For travelers, these apps will keep you on course

Aug 28, 2009
Education

The great international railway adventurist Paul Theroux once wrote, “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.” You know the feeling—the midnight wandering through foreign streets to find your hostel, the pantomiming it takes just to buy a loaf of bread without getting swindled. But now, with the iPhone, a library of travel-friendly apps can ease the […]

The great international railway adventurist Paul Theroux once wrote, “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.” You know the feeling—the midnight wandering through foreign streets to find your hostel, the pantomiming it takes just to buy a loaf of bread without getting swindled.

But now, with the iPhone, a library of travel-friendly apps can ease the strife for any world traveler–that is, as long as they have one of AT&T’s international data packages, which start around $24.99 per month. Without a plan like this, a three-minute YouTube video could cost you about $40 in roaming charges, according to the AT&T Web site. Luckily, many European cities offer free WiFi, so don’t forget to pack your iPod Touch.

For planning

The first you should consider is SodaSnap Postcards (free). It lets you take pictures, add text and send personalized e-mails to help fuel the envy of all those saps you left behind.

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