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Old 06-02-2012, 11:55 AM
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Travel Apps

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good ED travel planning app for the i-Phone?
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:42 PM
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I guess it depends on what you mean by "planning". I use TripIt to construct itineraries. I like the interface and the way it scrapes details from flight and hotel reservations, etc. But I usually end up editing the intermediate product on a desktop. It then sends alerts, both for departures and arrival and for changes, cancellations, etc. The basic version is free, but I actually use the "Pro" version, branded from Amex.

I use FlightTrack to track other people's flights, as it is lower overhead than TripIt. The exception is my son, as he uses TripIt and our calendars are automatically synced.

Lonely Planet has a good guide to Munich, useful if you'll be spending time there. The iPhone version was free at one point; it maybe still is.

The app I use the most is Open Table, but I think the only coverage they have in Europe is London. But it is great for SF and Hawaii, if you are headed in that direction.

There is a new (free) Amex Departures app with city guides, but while I have downloaded it I have not checked its European coverage. (Just looked at it...London and Paris only in Europe.)

On the ground, we make heavy use of bilingual dictionaries. I like Collins, and have stopped carrying phrasebooks. But my pronunciation is so bad, I often just point to the word on the screen.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:46 PM
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My favorite tools are Booking.com to find reasonably priced and European-rated accomodations, then using TripAdvisor to verify the ratings of other visitors. I throw out the low and high scores and judge based on the remaining reviews. I also use Mapsource and BaseCamp in sync with my Garmin Nuvi to map out things in advance. From there I will co-ordinate my Garmin maps to my actual GPS and then check out the route again through Google Maps, followed by Google Earth. I love checking out the satellite views of places I'm visiting. In fact, I pretty much anally plan out the entire period of my trip far in advance, and then change half of it once I get to Germany.

TripIt is also a fabulous tool for keeping track of one's intinerary.

I also like to check out the websites of towns I'll be visiting. Most German towns have websites which are simply the town named followed by ".de". Such as "fuessen.de" or "berchtesgaden.de".

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I'm a big fan of tripadvisor when traveling in Europe and especially the "near me now" feature if you end up in a town where you had done little or no research, etc.
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TripIt is my number one travel App. Keeps all my info in one place including confirmation numbers, addresses, notes etc.

Rest of the time, I just sort of wander around on foot or behind the wheel and take what comes.

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I have an Amex card, how do you get the Tripit Pro Amex version?
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I have an Amex card, how do you get the Tripit Pro Amex version?
Check here http://www.amextravelapp.com/faq

Google is your friend.

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