If you really want to make the best out of your travel to Africa, then it’s best for you to have your mobile right by your side, as there are many mobile applications which can help you in every aspect of your travel. It doesn’t matter which phone you have (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, name it), because there are several travel applications, which can help you, roam through Africa with relative ease.
Before boarding your plane, make initial search. Gather all the information you need by visiting Tripadvisor’s mobile website. This travel-centred page features information which can help you have a great experience in Africa. Here, you can read the reviews of fellow travellers who have been in Africa. Their recommendations can help you add more places to visit or avoid certain hotels which provide poor service.
One great mobile application is Evernote. This program can help you take note of important things while travelling. You can store your travel documents including your passport, itineraries, tickets, confirmations, maps, and all the other stuff that you need for your trip abroad. You can also use Evernote to make memoirs of your trip around the continent. This mobile application can be used in your Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Android, Blackberry, Blackberry Playbook, or iPad devices.
Another great travel application is Offmaps. This helps you browse through different maps offline just by using your iPod, iPad, or iPhone. You don’t have to bring a big, bulky map everywhere you go. An advantage of this app is that it features public transport transfers so you’ll know where to hitch a ride. If you are looking for great gastronomic fares, this app is also helpful because it has a database of restaurant reviews. This app also has Wikipedia articles so you can brush up on your “Africa” knowledge.
If you want to speak with the natives, then a mobile application that might help you out is the World Nomads Language Guide. This program can be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone for just $1.99. It might not cover the entire African dialect, but it can help you out with frequent traveller’s questions. The Swahili Language Guide can help you out while you are in Kenya. Now, you don’t have to be frustrated if you want to ask “Where’s the comfort room?” Or “How much is the cab fare?”
If you want to post your pictures on Facebook, then you would need access to Wi-Fi. Well, you can find a great Wi-Fi service provider even while in Africa, with the help of the Jiwire Wi-Fi finder. This travel application can work with your iPhone or Android devices. Filter your choice of Wi-Fi connection (free or paid.) You can download the Wi-Fi list as well and browse through it even if you’re offline.
It pays to be prepared when travelling. Africa is a great place to visit, but you need to have firsthand information of the continent before hopping on your plane.