Hands who doesn’t either own or lusts after an iPod/iPhone? Put that hand down Bill Gates! Well, for the rest of us, it’s a must have, and the apps that go with it are absolutely brilliant, helping you out in all parts of your life. There are a number of applications for the iPod Touch that are related to travel providing a range of services from mini city guides to weather information to flight checks. Some of the applications are specific to America such as maps of the New York subway, but others are more general. Listed below are just 10 such applications that you might want to download to your iPod Touch when you are travelling.
WCities - Whether you are planning a weekend city break or a longer stay in a city then you will need information on your destination. WCities offers a service which allows you to download city guides to your iPod Touch. It has mini guides for over 300 cities worldwide. So if you want information on restaurants, hotels, films, weather, concerts, news, nightclubs and other local information check if the city you intend to visit is on their list. The service works by offering a free Windows application that will download the City Guide to your iPod Touch. There is also a WCities TravelBag that allows users to personalise the information that they download. So if you are particularly interested in sports events or shops or clubs you can create your own unique itinerary. You don’t have to pay for the service, but you do have to sign up to the site. Currently WCities coverage spans 1,900 cities.
WorldView - is an iPod application that lets you open a window on to another place in real-time. For example if you want to know what the weather is currently like in New York or what is going on at street level there is a webcam that will allow you to do just that. You can bookmark your favourite webcams and if you can’t decide which location interests you the most then you can browse through a list of locations. The locations are sorted according to how close they are to your current position. If you want to learn more about the featured location you can drill down to the details screen which offers everything from videos to animations. You can also find the webcam’s location on Google Maps.
Near+Now - is an application that lists interesting locations that are close to your current position. It can make suggestions about which nightclubs, restaurants, bars or clubs you should visit as well as entertainment for the evening. You can improve its suggestions by rating a few of the locations. The application will then try to find venues with a similar atmosphere or theme. Once you have your results list you can get more information about the venue.
My Urban Sherpa - is an application designed for both local people and tourists who don’t have the time to read through a guide book. If you want up-to-date information from people who really know the area then this is the application for you. The application not only recommends the best local restaurants, shops, leisure centres and bars, but it will also give you information about local cultural events and some of the hidden or lesser known gems of the area.
Currency Converter - is an application that since its release has been in the top 10 list of the most downloaded applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is able to convert between more than 200 currencies. It sorts currencies according to name, code or country making currency selection much quicker. It has an optional setting that determines the precision of conversion and it can even give you the conversion fees.
FlightCheck - is an application that allows you to check the details of flights across the UK as well as New Zealand. It has up-to-date information on cancellations and delays. The application covers every airport in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand. With this application you can check if your flight is on time, has been delayed or has been cancelled.
Tranquil Alarm - provides a more relaxing way to start the day. It combines a digital alarm clock with either soothing sounds from nature, or if the user prefers some sounds that they have recorded. No more harsh awakenings – instead wake up to the gentle sounds of nature. The RELAX feature can also be used throughout the day to listen to up to 55 calming sounds including beach waves, crickets and birds, acoustic guitar, Celtic flute, Tibetan bowl and Chinese wires. If you want a little longer in bed you can use its snooze function.
Travelocity - has introduced an iPod Touch application that allows users to access their popular online travel site, Travelocity, whilst they are on the move. Users can book their trips using the site. They can also find out about flight schedules by simply entering the airport codes of the departure and destination cities. The application will list full details of the flights including departure gate, terminal, scheduled time and actual time the flight is expected to depart or arrive. “Hotels Near Me” is a new feature that is location based and provides the user with a list of hotels that are near to them with links to hotel descriptions, maps and booking options. In addition users can update their itineraries booked on the Travelocity site. The application is available as a free download from Apple’s App Store.
Talking iPhone Translator - is not only a useful foreign language phrase book, it also translates phrases for you so that you can hear exactly how they should be pronounced. It provides translations for six languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek. To use the translator the user selects the required language and then the desired phrase from a menu system. The application uses recordings of native speakers and also displays a text translation on the screen. So next time you travel abroad in Europe you can ask for directions, order in restaurants or converse with the locals. The application is free to download.
WeatherOnline - is an application that offers not only weather maps but also worldwide city weather forecasts. It gives the temperature, cloud cover, wind speed, snow depth, rain risk, number of hours of sunshine and more. For cities you can get the weather forecasts for the next 1 to 12 days. There are also 24 hour weather forecasts in 3 hour intervals. The application allows up to 10 locations to be viewed at any one time. To download the application you need an active iTunes account, but the application is free.