Hi! Over the past 45 days, I’ve done some traveling for business and pleasure, internationally and domestically. I wanted to tell you about some of the tools and software on my Blackberry that served me well on my trips.
This post is about 700 words long and will take you less than 5 minutes to read.
Note that these are not in order of importance. Some of these things are free and some cost money.
One of the coolest apps I use is WorldMate. (I did a blog post last September about WorldMate…you can see it by clicking here). WorldMate helps you manage all aspects of your trips, from the itinerary to knowing the weather. You can type your information into the program on the web or on your handheld device or (and this is a VERY cool feature) you can email your confirmations to WorldMate and they will add it to your itinerary automatically! The app is integrated with hotels.com so you can make reservations right in the program; you can also make limo reservations, use the currency converter with the latest rates, see world clocks and more. WorldMate runs on the web and on my blackberry and syncs wirelessly automatically so everything is the same everywhere. LinkedIn integration is the latest feature and allows you to see if any of your LinkedIn contacts is near where you are. All this stuff is included in the free version; there is a Gold upgrade with an annual fee that lets you see airline schedules and check the status of your flights from within the program. When I travel, I don’t need to carry my itinerary anymore…it’s all in my blackberry! And I can email my itinerary right from the app. Check it out at www.worldmate.com
When I travel in the US (and also when I’m moving around locally), I use Garmin Mobile on my blackberry. It’s a full function GPS on my phone featuring voice turn-by-turn directions and local search. It integrates with my address book so I can easily add a new destination. I’m on AT&T so my GPS is unlocked, meaning that Garmin works on my phone. Verizon customers can’t use Garmin but can use VZ Navigator. Garmin is $99 one time…I like that better than the $9.95 a month the carrier charges. I’ve found the Garmin Mobile app to be accurate, reliable and extremely useful on my trips and, since I always have my phone with me, it’s a winner. http://www8.garmin.com/mobile/mobilext/
I’m a foodie — I watch the Food Network more than anything else on tv! I use Zagat To Go on my blackberry all the time to search for restaurants and get ratings. I can email the reviews and using the app, add the restaurant to my phone’s address book and calendar. Since it’s an online program, the reviews are the latest available and you can search using a dizzying array of options. A subscription to Zagat to Go is $3.99 a month. http://mobile.zagat.com/
Last July, I wrote about Tether, then known as TetherBerry (click here to see that blog post). Tether let’s you use your bb to connect your computer to the internet anywhere you have cellular coverage. You don’t need wi-fi and, with an unlimited blackberry data plan, your connection to the net is basically free! It costs $50 once, though you can probably get it on sale if you’re patient, and it’s ridiculously easy to set up and use. In this day and age when hotels charge a daily fee for internet access, Tether is a boon. I know you can set up your phone and computer to access the ‘net without buying software but I think Tether is worth it because of it’s ease of setup and use. And when you’re sitting in an airport waiting for a flight, using Tether means I don’t have to shell out $15 for the day when I only need internet access for 45 minutes. http://tether.com/
In addition to those apps, I spend time in Pandora (music), Facebook and UberTwitter (all free), keeping up to date with my stuff. Suffice it to say that I rely on my blackberry when I travel…it really does make life easier!
Are there apps that you use when you travel? What do you think of the ones I told you about?