Monday, 8 September 2014

4 Great Apps When Travelling to NYC (among other places)

When planning our recent trip to NYC, I found 4 apps that were really helpful. If you're planning a trip to NYC, or really anywhere, the apps below may be useful to you too :)


Trip Planner Pro



What this app does:
This app helps you plan your vacation by adding your flight and hotel info plus any excursions or activities you'd like to do. Inside each of the items listed, you can add details like addresses or opening/closing times.

Why I love it:
I'm a 'lists' kind of person, so I used this app to help us organize which places we wanted to see, and which order would work best. It was also nice to have the addresses we needed all loaded into my phone.

Cost: Free










Stray Boots


What this app does:
This app is an interactive walking tour and scavenger hunt. Pick a city, neighbourhood, or theme and then complete challenges on your phone as you explore a new place and learn interesting facts. This app would be super fun whether you were a tourist or a local! There are over 60 US cities listed, and a few international cities as well. I can't wait until they have a Toronto tour designed.

Why I love it:
Much to my frustration, once we started our Stray Boots bar tour of the East Village, I was feeling very ill, and we had to abort our plans. However, the first bar we were guided to, d.b.a. was very cool, and we were able to complete one of the first two challenges correctly!

Cost: Free for basic app, but the individual tour costs range from $5-12.







TodayTix




What this app does:
Buy discount Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets up to 7 days in advance using this app. Tickets will be hand-delivered to you at the venue 30 minutes before the show starts.

Why I love it:
I would say the discounts are similar to TKTS, and this way I could buy the tickets via this app (and the day before the show) without having to trek over to Times Square in the middle of the day.

Cost: Free
Use the promo code YIVZJ for $20 off your first purchase.








New York Subway Map
 

What this app does:
This app helps you navigate the New York metro system. By entering your starting metro stop, it helps you plan the best route to your destination. The app provides you with the trip duration time, number of stops, and number of line changes.
(Just FYI, the stops with white circles are the stops for the express trains. Local trains stop at both black and white circles.)

Why I love it:
Compared to the Toronto subway, NYC is a whole other ball game. This app was great because I just put in our nearest metro station, and the metro station we were headed to, and all was planned for me.  Once I got the hang of how this app worked, it was super useful. We used it multiple times a day on our trip.

Cost: Free






Bon voyage!
Any other apps you love to use when you travel?
xo
J

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