Travel Apps

When it comes to travel, you can and should take your iOS device with you! For a list of essential apps to pack before travelling, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Travel Apps for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of travel applications from the App Store.

Buy HearPlanet (Lite): Audio Guide to the World on the App Store

Hear Planet: This Audio Tour Guide is Slightly Off Its Axis

HearPlanet Inc. bills their HearPlanet iPhone app as the Worlds First Talking Tour Guide for your cell phone! Sometimes being the first is not necessarily the best position to be in. While Hear Planet is a wonderful concept much fine-tuning is definitely needed to have this planet rotating properly.

Buy ICOON global picture dictionary on the App Store

ICOON Traveler's Picture Phrasebook is a Reassuring Travel Buddy

Nervous about traveling someplace where you cannot speak the language? Fear not. ICOON global picture dictionary by AMBERPRESS is less complicated than any translation phrasebook I have used and it is handily accessible right on your iPhone. 

Buy Babelingo Translated Phrases - 11 Languages on the App Store

Babelingo: a Personal Multi-Language Translator

Babelingo is an on-the-spot translator by Alta Vida LLC featuring 300 words and phrases in 11 different languages right on your iPhone or iPod Touch. There are a few ways to navigate the Babelingo library: categorically, by favorites, or by searching.

Buy Packing (+TO DO!) on the App Store

Packing: Listmaker Helps you Pack Fast, Travel Light or Super Light

Packing - A couple of years ago, I raced to Boston's Logan Airport to catch a flight to Sao Paulo. It was only after I was standing in front of the nice lady at the ticket counter I realized I had forgotten my passport.

Alpine Ski Trail Maps Show the Lay of The Land for Skiers

Alpine Ski Trail Maps promises to relieve you of having to tuck away those foldable ski maps into your coat. Instead, it offers hundreds of maps that can instead be all tucked away onto your iPhone/iPod touch.

Cell Ban Warning: Entering a No Cellphone Zone!

Although Imagine-It's Cell Ban travel app doesn't work as well as advertised, I still might be $100 richer if it had been available a few months ago. That's when my teenage daughter was nabbed by New York City's finest for gabbing on a cellphone while she was on her way to visit her big sister in the big city.

Ski Lodge is More Than Just Snow Reports

Ski Lodge is not the first snow reports app that I have reviewed, but it is just as good as the rest of them. It also offers much more than the rest of the snow report apps. The opening page of Ski Lodge shows all of the favorite resorts you have saved.

Quid is Your Quick and Easy Universal Currency Converter

Quid - Currency Converter by Houdah Software is a new on-the-go international currency converter for your iPhone or iPod touch. With thirty-three different foreign currencies to choose from, Quid (formerly ACTCurrency) makes any international business a breeze.

Buy iTimeZone - World Clocks Calculator on the App Store

iTimeZone Keeps Your Head Straight

iTimeZone - You are scheduling a teleconference for 10:00am with your colleagues in New York, London and Tokyo.  But what time will it be at their offices?  Will anyone be in? To solve this dilemma usually takes figuring out the time difference for each of these cities separately.

Buy VegasMate - Las Vegas Travel Guide on the App Store

Vegas Mate is a Helpful Travel Guide to Sin City

Vegas Mate, the recently released city guide app by the Vegas Media Group, provides very useful information for anyone going to Sin City. Vegas Mate provides lists of hotels, restaurants, shows and activities are the main focus of the app.

Linguo - A Superior iPhone Translation App

* Editor's Note: We've reviewed many translator apps since this article first published in 2008. For more up-to-date-information check out the iPhone translator Travel Interpreter. When it rains, it pours.

Buy Translator 42 Languages on the App Store

BdTranslator - Translations App

AppCraver reviewed translation app Talking Phrasebooks recently, so when Alan Cook from Bad Dog Apps sent us a free test version of BdTranslator, another translation app, I thought we'd take a look at it and compare it to Talking Phrasebooks.

Buy Spanish to English Talking Phrasebook on the App Store

Talking Phrasebooks make for Great Travel Companions

The Talking Phrasebooks apps from UK application developer Coolgorilla offer basic phrases and dictionaries in six languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek and Portuguese) with over 350,000 downloads so far and Spanish being the most popular language. How Not to Write an iPhone app

The new "App" from is not really an app at all, but just an iPhone optimized website with an iPhone app wrapper.  You would think that Interactive Corp, the large Barry Diller controled parent of would allocate sufficient resources to produce a decent iPhone version of their (excellent) service.

TruPhone is cheap, but not anywhere near free

TruPhone is cheap, but not anywhere near free

Truphone at first sounds too good to be true -- VOIP on your iPhone. So, is it like SkypeOut, which is very close to free? Well, not exactly. When you download the app, you are given a free $4 to apply towards any calls, international or domestic.