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Sure, trip planners, packing lists, and flight time checkers have all made organizing our travels easier, but what they haven’t done is make travelling more fun. If anything, they’ve actually taken some of the fun away.
In a quest to enhance your travel pleasure, we present 9 iPhone apps guaranteed to make travel more fun.
A clever collection of classic car games injecting hours of fun into your drive. Relive fond memories of your youth while you have a go at 20 Questions, Name That Tune, I Spy and a carload of other nostalgic favourites. You’ll fall in love with the app before you can say “Punch buggy”
2. Toilet Mate
Holding it in is never much fun for you or the kids but Toilet Mate is your tool for instant relief. This bladder saving application locates and directs you to the nearest public restrooms, before the kicking and screaming can even begin. Best of all, “accidents” will be a thing of the past.
Nothing sucks the fun out of a hot summer’s day like a pack of pesky mosquitoes feasting on your flesh. Skip the spray and arm yourself with the latest in mosquito defences, the Mosquito Device. Emitting a hypersonic frequency hazardous to mosquito ears, you’ll keep the bugs away and get back to having fun without smelling like a chemical factory.
This just might be the first backseat driver you don’t want to run over. Not only is it actually helpful, directing you to your closest gas stations, restaurants, hotels and attractions , it will actually be quiet when you tell it too (and that’s fun in itself).
The days of bringing your boring generic travel shots home to family and friends are over. Tilt Shift Generator let’s you take stunning professional looking pictures, making travel photography infinitely more fun (both for those taking the pictures and for those viewing them).
Often the quickest path to fun is through drink, so let Mixologist come to your service. A personal bartender for your pocket, you’ll learn how to whip up over 7,900 different cocktails, martinis, punches, and shooters. Just don’t try to sample them all in one night.
A great day of travel begins with a good night’s sleep. Drift off to sleep quickly with the soothing natural sounds of the Sleep Stream. Did your travel buddy drag you out to a concert you just can’t stand? Just activate the Sleep Stream and you’ll sleep right through it. Be careful though, you don’t want this accidentally going off during a rock climb.
You may not have the space to bring along a full sized instrument, but you can still rock out on the road to the sweet sounds of Pocket Guitar. Strum it, scale it, and smash it just like a real guitar (though we don’t condone the later). A few hours of practice and you’ll have a full army of groupies in tow. Rock on.
9. Where To:
Boot up Where To and find out where the fun’s happening around you. In an instant it, you’ll be directed to the areas best restaurants, spas, shopping and attractions. Throw your guidebooks away, and follow Where To to where the parties at.
Got an app that’s made your travels more fun? Tell us about it in the comments below. It’ll be a blast.
True, Tripadvisor, Frommer’s and the Lonely Planet are some of the best online travel communities going, but they’re far from the only ones amongst the greats. So go on, expand your travel community horizons and check out our 7 Best Off The Radar Travel Communities:
1. Travelistic From Youtube to Hulu to Yahoo, were a video obsessed bunch. Travelistic has cleverly taken this to head and created a travel community wholly centred around video.
Log on and you’ll find over 10,000 user submitted travel videos, to view, comment on and inspire your future travels. Want to visit the Great Wall? Journey to the top of Everest? You can do it all on Travelistic, without ever leaving home.
2. Igougo A masterful all in one travel community, where you can plan your trip, compare flights and hotels and share your travel experiences with the world.
Just type in a destination and you’ll be instantly connected to a plethora of photos, reviews and users who have traveled or reside there. When you’re ready to go, create your very own trip journal and give back to the community by sharing your own travel experiences.
3. Trip It Less of a travel community and more a travel service, Trip It is perfect for the organization nut in all of us. Just enter your flights, hotel stays and destinations and let trip it create an optimized travel itinerary for you in seconds. Never miss another plane or train again.
For those who truly want it all, upgrade to the pro version and Trip It will automatically alert you if there are changes or delays in your travel plans. That means less time at the airport, and more time at the beach.
