Jellies, Mobile Apps and a Couple of Giveaways!

This week’s edition of The Travel Guys includes a stop at one of summer’s perfect destinations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jellyfish are the featured guests of the aquarium for the season. Sports Leisure Vacations Director of Technology Ryan Quinn is on hand to tell us if any of those “Travel Apps That Can save Your Life” are actually worth a hoot. Plus, Mark has a travel question for listeners to answer and prizes are involved. Sunday at 2pm on The Travel Guys.

Links from the Show

The Travel Apps that could Save Your Life

(But Most Probably Won’t…)

  1. ICE 4 Travel – 2.99 – Didn’t work for testing, so we have no real opinion on this one unfortunately.  The app claims to store all your relevant medical information in one place and translate it as needed while abroad.  An interesting idea, for sure – we recommend keeping an eye on the app’s reviews to see if the issues are resolved in the future if this interests you!
  2. Smart Traveler – FREE – It’s free, doesn’t take up a lot of space and gives you access to all of the Department of State’s information for international destinations.  What are you waiting for?  Go grab it!  Great for checking in on a place before you or a loved one hits the road.
  3. SaferBus – FREE – Those of you who need something like this probably already have it, for the rest of us, it’s probably not worth the hassle.
  4. Help Call – $2.99 – Locates where you are and gives you access to emergency numbers anywhere on the planet.  If you’re leaving the states at any point in the near future, you need this app.  Just don’t test it out – take it from us and the local police department (which we accidentally called twice…)…it works…
  5. mPassport -$.99/city – if you’re just heading out of the country for a couple of weeks, this app is probably overkill, but if you’re planning on living abroad, then what  could be more useful than a list of doctors in your area ordered by profession, distance and phone number?

The Apps we REALLY Love…

  1. TripIt – FREE – Tripit is a great service that allows you to forward confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars and just about anything else.  When it’s time for your trip, you’re itinerary is all in one place, organized by when you’ll need it.  It’s insanely helpful – we even used it to track a kayaking excursion midway through a San Diego escape last week!
  2. Yelp – FREE – You probably already use this app for finding the best eats and attractions in your hometown…it works just as well everywhere else!
  3. FlightBoard – $2.99 – It’s like having an entire Departures/Arrivals board right in the palm of your hand.  I use this app extensively for figuring out what gate I need for a layover while still on the plane.  It hasn’t been wrong yet (knock on wood…)

 

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