5 Free Essential Android Travel Apps

Posted by - September 7, 2011 | Category: Loot

Free Android Travel Apps

Android travel apps are fast becoming my new fave thing.  Almost as much as hearing those sweet three little syllables that make my heart aflutter — “Free Wi-Fi”.  I have become addicted to my Android.  Originally I was just using it for email, Facebook, and Twitter, but now that I’m actually travelling, I find I’m using it more and more as a personal travel companion.  It’s easier to fire up than a laptop, and I don’t have to waste time hunting in a guidebook. So I’ve put together a few free Android travel apps that I currently use.

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5 Free Essential Android Travel Apps

Android Travel Apps — #1: Kindle

kindle android travel apps
Trying to kill time waiting for delayed flights to New Zealand?  Looking for something to do on
that long train ride to Hanoi?  Read a book.  I know, what a novel idea.  Although I don’t have a Kindle, I can still download Kindle books directly to my Android. Yes, the print is a little small, but it’s very handy, and I don’t have to carry around a lot of devices, or a lot of heavy books.  Did I mention it’s free?  You can download it through the Amazon Android App Store.

Android Travel Apps — #2: StarTranslate

StarTranslate Android travel apps

This translator can help get you out of a bind in a pinch.  You can translate text messages as well, and there’s even a nifty little text to voice feature so you don’t have to attempt to pronounce the language you’ve
translated to.  The text to voice doesn’t work for all languages, and the ads are a little annoying, but as far as Android travel apps go, this is still a pretty good deal.  Now, how do I say, “One more beer please” in Russian?

Android Travel Apps — #3: Wikitude

Wikitude Android Travel Apps

This is proba
bly my favorite of all the Android travel apps I have downloaded so far. Billing itself as a “Mobile Augmented Reality Guide”, it uses your phone’s camera and GPS to pull geo-cached information from Wikipedia, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and a pile more.  It’s great for finding info on exactly what you’re looking at, plus getting reviews on restaurants, sites, etc.   But it’s a dangerous app — you could spend hours looking at it instead of the sights you are supposed to be seeing.

Android Travel Apps — #4: Tiny Flashlight

Tiny Flashlight Android Travel Apps

It’s, well…a tiny flashlight.  Since I don’t aways carry one around with me — not since we got electricity and
all — this is handy from time- to-time.  And it doesn’t take up any space.  It’s a life-saver when the light on your phone is not enough to guide your drunken ass back to your dark beach bungalow.

Android Travel Apps — #5: Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map Android Travel Apps

If you’ve ever been lying on a beach late at night wondering what the heck you’re looking at
overhead, then this is the app for you.  It shows you the names of constellations and planets directly overhead based on your GPS location.  Does not identify meteors or comets however.  Google, can you get on that please?

So I’d like to hear from you — What Android Travel Apps do you find most useful?

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24 comments - add one
    1. I had a BlackBerry for years too, but the BlackBerry App store was, ummm, like a roadside stall that didn;t sell very much.

      Loving the Android way of life. And did I mention FREE? That’s right — FREE TRAVEL APPS! 🙂

  1. Like Angelina, I too have a beloved iPod (though I h.a.t.e. iTunes, but that’s another story) and yep, the Kindle app was among my first grabs. And though I now also have a Kindle, I still maintain that reading, as well as watching movies, etc. on the bitty screen (be it iPod or Android) is (surprisingly) just dandy for long bus rides, etc. when traveling.

    Indeed, it’s precisely the small, unobtrusive size that makes it a far better travel techno than a Kindle, a netbook, or a laptop. Disproportionately powerful for it’s unassuming (and thus less of a target for theft/breakage) size.

    Interesting gaggle of apps – will check them out. My own recent “finds” include “Dragon dictation” – a most nifty app that (amazingly accurately) transcribes voice notes to myself that I can then send to myself as emails), and “Wunderlist” – a free “to do” app that (unlike the otherwise extremely popular free version of RTM – Remember The Milk), syncs continuously w/ my laptop.

    All of course… desperately dependent on “those sweet three little syllables” to work their magic. 😉

    1. Great list Dyanne! I’ve been using Color OneNote for making notes and writing (it’s a lot easier to text that write in a journal than a bumpy bus ride), and I can send it to email, or even WordPress. I will definitely check out those other two though.

      Thanks for these!

  2. Some good apps on here. I don’t know what I’d have done with myself on my various lengthy layovers without my Kindle at hand.

    I do like my Android phone, but tend to travel with an iPhone. Hopefully most/all of these apps are available on that particular piece of hardware too.

  3. I fly on Continental Airlines a lot and I love the Android Application they have to access their Mobile Web Site. Besides being able to check schedules and book flights and look at reservations, it lets me do things I would not expect. Like what kind of plane will I be in and will it have a movie or satellite TV or will it have plug-ins for charging?

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