Wednesday, September 22, 2010

5 Unusual Travel Apps for iPhone

As Autumn rolls in, I get the urge to travel.  Traveling this time of year is normally a popular endeavor due to being less crowded and having more desirable temperatures and weather conditions than the summer months.

There are so many apps available for mobile devices to aid in your traveling adventure.  There are all the common ones:  for booking a room ahead of reaching your destination, while driving along the road, checking your email, social media sites, posting to your blog, finding sites and guides about the cities and restaurants.

I was thinking about the more unusual ones that I have downloaded that I wished to share.

CardStar - is an app that allows me to keep track of all those membership cards that take up so much space in my wallet.  You know the ones, the rewards cards with scanner friendly barcodes.  I keep track of my frequent flyer numbers, hotel membership cards that allow me to give the clerk at the hotel the number so that I can get credit for all the points for that hotel chain or loyalty program.

Service Bell - is a cute simulation of the bell that sits on the hotel counter that makes a remarkable sound to use while standing at the counter and the hotel clerk is busy sneaking a cup of coffee in the back room.  Just set your iPhone on the counter and ring the bell to get their attention.  Service Bell Link

Treadmill VR - is a great app to add the outdoor feeling while using the workout fitness facilities at your hotel.  Place your iphone on the treadmill tuned to your favorite background of a beach motiff or wooded forest and choose that male or female to jog behind to liven up your early morning exercise routine listening to your ipod playlist selections.

Taxi Magic - is an app to locate and call your own cab on those mornings that you have overslept for that conference meeting and need to get going fast without standing in line at the frontdesk waiting for someone to call you a cab.

SodaSnap - is an app that you can use to quickly take photos of your travels and adventures and send to your friends  in email postcards

I was just thinking you could also utilize some of these same apps at home.  Just wondering how the hubby will respond to the service bell, when I am wanting special delivery of coffee for my early morning coffee break.


Patrice said...

Hi There,

I travel around the World at least once month from Wellington, New Zealand and am constantly prone to delayed or cancelled flights and my business contacts and family are constantly trying to understand when I am landing so that they can reach me.

I have therefore created an iPhone application that gives live departures and arrivals information for any flights at any given airport around the World. You can find an overview of the application at

There is also a draw to win an ipad everytime a milestone of 10,000 download is reached on the AppStore, more information can be found on:



inka said...

Hi Granny Joan, meet granny inka. I'm a travel writer and always on the look out for new gadgets to keep my writing and things up to date. Very good information, I'm grateful. Perhaps you find something of interest in my blog too.

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