Smart Phone Travel Apps

These apps for your Smartphone may be available for both Android and Apple phones. It is easy to find them.

To obtain these apps for your iPhone, you need to access Apple's iTune/app store.

Many of iPad apps are also available for the iPhone. You may determine this by visiting the iTunes store

For Android phones, you can use the included app that came with your phone to determine if these applications are available for your phone.

Get Packed Developer: LuuX Sfotware. Price $1.99. Having to come up with a packing list can be challenging, but Get Packed actually creates your list for you and helps keep track of everything you have actually packed and have not yet packed, while you are getting ready to go on pilgrimage.

When you first launch the App, it will ask for your country of origin, this will help it create the personalized packing list.

Rome 2Go Developer: Ulmon Solutions. Price $0.99. This is a perfect companion for the Eternal City. This will help make informed choices about where to go, what to see and how to get there. The app includes a guide to the metro and a zoomable map of the entire city. It runs off line.

FlightBoard Developer: Mobiata. Price: $3.99 This si a single purpose app that provides live airport departures and arrivals information. A single tap on an individual flight listing pops up a sharing bar from which you can quickly share that flight's arrival of departure details via email

Weather+ Developer: International Travel. Price: $0.99 This is a full-featured weather app. This very clear full-screen display shows the time along with the current temperature and weather conditions. Also visible on the home screen is an at-a-glance five day forecast with a maximum and minimum representations of the expected conditions.

St. FRANCIS PILGRIMAGE PUZZLE Developer. Creative Dimensions. Price : $0.99 This app is a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi. It provides a fun virtual pilgrimage of the places and sites of his journey and his calling. If you would like to learn more or see these places in person, please visit >>Buy

JET LAG FIGHTER. Developer: Mental Workout, LLC. Price $1.99. Use this app to get more out your pilgrimage. Dr. Chris Idzikowski's approach uses natural techniques to speed up the adjustment to a new time zone.

LONGOPAL 44. Developer: Lingopal Holdings Pty, Ltd. Price: $9.99. There are over 900 phrases in all which is great, but the thing that really separates this app from old school phrasebooks is that each phrase can be played out loud in the native language! This means you don't need to guess at pronunciation or try to sound things out. Lingopal lets you display each phrase in big letters, plus you can add phrases to a "Favorites" list for easy access. No internet access is needed to look things up. Definitely worth buying if going abroad.

FLIGHTVIEW. Developer: Fligtview. Price: $0.99. This is a feature rich app. Let's start with finding flights you want to track. Of course, you could just add the airline (by name of airline code) and flight number, but you can also search for flights. Internet connection required. Highly recommended.

MY TSA. Developer: Transportation Security Administration. Price: Free. "My TSA" gives you 24/7 access to information that passengers frequently request from the Transportation Security Administration.

ROME HD. Developer: 4 Emme Service SpA. Price: 5.99. The Giracitta audioguide is thoughtflly crafted to give you all this in a way that is light, informative and simply a joy to listen to as much as it is to view. Highly recommended.

THE WORLD CLOCK. Developer: Orlin Kolev. Price: $0.99. It displays the local time up to 24 locations, selected from a database with more than 192,000 populated places from m ore than 230 countries around the world.

PLANE FINDER HD. Developer pinfroot limited. This app enables you to plot the positions and courses of commercial aircraft all around the world in real time. You can even zoom in and see the aircraft icons moving across the map as the app is constantly updating positions. You can view flight paths, search for specific flights by flight number, filter by airline and choose from a host of other custom options. There's also aircraft data and lots of photos for aviation enthusiasts to pour over. Lite version is free.

CITY MAPS 2Go. Offline Map and Travel Guide. Developer: Ulmon GmbH. It's easy to get lost when you visit a new city and it can be a pain standing around consulting maps, trying to find where you are and then orientating yourself. City Maps can solve all these problems and for a fraction of the cost of tradition maps.

All you need to do is download the latest version of the map for the city you're planning to visit -- all downloads are free once you've bought the app -- and you're good to go. There are presently nearly 3000 cities available including Rome, Zurich and Prague. Once downloaded the maps are completely accessible offline with information on places of interest and the ability to bookmark sports yourself. Very valuable for the traveler.