20 May 2010 | Team Tamar

My first holiday with the iPhone


I moved to London about a year ago from California and up until I had an iPhone, I wouldn’t leave home without the chunky, heavy London A-Z guide in my handbag.

iPhone apps like Maps and TubeMap have made life my expat life in London a bit easier  and I’m looking forward to putting some travel apps to the test when I visit Venice, Italy this weekend.

Here’s a list of the apps I’ll be using at the weekend.  I found these apps via www.topappcharts.com and a Google search for ‘iPhone apps Venice Italy’.

I’ll review the listed apps in a post next week.  I’m expecting good things and hope I won’t be disappointed!

Language Translator (free version): According to feedback from others who’ve been, Venezians are apparently more helpful and nicer to you when you at least attempt to speak Italian.

TripTracker – Live Flight Status Tracker (free version): The ash cloud and looming strikes are making air travel so unpredictable.  Will be using this app to monitor our flights.

Wi-Fi finder (free version): This is supposedly thelargest directory available of paid and free Wi-Fi Internet access – over 280,000 locations in 140 countries worldwide.  My husband is a workaholic and I know he’ll ‘need’ to plug in at some point.  It’s not fun to be around him when he can’t find a way to plug in when he wants to!

City guides.  Venice Touristic Audio Guide (completely offline), Tap Venice Eating (completely offline) (all paid): I decided to download ‘offline’ guides because I’m not sure what the coverage is like in Venice.  If there appears to be good coverage in the city, I may download a guide that incorporates GPS tracking.

SitOrSquat (free): This app has a list of ‘usable’ restrooms worldwide.  Wish I downloaded this ages ago! Enough said!

Have you found travel apps helpful while on holiday?  What are your favourites and why?

Team Tamar

  • http://www.toozla.com Alexei

    Hi Milly,

    Try our worldwide guide (search for Toozla in iTunes). It’s free.
    Yes, it consumes GPRS traffic, cause everything is downloaded on the go. So if you not Vodafone, you probably better purchase local SIM.
    Benefits: for Venice we have both professionaly-made and Wikipedia-based guides. You will need to spend traffic for those points where you walk only.