easy-to-use app that allows even novice photographers to shoot panoramas.  Simply point the camera at the desired panorama scene, and follow the app’s handy semitransparent guide to help line up each shot perfectly.  From there, the software’s advanced alignment, blending and colour-matching algorithms do the rest of the work to create seamless images which can then be stored directly to your smartphone’s photo roll.

Available on Iphone and Android.


2.  Packing Planner (Iphone)

Coordinating what you need to bring for both short and extended trips is often an exhausting exercise in memory and attention.  Luckily, the Packing Planner app helps take some of the preparation stress off travelers by allowing users to create packing lists and check items off as they’re packed.  Not exactly sure what needs to be on the list in the first place?  Well, Packing Planner allows you to also view recreated sample packing lists or templates built for a variety of common trip types.

A similar app, Packing List, is available on Android.


3.  oMaps

Although the smartphone’s built-in maps application is great, it often requires 3G connections to function properly.  So, if you happen to be out of the country and roaming, the cost of this 3G access can become overwhelming expensive very quickly.  Luckily, oMaps allows smartphone owners to download maps to destinations ahead of time, and then browse through them on the phone without the use of 3G or a connection to the internet.  oMaps also provides point-of-interest information related to restaurants, ATMs and mass transit stations.

Iphone only.


4.  Foodspotting

Finding food in foreign destinations is often difficult when you don’t have recommendations. Now travelers can go in search of the best restaurants in international cities.  The app is powered by users reviews and pictures – making it a foodie’s best friend.

Available on Iphone and Android.


5.  Google Translate

Spanning over 50 languages, Google Translate allows you to translate text between 57 languages, receive translation by speaking into the phone for 15 languages, display translations so that they are easier to read, and much more.

Available on Iphone and Android.

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