Theres an app for That

These days, there is an app for everything. In terms of travel, there is an app for that too. Cultural travel is easy when you have your mobile technology in hand, and your apps in place. This is a great asset on a trip, but don’t count on it being the “everything” about travel. Why? Because technology is always limited, and can always go wrong. Use it as a tool, rather than your absolute map. There is an app for everything these days. Even Lonely Planet has an app for just about everywhere.

What it does: Get thousands of recommendations for places to eat, sleep, sight-see and more. Lonely Planet’s guides to Italy, Ireland, Australia, France, Spain and Costa Rica are the first to become apps.

Cost: $9.99

What’s hot: The entire app is available offline, so there’s no sweating data or roaming fees. It was designed for travelers already on the road, so you can tap into cultural sites and walking tours mapped to a specific neighborhood. Those who plan to use it for a future trip might find it tough if they don’t know where they want to go first. Don’t fret, head straight for the “Highlights” and “Regional Itinerary” sections for inspiration before you sink your teeth into specifics, such as where to sleep or eat.

I don’t know about you, but counting on technology in remote places can be a bit……frustrating if you are in a remote area of Africa, or South America. I don’t want to discourage you from Lonely Planet’s app, but know that there are always limitations in anything involving technology. Real human contact can be so much better sometimes. Always looking down at your phone can take away the richness of the experience in another culture. Read all about the Lonely Planet’s app here.

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