Let’s take a look at some of the applications that have made travelling easier and more exciting.
This ambitious app creates a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your trips on an interactive map. The app tracks you as you go, marking a red line along a map on the exact route you take; the app also monitors your speed and altitude, making it great for adventure travellers, though it’s just as fun to look back at your route around a city. You can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way, creating a multimedia travel diary you can share.
• Free, iOS and Android
KIDS AID APP
In an emergency situation all knowledge of what you’re supposed to do can vacate your mind in the panic and adrenaline of the moment. This app gives emergency information to parents and teachers when they need it- an indispensable app for when you are travelling in a place where perhaps you don’t speak the language or when help is not easily reachable. This South-African built app won the 2013 MTN Business App award for best windows app. It includes information about how to do CPR and what to do in the case of poisoning. It also tells you what not to do. The app is available on iPhone, iPad, and Windows Mobile at a cost of R24.99.
Take a roadtrip across SA and you’ll quickly find that people change their mother tongue more often than you stop for petrol. Aweza offers the means to communicate with nearly everyone in South Africa. The aim of the app is to get South Africans talking to each other. The multilingual app, which is still in beta stage but usable, relies on contributions from the public to add to its library of spoken phrases. It has audio and text phrases in 10 languages: Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English and is being updated everyday (they still need to develop a Zulu translation). Free on Android
The local app that lists South Africa’s hiking trails. It has plenty of features that include trail search, current distance from trail start, weather at trail head, details of trail, contact and emergency contact of trail authorities, directions to start of trail, GPS map of trail only to mention a few.
Available on iOS and Android.
If you have any other suggestions of awesome Travel Apps, let us know!