OK, I’m convinced. Smartphones can be a lifesaver when you’re on the road. But in so many cases, you’re at the mercy of being connected to the Internet or paying roaming fees through the cellular network. The good news: there now are some handy tools that don’t require connectivity.
You can ditch the traditional guidebook with the new version of Triposo. These mobile travel guides are downloadable so you can access them from your iPhone, iPad or Android without going online.
It was created by former Google employees who use a similar model: the content comes from online sources, and what you pull up is customized to your location, time of day, and other personal preferences.
Another trip-planning app is called Tourist Eye. Download information and maps ahead of time and you can access them offline. It’s also got a journal feature and day-to-day planner.
Even if you haven’t planned ahead, you want a feature that shows you points of interest, like the nearest restaurant, coffee shop, or ATM. Around Me is a great one, but that requires connectivity. So as a backup, try CoPilot GPS, which stores maps that you can then search for points of interest.
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