One of the greatest uses the iPhone has given me is the ability to travel without worry. With the iPhone in hand I always know where I am and what is around me. Not to mention I can find travel deals, book a room or flight, find some good food, and see my entire itinerary of my vacation in the palm of my hand before I take a step out of my door.
There are many travel apps out there and it can be a little overwhelming when trying to weed through all the apps in the app store. Lucky for you I’ve done the hard part and not only weeded through the apps but have personally tested them.
So I present to you my favorite (and best) iPhone travel apps for finding cool places:
Finding Places to Go
1. Yelp – Probably the most used app on my iPhone, especially when I go on vacation. Yelp has helped me find little hidden restaurant gems that I would have never found otherwise. Including, but not limited too, helping me find the best breakfast I have ever had at Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix Arizona. But that’s not all it does! You can find everything from bars to laundromats to hotels, check into places (letting your friends know where you are), rate and review, read other peoples reviews, and get directions to the places you want to go to.
2. Thrillist – If you haven’t heard about the Thrillist website and live in or near a major City (i.e. New York or Los Angeles) then you need to get going and sign up for the service. How the site works is this: They go out and find the coolest and best places to eat, drink, and shop and shop in your neighborhood and email them to you. Then they email you these places with a review and sometimes even a deal. One of the coolest features is your ability to save your favorite places to your Thrillist account on line so you don’t have to try and remember the places you want to go try. Here’s where the iPhone app comes in handy. You can access your favorites on your iPhone. Then the iPhone can lead you to them. Cool, right? But the fun doesn’t stop there because if your in Boston but don’t have Boston favorites, the app will load up a map with the nearest “Thrillist” spots to you.
3. Urbanspoon – Want to eat somewhere but not your friend keeps saying “I can eat anywhere. It doesn’t matter”. Then you reply “I don’t care either, anything is cool with me.” This can go on for hours upon hours. Enter the Urbanspoon app. This handy dandy little app will make that decision for the both of you. Simply choose your location (it will find the nearest cities for you), what kind of food, the price range you want to spend, and shake your phone. Presto! Urbanspoon chooses a random place based on your inputs. Situation solved. You could also see a list of restaurants nearby but what fun is that?
4. Foodspotting – Hungry? Any one of the apps above can help you find a good place to eat. But how would you like to find a place to eat by seeing actual pictures of the dishes the restaurants offer. That’s exactly what foodspotting does. Search for a place to eat nearby by looking at pictures people have taken and submitted to the site.
5. Happy Hours – This app does one thing but that one thing is a God send. It will tell you the nearest places that have happy hours going on in real time. Not only that it will tell you what the happy hour deals consist of at each location. Needless to say I love this app not only because it allows me to get my drink on but it also save me a pretty penny.