“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
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It’s that time of year for one of my favorite columns – travel. (And this year there is a bonus because I am going to do a Wednesday Webinar on Wednesday, June 26 on tips for trouble-free travel.) Since I believe that travel is critical to emotional stability, which helps us be better at our careers, this is an important topic for law office management and technology.
I am writing this column just after returning from another adventure trip with women through a company called Adventures in Good Company, where 13 other women of a certain age and I hiked the Appalachian Trail for five days in Shenandoah National Park. While I was driving home, I thought how wonderful it is to travel and that I have never – not once – ever had a bad experience when I have traveled. Admittedly not all my experiences had worked out as planned, but none has ever been negative.
I am going to offer you (in no particular order) some of my favorite sites, apps, tools or gear for traveling. Fasten your seatbelts.
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson
The Layover app is an offshoot of Anthony Bourdain’s series, The Layover featuring new cities every Monday! With more than 10 years of travel experience, Bourdain is the authority on traveling abroad and at home. The Layover app, currently for the iPhone and iPad, lets you explore Bourdain’s favorite places to stay, eat, and drink in major cities around the world. You can watch a video of the app at www.travelchannel.com/video/get-the-all-new-layover-app. The app was Apple’s Best of 2012.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
I still love using guide books but with the iPad, I find that I am just as happy downloading guides to my iPad and using them like the hardcover guidebooks. Here are some I have used.
- Triposo (www.triposo.com) is an extensive site that allows you to download apps for thousands of locations. It allows you to use them offline. It has sites, all free, for 8,000 locations all over the world. I just downloaded London and Great Britain because that is where we are going in September. It will also give suggestions based upon the time of day, weather and specific location. You can also create a travel log with the app. I recommend the website as well as the app which is available for Android, iPad, and iPhone.
- Although there are only a few City Guides for mobile devices, I have used Fodors City Guides and they are free (www.fodors.com/mobile-apps/).
- Another traditional guide book is Frommers (www.frommers.com) , and while they do not have good mobile apps, the website is very good and you can get many of their guide books in a “lite” version on the site.
- Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/apps-and-ebooks/) offers services for both Android and iOS and online downloadable guides.
- Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com/apps) is the online review site but now offers much more. Remember to take some of their reviews with a grain of salt. The reviews are good for an overview but they are so wildly different, you have to be careful.
- In addition to the National Park Service site (www.nps.gov) and individual national park sites, National Geographic has a wonderful mobile app for many of the National Parks (www.nationalgeographic.com/mobile/apps/national-parks-by-national-geographic/). This was also an Apple best app for 2012 – I actually used it when I was hiking in Shenandoah NP in May.
- TouristEye (www.touristeye.com) gives you the option to choose cities you want to visit and build a cutomized daily itinerary of the places you want to see. Not only that, you also get to find out about transportation bookings, lodgings as well as travel events. Unfortunately it is only available for smartphones (Android and iOS) and not the iPad but I like the fact that you can create your own itinerary.
If you want more of these tips and sites, join me for the Wednesday Webinar on Wednesday, June 26, from noon to 1:00 p.m., at It could change your life.