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How do you usually find new travel apps for your iPhone or iPad?
- Word of Mouth. Someone tells you to try certain apps.
- Articles. Read about apps in blog posts and other online sources, magazine articles, or newspaper features.
- By Accident. Stumble across a banner ad, mention in an online discussion, hear a TV or radio ad, and so on.
- Apple’s App Store
This McCool Travel blog post describes some basic and stealthy ways to use the Apple App Store in iTunes to find new travel apps for your iPhone or iPad.
If you know exactly which app you want, enter the app name (or a portion) or vendor into the Search Store box at the top right of the screen. If you just want to browse apps, read on.
The Apple App Store arranges apps in each Category (such as Travel) into areas including Paid, Free, New and Noteworthy, and 10 Essentials.
McCool Travel Tip: You can view a list of the most popular travel apps in your web browser–without opening iTunes. Most of these apps are FREE and it is a combined listing of iPhone/iPad travel apps. Clicking on any app title to display the app’s web page (including if it is iPhone, iPad, or both). Click the View In iTunes button to download/buy the app.
The Apple App Store is easy to use and navigate.
The top portion of the screen cycles through apps that Apple chooses to feature. Most are free and are worth looking at, downloading, and using.
Below that is a set of New and Noteworthy apps, as selected by Apple. Clicking on the See All link does the same thing as scrolling through the apps. So, See All, in this case, does not show all new travel apps.
McCool Travel Desired Feature: I actually wish there I could view all new travel apps. Each area (Free, Paid, New and Noteworthy) can be sorted by Release Date but I do not know a way to find all of the newest releases. Note that there are 1000s of travel apps so it would be overwhelming.
On the right side of the screen, the top 10 Free, Paid, and Grossing apps are displayed.
One other cool feature is the Travel box image below the New and Noteworthy list. Other similar images are specific apps (like hotels.com and hipmunk). Clicking the Travel image leads to an organized sorting of apps including Plan Your Trip, Destinations, Your Local Guide, and More Travel Tools.
Below are quick links to several of the Apple App Store listings:
Top Paid iPhone Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Top Free iPhone Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Top Grossing iPhone Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Top Paid iPad Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Top Free iPad Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Top Grossing iPad Travel Apps (note: this link opens the App Store in iTunes)
Finally, a few of my favorite travel apps you may not know about:
Travel Channel Layover Guide: for the Tony Bourdain fan
HotelCoupons: electronic version of those hotel coupon guides found at visitor centers and rest stops
Yelp: my go-to source for finding authentic places to eat
What are your favorite travel apps? How do you find new travel apps?