Those who like to explore and choose adventurous type of holidays always need some guidance with language or maps, should they consider their smartphones a second appendage, why not? Unless you are doing digital detox, you are likely using the internet and want to be connected and informed. Look4ward picked up for you awesome applications worth downloading for your travels.
Wikitude (iOS and Android, free) is very easy way to find local restaurant. This apps allows you to hold you phone and move it across the horizon to spot a multitude of places within easy walking distance. Tap on the floating icon of choice then hit ‘route me there’. That’s it – you’ll be sampling the cuisine before you know it.
Time Out (iOS and Android, free) is a great directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. With coverage from Accra to Amsterdam, Edinburgh to Singapore, the app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder is a particularly useful tool, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customised travel guide for your holiday.
Flightradar24 (iOS and Android, £2.49) is amazing tool for planespotters, you can monitor you friends or family members’ flight movements. All you need just hold up your phone to the sky and watch as the screen fills with icons relating to a raft of passenger jets. If you tap an icon of individual plane you can get al the information about it including full stats on every civilian passenger plane currently in flight (map of its live flight path, current altitude, speed and estimated arrival time).
Google Translate (iOS and Android, free) is a very original way to communicate with people in a different language. It’s most useful on a practical level quickly translating day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text – such as a sign, or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveller.
Star Walk (iOS, £2.29; Android, 99p) is an interactive astronomy guide that shows celestial objects in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing detailed information about them. It helps anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps users understand amazing cosmic phenomena. By focusing your phone on the sky above, you can marvel as it displays all the stars visible to the naked eye and beyond – along with overlays of their constellation names and a tranche of fascinating astronomical particulars.