4. Dopplr Create a map with the dates and location of your travels; share it with the Dopplr community, check out other’s maps, then meet up with those whose travel plans overlap with your own. If you’d like to keep your location a secret from some (mom, dad, a raging x), don’t worry, you can control who can and can’t see where you are.
Along the way you’ll get a wealth of location specific travel information, so you’ll always know where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. Taking the thinking out of traveling, we like that.
5. Travbuddy Travbuddy’s got all the ingredients that make for a killer online travel community; helpful forums, honest reviews, stunning travel photos and a dedicated membership 1.5 million strong.
Travbuddy ups the ante by giving you your very trip blog, allowing you to easily post your stories, pictures and reviews as you go. There’s even a built in mapping feature that builds a map of your travels as you venture across the earth.
Wherever, you’re headed, this is one buddy you don’t want to leave behind.
These 100% user created and edited travel guides, give you the collective wisdom and travel experiences of over 250,000 members, right at your finger tips. From country and city guides, to travel health and safety information, you’ll find everything you need to get in the know, before you go.
7. Travel DODO Travel DODO takes travel reviews and puts them into a fun, easily digestible format, Travel Do’s, and Travel Don’ts.
Want to find out which restaurants, hotels and attractions are best avoided in France? Just click on the location on the interactive map, and you’ll be given a list of places to cross off your list (travel don’ts) , so you spend your valuable vacation time wiser.
Frankly, you’d be a DODO, not to check up here before you GOGO.
Come across any great off the radar travel communities of your own? Don’t be shy, please share them with us in the comments below.
Let’s face it, with the millions of tweets shooting through our Twitter streams each day, standing out from the pack can be tough. But somehow, someway, there are those that do. Whether through their uniqueness, personality, or simply by providing great information, their stories are noticed and retweeted dozens of times over.
While there are undoubtedly many more stand out travel tweeters out there, here’s 10 that regularly broke though the clutter for us:
WebSite/Blog: Where I’ve Been
The Lowdown: Put simply, a twitter treasure chest packed full of the best travel news, tips and advice on the web. If you’re after a one-stop twitter travel shop, @whereivebeen is where to go.
WebSite/Blog: Nomadic Matt
The Lowdown: Serial traveler @nomadicmatt inspires you to travel the world, sharing uplifting tweets about his experiences from his 3+ years of continuous travel.
Website/Blog: Travel Rants
The Lowdown: Entertaining and energy filled travel rants on hotels, airlines, and travel agencies – all with the aim to bring you better travel experience.
Website/Blog: Silly America
The Lowdown: Tweets about all that is silly, wacky and wonderful about the U.S.A with some killer photos thrown in to compliment.
Website/Blog: Road Side Peek
The Lowdown: Nostalgic, eye opening tweets and pictures on the great landmarks and attractions dotting America’s roads.
WebSite/Blog: Travel Dudes
The Lowdown: A non stop twitter travel stream of gold, sharing the best things to do and see around the world.
Site: Lonely Planet
The Lowdown: Lonely Planet’s got one of the best twitter ideas going. Just mark your tweets with the #lp hashtag and if they like it, they’ll re-tweet it for their travel community of 27,000 followers to see.
The Lowdown: For the budding vagabond who just can’t bear to stay in one place, Vagabondish’s off-beat backpacking tweets and how-to travel tips will forever keep your inner travel bug alive.
WebSite/Blog: Yeah That’s Kosher
The Lowdown: Dani Klein gives you 100% certified kosher tweets, tracking down the tastiest kosher cuisine from around the world.
The Lowdown: For those in search of a nostalgic road trip down historic route 66, look no farther. @route66kicks compiles all the best stories, information and resources from the famous road spaning from Los Angeles to Chicago – then tweets them.
So there you have it, ten travel tweeters sure to stand out from the pack. Anyone deserve to be on the list that we missed? Which travel tweeters stand out for you? Spill your guts, we want to hear it.