Cell Phone Apps for Travel

Traveling with a smartphone is all about having the right travel applications. The right cell phone apps can make getting there and being there a little bit easier! Here is a list of some of the most popular cell phone apps that travelers rely on worldwide. First, before you go, the most important thing you need to do is understand your phone’s data plan.  Chances are your phone will work as you walk around Italy or Japan, but you need to know what it will cost you. Don’t be hit with a financial shock wave when you return home. Before you download any cell phone app, including any of the ones listed here – know that almost all app developers make you give up some privacy when you download an app.  If you have never taken a look at an app’s rules and conditions prior to downloading do this time, you may be amazed at what you find. The following is a listing of the most common smart phone travel applications broken  down by subject: Packing Packing Pro: Even the most experienced traveler sometimes forgets a mobile phone charger or a hair dryer. Packing Pro asks you to set up a few lists of must-dos and must-haves for the various types of trips you take. The next time you go somewhere, just check off each task, from stopping newspaper delivery to packing your prescriptions, as you prepare to leave. If you’re not in the mood to customize your chore list, an assortment of templates are tailored to women or men, kids or no kids (and how many), where you’re going, and for how long. Packpoint:  This is an easy to use packing list app that is for both business or leisure use.  What makes it unique among other items is that this one helps you organize what you need to pack in your luggage and suitcase based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Obviously its main focus...

US Department of State Smart Traveler App – A Must Have Download for International Travelers...

The US Department of State has created a free smart phone App called “Smart Traveler.” This is a brand new travel tool than anyone traveling overseas should consider downloading to their smart phone – and it’s free!   The app is called “Smart Traveler” features travel warnings and alerts for countries around the world.  At your finger tips you can gain access to embassy addresses and phone numbers, entry and exit requirements, and safety and security tips for foreign countries The Smart Traveler app the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. The app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. The Department of State smart phone apps are free to download and are available in both iPhone and Android versions located here: U.S Gov Site  both links The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which allows you to enter details about your upcoming trip so that the State Department can assist you in an emergency. Americans living abroad can also use the program to access information about the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. How To Use Smart Traveler App By Country Select the country or area you’re interested in from the alphabetical list, or start typing a country name. Once you’ve selected a country, –Choose “Know Before You Go” to get travel warnings on that specific country or region, a map, safety & security information, and more. –Select Country Background for information on people, history, government, political conditions, and more. –Select US Embassies/Consulates for a complete list of all US embassies & Consulates overseas. Build an eTinerary –Select e-tineraries from the icons at bottom menu –Select the Plus sign (+) in upper right to build a new itinerary. Name your itinerary, add any notes, and then select Save. –Add destinations by selecting the Plus sign (+); fill in country and arrival and departure dates, then Save. –Add other destinations, and Save again. –Select...

France – Paris Smartphone Apps

The following in an interesting list of smartphone applications for Paris.  Click here to...

How to Save Money with Skype on International Calls

How to Save Money with Skype on International Calls Calling cards used to be the way to save, but now there’s a new standard to avoid high international roaming charges. Skype is a simple service that allows users to chat, talk, or video chat over the Internet. Best of all, Skype-to-Skype calls are free, though there’s a small fee to call a land line or mobile number. Even if your phone works internationally, remember to check with your provider before you travel to avoid surprises when you return. TIP: To avoid high rates for simply receiving voice mails and text messages, don’t forget to turn off international roaming on your phone before you arrive. 1. Download the Free Program on Laptop or App on Your Phone Download the computer program at Skype.com or through your app store. The mobile apps can be used on iPhones and iPod touch 4th generation (with iOS 4.0 or above), as well as on Blackberry, Android 3G smartphones, and certain multimedia phones. For video chat, you’ll need a forward-facing camera. 2. Create a Skype Account for Free When you join, you’ll choose a Skype name and set up a password. Contacts can be added manually or imported from sources such as Facebook, gmail, and MSN. To save the most, make sure your key contacts have Skype accounts too. 3. Decide Between Free and Subscription Options Skype-to-Skype calls are free but to call a mobile number or land line, you’ll need to buy credits. Prices range from pay-as-you-go calls to the U.S. for 2.3¢/minute up to an unlimited world plan for about $14/month. There are special plans based on regions, countries, and also options to enable group video calling. 4. Find and Connect to Wi-Fi This step is key to avoid charges from your cell phone carrier. If you don’t have access to free wi-fi, you can also pay by the minute with Skype credits at over 500,000 locations worldwide. 5. Call Family and Friends...