Like we previously wrote in our post about location based services, there are some great benefits to using them. They allow you to experience a lot more, by providing you with the content you want, tailored to your location.
As any traveler, you often feel a bit lost – you don’t know the area you’re in, you’ll probably be unable to speak the local language, and just wandering about might not be a game you would like to participate in.
That’s why we’ve gathered some of the best apps in the location services sphere, and filtered the ones that will provide travelers with the best value on their travels.
Google maps (free) – As well as being a great navigation app, maps also offers reviews about local attractions, allowing you to learn a lot about the location you’re in. Maps also provides tools that are aimed at travelers, like navigation by foot and by public transport. Make sure to download it for your next trip, it’s an awesome app at an unbeatable price.
HearPlanet ($3.99) - HearPlanet truly has the traveler in mind. It’s so touristic, it’s almost unreal. It provides you with audio info based on your geographical location – they do this by reading out Wikipedia articles directly via app. With a over 300,000 locations around the world, HearPlanet is a great tool to learn more about the place you’re currently visiting.
Accuweather (free) – This is the weather app KeepGo‘s team turns to. Accuweather provides you the most detailed and accurate information among major weather apps. Though they use a lot of indicators to provide you with the latest weather updates, as this info is always well-organized and intuitive, you never feel lost or overwhelmed.
Waze (free) – As we previously wrote, Waze is a location based app that relies on crowdsourcing to provide you with information about the roads you’re taking. This information is then used to provide you with best possible routing and navigation. The biggest problem with Waze is its low coverage – currently having full map coverage in only a handful of countries.
TripAdvisor (free) – Pretty much anyone who’s ever traveled is familiar with TripAdvisor. This website is a vast pool of travel related information. With the TripAdvisor app on your iPhone or iPad you are able to tap that information, filtered to your geo-location – enabling you to chose the best hotels, restaurants and entertainment around you.
Airbnb (free) – Airbnb is one of the fastest growing start-ups in the US. It allows you to book anything from rooms to entire castles, from private individuals around the world, bypassing the hotel experience altogether. Every seller has a rating and customer support is available 24/7. So if you encounter any problem, Airbnb won’t leave you hanging.
Travelers Quest ($0.99) – Despite having the word “traveler” in its name – this app is more of a game than anything else. A GPS treasure hunt, to be exact. Not only is it a great way to spend a few hours, it’s also a unique way discover a new travel destination. If you’re in to wandering about and discovering new places – this app is the best of its kind.
Shaloc (free) – You can instantly share your location with your friends, family and even the police (if you have a secret crush on the big brother). The app provides real-time tracking by generating a www link to send around, and you can always stop sharing with the click of a button. For the modern traveler, this is just an easier way of telling everyone, “I’m fine, relax”.
SitorSquat (free) - When you’re out and about in a foreign place, you tend to eat, drink and relax. But “what goes in, must come out”. You can usually rely on local cafes and the sort, but this app will do you one better; SitorSquat will not only locate these public toilets, but provide user reviews(!). A simple, free, app that you may find indispensable at times.
Traveling is a great experience. But knowing how to take full advantage of it was a lot more difficult just a few years ago. Today, by using technology, travelers are able to tap into online and locations-aware tools, and use them to be more organized, knowledgeable and save hundreds of dollars in the process.
Though, mobile technology has advanced rapidly in the last few years, roaming prices have not kept up with this new playing field, and remained as high as ever. We at KeepGo, believe these technologies should be much more affordable than they currently are – so we decided to “disrupt” the roaming data market and offer 1Gb and unlimited international data SIM cards for as low as $7.99 per day, with 24/7 support and a 100% satisfaction gurantee.
Give us a try for your next overseas trip, we’re sure that once you experience what it’s like to be an KeepGo customer abroad, you’ll never settle for anything less.