While traveling is indeed a fun-filled, exhilarating, and exciting experience, it is also fraught with risks and challenges, especially if one were to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with perhaps nothing of use besides a Smartphone. But this is no cause for worry since technology is always on our side and we can make the best use of the worst situation through the use of gadgets, apps, and technology to wriggle out of tight travel situations These are some of the apps that could be safely, conveniently and hopefully used for travel apps, either singly or in combination.
Google Maps: By far one of our most trusted maps and trackers, this is free for Android users and in mobile phones has built-in GPS capability to provide street views and detailed guidance that could well plan and organize travel routes and unfamiliar terrain. This provides worldwide navigation except in some destinations where its use is blocked. Through the use of built-in devices, smartphones can double as compasses, gaining traveling and public transit data; gain traffic views in urban settings too and also determine longitudinal and latitudinal locations. Google Maps for Android also has a built-in facility for indoor tracking, especially in shopping malls, airports, and other places. This could be easily accessed on Blackberry and iPhone by navigating the phone’s web browser or by use of map widget on phone. Voice facility is also available instead of having to type instructions.
Hopstop: This is a travel mobile app that serves as a navigational tool for pedestrians, bikers, or those who commute by public transports like buses, ferries, and trains.
Through this, it is possible to track subway stations and gain a transit schedule. This is indeed excellent for public transportation trips and also offers taxi guides from departure to destination. This app could also be used for gaining data on hotels, restaurants, food joints, or bars, and also provides city guides, perhaps unheard of in mobile navigation applications.
CoPilot GPS: Just a 2-year-old app, CoPilot GPS features offline storage of navigation data and statistics, quite different from other apps that need internet connectivity or cell tower accessibility to watch maps during travels. This free app is available in most iPhones and Android systems and offers options up to three walking or driving routes, along with standardized maps. Premium versions also offer voice navigation with vocal turn-by-turn including the names of streets and so on.
Trapster: This app provides alerts for speed traps, street cameras and also warns against constructional hazards that could delay travel. It also senses traffic problems and digs out inputs from the database of nearly 15 million users to provide real-time data to enhance and secure travel needs and expectations. It offers data on traffic bottlenecks, snarls, school zones, toll plazas, and narrow pathways that could stall travel plans. The premium versions offer more facilities for detecting traffic hazards and other issues that could impede travel and trips and also offers ready solutions on how to overcome them.
It is always safer to have some travel apps preloaded while on travel since we do not know when this could be needed and come in handy. Please do not leave home without some kind of travel insurance apps.