Thursday, September 22, 2011

Travel Tech - iPhone Applications for a Working Vacation

iPhone 4 I still do a lot of my travel planning and scheduling on paper, I read the guide books and write copious amounts of notes in preparation for our vacations.  I must admit though that once we leave the house,  I would be lost without my iPhone, and all the super abilities it gives me to call up any information I need at a moments notice.  I'm wired for mobile access to anything I may need while we're gone and these are a few of my favorite applications that help me stay on top of it all.

TripIt - Where I'm going, when I need to be there, reservation numbers, confirmation codes, even personal notes, TripIt stores all of my important travel information for me.  This great app has actually replaced my Passporter as far as what I carry with me (I still use the Passporter Guide for planning but don't carry it) to the parks.  With this app and the handy itinerator, you can organize trip details into one master online itinerary, and it automatically includes maps, directions and weather!  If only it had park maps too.

Lines -  I simply wouldn't even think of leaving for a Disney vacation without the mobile app from TouringPlans.com.   Called "Lines", this handy application keep me up to date with park hours, a crowd calander, highlights special events, suggests which parks are the best to visit on a given day, and up to the minute information on wait times for every single attraction at Walt Disney World.  It also allows me access to the touring plans, lets me submit ride times, has a chat, and gives me a 10 day park forecast.  If you don't have Lines... well, why on earth don't you have Lines!?!?

TweetDeck -  This is just one of the tools I use to share my vacation with you!  TweetDeck organizes my Twitter account for easy mobile access.

Weather.com - Rain or shine I'm headed to the parks, but I like to make sure that I'm dressed well for the day!  Current conditions, 10 day forecasts, and tropical tracking during hurricane season make this a must have for my vacation!

Dropbox - Like it or not, since I'm a Disney Blogger when I'm in Disney, I'm working!  Dropbox gives me the opportunity to access important files and share them with contacts all from my iPhone.   With 2GB of free space, I can store, share, and edit my working documents on the go.  It's my office in super mobile form.

PDF Reader - Another application for instant access to the information I need, I have a PDF reader so that I can read the DFB 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Mini-Guide while I'm touring!  All of the Disney Food Blog's Publications, like the must read DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining and the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks come in PDF format, don't eat the world without them!

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