The iPhone and iPod Touch Apple devices have what looks like an unlimited number of applications that are useful for travelers. Better yet, applications are constantly being developed to keep up with the wishes and needs of consumers. Some are free, but some are also worth the few extra dollars. You can begin planning your next trip with several iPhone apps that let you book and make reservations right from your phone. These apps often tie into your Paypal or other credit card accounts making booking as simple as a click. There are fare comparison tools as well with many search options that can help you get the lowest rates for your next flight. The Kayak app for one does an extensive search of all the deals it can find online in terms of airfare, hotel prices, car rentals, and often everything else you need to book for a trip. You can finalize your reservations and book straight from Kayak on your iPhone.
Do not limit your travels only to places where you know the local language. Instead, download one of the many good translation tools and customizable translator applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications are generally free and translate in over 30 languages. These applications are useful for translating basic words and phrases, although it is not always grammatically correct. Although you should not rely on this app while traveling, it is a useful reference to be used in some situations.
Sometimes one of the most frustrating things while in a foreign city is trying to find a public bathroom. Luckily, one of the many iPhone apps for travelers is SitOrSquat. This free application locations the closest bathroom to you when nature calls based on the address or zip code you provide it. You can even add bathrooms that you may discover while exploring new places. Perhaps one of the best features about this application is that it tells you if a bathroom in a given place is open or not.
It is easier to keep in touch while on the go with the Skype app for iPhone and iPod Touch and will save you further on roaming charges so long as you can get a hold of a good wi-fi signal. You can do everything with this app on your mobile device as you can do with Skype on your computer, except for video conferencing. You can easily save money with Skype on your iPhone or iPod Touch by avoiding expensive roaming and data plans. The only catch is that you'll need a wireless connection to benefit from all of Skype's voice and text messaging features.
The Currency iPhone app is straightforward and simple-it provides updated exchange rates for over 90 forms of currency around the world. This app is also available in 15 different languages. If you are looking for a currency not on the extensive list, or you need this app in another language, you can let the developers know and they are open to suggestions. The 5 apps listed above are only some of the many useful travel applications for iPhone and iPod Touch. App developers are constantly coming out with new and handy apps for frequent travelers. Whether you need to search for hotel or flight information, translate a few words, or find a bathroom while in a foreign country, iPhone apps make traveling and communicating fun and easy.
By Anil Polat