With London Olympics approaching, there are a number of apps that can enhance any trip to London. Below are five recommended apps that the savvy traveler headed to the Olympics can use for enjoying the games and London while navigating the city. Here are 5 travel apps that can help make your trip go smoother:
Let Tagwhat be your mobile tour guide as you make your way through the streets of London. It's an app that uses your location to give rich and relevant content about the places around you via text, videos and photos from information created by Tagwhat, its users, publishers and public sources. Want to know the side street where they photographed the cover of David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album, or where Lady Diana's previous bachelorette pad is? Tagwhat will put the stories of the London places around you directly into your hands. And for those that aren't making the trip, just go to the "visit" tab in the Tagwhat featured list. Cramped double-decker buses and want-to-be comedian tour guides not included.
The app is free on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tagwhat/id369297038?mt=8
Imagine bumping into Michael Phelps during a break from sightseeing. Wouldn't it be great to have immediate bragging rights by snapping a photo, adding some text about your encounter, and instantly sharing it with your friends and social networks using an app on your phone? Enter HipGeo. This app allows you to share your experiences via innovative geo-aware technologies that automatically transform your iPhone, iPad and Android photos and text into a creative narrative of your everyday and far away adventures. The HipGeo app and website lets you watch your travels instantly unfold on maps and automatically creates virtual albums, which can then be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and by links in emails and blogs.
The app is free on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hipgeo/id454240692
Ultimate 2012 Olympic Guide
On July 27 the greatest show on Earth kicks off in London, in the form of the 2012 Olympic games. Celebrating the event of the year in all its glory, this unofficial MagBook app covers all 39 disciplines, highlights the athletes to watch out for, contains interviews with bona fide Olympic legends and even includes a day-by-day Olympic schedule, ensuring you never miss a thing. Facts, figures and fun: it's the ultimate guide to the ultimate sporting event.
The iPad app sells for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ultimate-2012-olympic-guide/id507159253?mt=8
London Tube Deluxe:
With Olympic events taking place all over the city, getting to each of them doesn't have to be one. London Tube Deluxe is a feature rich, no-nonsense transport guide to Greater London. Used more than 50,000 times a day by Londoners, visitors and even Tube drivers, this app makes navigating the London underground a breeze. Just remember to mind the gap.
The iPhone app sells for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/london-tube-deluxe/id300139358?mt=8
XE Currency App:
Whether London is your only stop, or there are other European destinations on your itinerary, you're going to need the correct currency in order to buy all your souvenirs. The XE Currency App converts every world currency on-the-go. It features live currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works evenwhen the Internet doesn't. Spend on.
The app is free to download on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xe-currency/id315241195?mt=8
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