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6 Great Apps for Traveling

Posted: May 31st, 2016 by

6 great apps for traveling

Traveling in unfamiliar places can be frustrating

Where’s the cheapest gas, the best food, free WiFi?

Load these FREE apps and the answers will be at your fingertips


gasbuddy

Don’t leave home without this FREE App!

Gas prices can vary enormously by up to 20 cents a gallon or more.

The Gasbuddy App will find the cheapest gas price in the USA or Canada by city/zip or postal code.

Plus there’s a chance of winning $100 of gas every day!

Earn points for reporting gas prices and earn awards for posting gas prices

 


FoodspottingLogo_200px

This FREE App is a visual guide to good food and where to find it.

Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend dishes and see what foodspotters, friends and experts recommend wherever you go.

Unlike other restaurant apps, the Foodspotting App is about dishes, not just restaurants, you can find whatever you’re craving, from Dumplings and Dosas to Cronuts and Ramen Burgers.

 


Foursquare

Never feel like a stranger when traveling once you download this FREE App.

Foursquare is your ultimate city guide, in your pocket.

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit — in any city in the world.

Access over 60 million short reviews from local experts.

You can also save places you want to go, so you never forget

 


touchnoteOnce Upon A Time, people sent postcards. This FREE App makes it so easy.

The Touchnote App allows you to use your photos to create and send REAL personalised postcards – the easiest way to share memories, and make someone’s day!

There is a small postal charge, but you can handle it all from your phone. So no more looking for a place to buy stamps.

You can even include a micro-sized Google Map of your whereabouts.

And you can also share your postcards on Facebook.


BonjournalCreating a Travel Journal with photos is simpler than you thought possible.

Bonjournal is a FREE App that is a simple way to record and share your travel adventures.

The app helps you easily collect all the beautiful moments, stories and pictures from your journey into a single narrative.

Making entries each day means no homework when your trip is over!

 


wifi finderThe FREE WIFi Finder App will help you find FREE WiFi hotspots in more than 50 countries around the world:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United_States, Vietnam.

And you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to find the nearest hotspot — all the hotspots are stored locally on your device.


The Greatest Adventure Lies Ahead

J.R.R. Tolkien

Using these 6 great apps for traveling, means you can focus more on your Great Adventure,

rather than spending time looking for places to eat, visit, shop or fill the car up.

And you can make Grandma’s day by sending a postcard!

Don’t forget to sign up for an Inncentive Card and get a Good Night’s Sleep for Less

All these Apps are Free and available for iphones and Androids.


FREE is Good! (part 1 of a 3 part series)

Posted: May 29th, 2013 by

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Schools out, and while many folks plan their summer vacation well in advance, there are that many more who don’t. All, however, face the daunting task of where to take the family, especially if children are involved. Pets are also often a consideration as to whether to leave them with a caretaker or pack their leashes and include them in the summer fun.

The cost of getting away can be a factor, and often dictates how far one can go and how long they can stay. Let’s face it, vacations can be quite costly; I have therefore collected a montage of fun or interesting places for the family, focusing on FREE. I have even included a post script where the family pet is concerned. Read on . . .

marine helicopter by ahisgettAlabama bound? Why not visit the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker, Alabama, where admission is FREE and it has a kid-friendly environment. A Trip Advisor review stated, “Interesting and kid friendly . . . our 9 year old especially loved it as there was a helicopter he could climb into.”

An interesting factoid: Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army Aviation Center training military, civilian and international personnel in aviation and leadership skills and is situated in SE Alabama near the Florida and Georgia State lines. It is also near Enterprise Alabama, a city that built and dedicated a monument to an agricultural pest, the Boll Weevil (the only monument of its kind in the world).

A popular outdoor recreation area is Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park

A popular outdoor recreation area is
Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park

Families who live in or near Arkansas are indeed lucky. Check out their on-line calendar featuring FREE FUN ACTIVITIES and EVENTS for the entire year, including the 28th Annual Steamboat Days in Des Arc, or the 42nd Annual Smackover Oil Town Festival and you won’t want to miss Donkey Day: The True Spirit of Independence on the 4th of July in Mountain View.

You might easily hear the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” when visiting the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is FREE but there may be a ‘nominal’ Environmental Impact Fee for vehicles during the weekends and holidays. Some events to look for during the summer months include ECO Kids Discovery Day on June 1st, then on June 2, bring the whole family for FREE Fishing Days at Berhneim’s Cedar Pond and Holly Pond.

Photo courtesy St. Louis Zoo.org

Photo courtesy St. Louis Zoo.org

Admission to one of the most well-known Zoos in North America is FREE; however, there are nominal costs for various attractions at the St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri. If you get there early, during the first hour of operation, you can ride the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel FREE, featuring “64 colorful hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species at the Saint Louis Zoo,” or visit the Children’s Zoo at no cost as well. Another FREE thing in St. Louis is simply observing the iconic Gateway Arch.

Be sure to read part 2 of this 3 part series on FREE is Good!