Please forgive my Mary-Poppins-on-speed posting this morning, but there is a good reason why I’m just about wallowing in glee!
Peter and I will be boarding an Air France flight this afternoon for Paris, one of my favorite cities in the world; after the hectic pace and stresses over the past 3 months, this trip has come like manna from heaven.
After spending 6 glorious nights in Paris, we plan to train it to Strasbourg and explore the Alsace region and the Route des Vins before heading down to the South of France. There, we will discover the dramatic coastline of the French Riviera and the numerous perched villages of Provence before making our way across to the region of Carcassone and finishing in Toulouse.
As luck would have it, my new “toy”, the iPhone 4S, arrived two weeks ago, just in time for our France trip. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to fill it with the best travel apps that would support us on our journey (apart from Twitter, of course!).
Here are some indispensable travel apps for a trip to France:
1) Viber (free) - Viber is an application for iPhone and Android phones that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the Viber application. This is catching on like wildfire, so if you don’t want to pay those exorbitant global roaming charges when you travel, get on to Viber now.
2) Kayak (free) – This metasearch engine is amazing for one-stop hotel and flights price comparisons and booking. And once you’ve made a decision, Kayak transfers you to the actual airline or hotel website for final payment. No dealing with middlemen.
3) Flashlight app (various) - These turn the light from your phone’s screen or camera flash into a decently bright flashlight. Always handy for those dark country roads!
4) Maps - Google Maps are great. There are many other options available, so just get one!
5) TripAdvisor (free) - My favorite travel website. This established travel site features reviews, advice and booking facilities for hotels, B&Bs, and resorts the world over.
6) Weather maps (free) - How else are you going to work out your travel wardrobe?
7) English to French Translator ($0.99; By Shoreline Animation) - More than 700 phrases recorded by native French speakers; no internet needed. This app has more features than any other similar translator app.
8) Metro Paris Subway ($0.99) - The original and No. 1 selling app for getting around Paris.
9) TimeOut Paris (free) - Your complete guide to what’s hot and happening in Paris in terms of art, culture, nightlife, things to do and shopping.
10) Webjet (free) - Allows you to view flights to a wide range of domestic and international destinations, compare prices of leading airlines, and book flights on the go, even while you're traveling. You can easily find the cheapest day & airline to fly to popular domestic cities if your dates are flexible.
11) Flight Status Live ($5.49) - Recommended by the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, this app gives you live tracking maps, flight status updates, and notification of airport delays.
Have I missed any of your favorites? Please share with us your comments in the “comments” section below.
In the meantime, hope this finds you well, and I’ll be dropping you a line from Paris!
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