iPhone, iPod touch or laptop?
Are iPhones good for travel? And if they are what are the best iphone apps for travellers? Craig, Linda and Kev from Winging it Round the World talk tech in this episode of the Indie Travel Podcast.
A laptop is not the best travel companion: it’s big, heavy and valuable. You don’t want to be worried about damage or theft while you’re exploring the forests of South East Asia or the stormy streets of Iceland. You want to be connected but not burdened by the technology you travel with. Kev is about to set off on a round-the-world trip with his partner Lucy and they’ve decided to downsize to a iPod touch.
At first they considered an iPhone, but data rates are expensive to start with and global roaming rates would bankrupt anyone. They’ve passed up the 3G connection and the GPS satellite navigation for the cheaper iPod Touch and its wifi internet connection. Both have a wide touchscreen and access to the iTunes application store. In his first podcast, Kev talks about his top ten applications for travellers and, here, we talk about the top three.
Top iPhone apps for Travellers
A brilliant conversion programme which includes things like clothing sizes and telephone numbers along with normal things like currency and distances.
WorldNomads language phrasebooks
Free, downloadable language guides in a variety of languages. As well as the iPod versions, you can download mp3 versions of the guides from Indie Travel Podcast.
Sehat Rosny Guides
Very cheap, interactive travel guides which replace traditional paper guidebooks. You get free, lifetime updates for each location you buy.
You can find Kev and Lucy at Winging it Round the World or their podcast in iTunes. You can get a free subscription there and sign up for the Indie Travel Podcast on iTunes too.
What do you think about travellers, laptops and smart phones? What iPhone applications would you recommend for Kev and Lucy as they set out on a round the world trip? Let us know in the comments.
WorldNomads.com provides great value global travel insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online, even if already travelling. All World Nomads get free travel blogs, safety advice and language guides for your iPod. You can also support a Footprints community development project when you purchase online. WorldNomads.com – keep travelling safely.