Travel Apps

The countdown to Spain has begun. 4 weeks from tomorrow!

In preparation, I have begun researching apps to best serve our needs while abroad. The more you read, the more you know, right? To suggest the layers of information available is overwhelming, would be quite understated. From the highest rated restaurants with kids to the best walking streets for shopping. From the top city map apps to the most efficient transportation routes. Requiring a global data plan (cellular). Free without data. I perhaps am more confused now than I was before, but at the very least, I now know how to ask (in Spanish) for directions to the bathroom -- On ├ęs el levabo?

This list is by no means complete or thoroughly vetted, but at least it's a start.

1. MetrO: Advises on the most efficient route via subway, bus, railway (depending on the city). Once the city is installed, no network data is required. Free.

2. City Maps 2Go Pro. Easy to use offline city maps with popular landmarks and insider tips. Free.

3. iStone Travel Translation. Translation support for over 300 daily global phrases. From asking for directions to greeting a new friend. No data connection is required. Free.

4. minube. Based on recommendations from other travelers, discover the best places to eat, shop, stay, etc. Free.

5. Triposo Spain Travel Guide. Complete city guides for major global cities. Bars, pubs and nightlife section. Eating out section. Free with no data required.

6. Museo del Prado. Official app for the famous Madrid museum. Added kid features such as a museum treasure hunt, to encourage interaction with and appreciation for the works of art.

I feel I've barely scratched the surface of what I could know. Please share your recommendations for additional apps.


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