Iphone Travel Apps

If you’re lucky enough to have an Iphone, then you’re probably already familiar with apps and how useful they can be. Did you know however that there are some really great ones you can take away on holiday with you which can be super useful there too.

The Tripwolf app with augmented reality is one which is incredibly clever, superbly cool, and actually really useful too. Augmented reality utilises your iPhone camera to show you travel information layered over the top of the real view of the streets and landscape you are viewing through your iphone camera. To use it, all you do is download the tripwolf travel guide appropriate to your holiday destination onto your phone, and then open it to the list of points of interest and then turn the iphone through 90 degrees. Immediately you’ll see all the information on screen of what’s around you and how far away it is. Even better is the fact that this app can be used off line as well as online meaning that you don’t have to pay roaming costs to use it.


Itranslate is an app which allows you to type a short phrase into the iphone and have it translated into a different language. It doesn’t just show you the phrase on screen, but also allows you to listen to how it should sound too, so that you can learn phrases as you travel. The app can be downloaded for most common languages including French, German and Spanish. It’s very easy to operate, and really incredibly useful if you’re grasp of languages is a bit vague. It’s not going to be able to translate huge long conversations for you, but it is great for short phrases to help you along the way such as trying to find your hotel, looking for a shop or restaurant, or asking how much something costs for example.

Urbanspoon is an app which helps you to look up restaurants based on food type, location or price. It will then go on to show you the nearby restaurants that are best suited to the food type or price etc. that you’ve selected. The only minor disadvantage with this app is that it’s limited to major cities and being begun in the US it’s primary focus is there, however it’s constantly expanding so it’s worth checking out if the area you’re visiting is part of their range.

There are of course loads of other apps out there that you may decide are useful, but hopefully this has given you a few ideas to get you started. If you can recommend any other please leave a comment.

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3 Responses to “Iphone Travel Apps”

  1. flossie
    May 20, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I tried the tripwold app on my phone but couldn’t get the application to work properly.

  2. ross
    May 22, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    The museum of london has a cool free app out which i was playing with last night, it shows you old images of london mapped onto a google map. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/MuseumOfLondon/Resources/app/you-are-here-app/index.html

  3. admin
    May 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Another good article about iphone travel apps http://www.thesocialpath.com/2010/05/50-travel-apps-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without.html

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