If you travel a lot, or are even just looking forward to an upcoming trip, then you may be surprised to find that your best travel companion is with you at all times, right inside your purse or pocket.
That's right, your iPhone may just be your most powerful weapon against unfortunate travel mishaps that befall ill-equipped trekkers. Want to know how you can make your iPhone do double duty as an assistant on your journeys?
Five free but amazing travel apps for the iPhone:
#1. Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire Inc.
No matter where you go – whether you are travelling for business or for pleasure – chances are you could benefit from being able to find the nearest Wi-Fi hotspots, and fast. Wi-Fi Finder is just the app for that, delivering easy to read maps of your area, with every available Wi-Fi source labeled and filterable by paid/unpaid, type of locale, etc.
#2. Wikihood by Holz und Gillmeier Wikhood Gbr.
Need some help getting around once the plane touches ground? Awarded as Germany's Best App of the Year for 2010, this awesome app can be very helpful no matter where on the globe you go. Simply enable geolocation and Wikihood will deliver to you a compilation of all the worth-while destinations in your area, complete with full Wikipedia descriptions and pictures.
#3. GasBuddy by GasBuddy.com.
Travelling is expensive. Cut your travel costs with this app to find all of the cheapest gas stations close to you. GasBuddy actually displays a map of your area, with the gas stations clearly tagged, and even displays the cost of gas per gallon for each one.
#4. TripIt Travel Organizer by TripIt.
This handy app actually creates your itinerary for you, by compiling all of your emailed travel information into one consolidated, chronological list. All you have to do is synch it with your Google mail account and presto, your itinerary is ready to go! Not a Google user? That's fine – just have all of your travel confirmation emails delivered straight to your TripIt interface.
#5. SitorSquat Restroom Finder by P & G Productions
How many times have you been in a strange, unfamiliar place and needed to find a restroom, and pronto? Any traveler who's had this experience knows that finding a place to squat can either make or break an outing. Using SitorSquat, you can find every place near you available for . . . sitting or squatting . . . on a toilet. Reviews and ratings can help you decide where to park your seat.
As you can see, there is no shortage of great apps to aid you along in your journeys. Make use of all five of these travel apps for your iPhone, and say goodbye to unnecessary travel mishaps.
About the Author: Clemencia Bleck loves to travel and is planning a series of Turkey tours to complement her business travel in 2013. She always has her iPhone by her side and uses it constantly in her business and travels.