CoolTechStuff: Travel Apps

Summer is coming, so it’s time to start planning that trip.  Here are several apps you might find useful on your trip to visit the world’s great architecture and other points of interest. By Larry Mortimer, AIA


Circa – World Time and Meeting Planner for Travelers:  This app helps you to keep time across multiple time zones and locations. Available for iOS and Android devices. ($3.99)


izi TRAVEL – City Guide & Museum Audio Tours:  An audio guide for travelers. It’s your personal tour guide, who will guide you around the most interesting attractions and museums in more than 900 cities around the world.  Available for iOS and Android devices. (Free)



Buildings – Locate and Visit Interesting Architecture:  An encyclopedia of architecture in your pocket.  Using GPS to pinpoint your location, Buildings shows you what interesting architecture is nearby.  It includes information, images, videos and commentary on historic, contemporary, and conceptual buildings from a user-generated database. Available for iOS and Android devices. (Free)


Pevsner’s Architectural Glossary:  This glossary draws on the architectural vocabulary of the buildings of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  The app is part of the Yale University Press’ Pevsner Architectural Guides started in 1951 by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–83). Available for iOS devices. ($4.99)

Pivot – Augmented Reality Historical Tour App:  Pivot is a mobile app that reveals what places looked like in the past – showing authenticated histories of locations (from everyday places to popular tourist attractions), through images, videos and text-audio.  Available for iOS and Android devices. (Free)

29GPS Architecture

29GPS Architecture – A Geo Located Guide to Architecture:  A very good app to discover new architecture around you. It´s not just maps and directions, but it does make good use of these features. It features a daily selection of contemporary architecture and tells you exactly how far you are from it.  Available for iOS devices. (Free)

Google Translate

Google Translate:  Don’t forget this app to help you understand signs, menus etc. in a foreign land.    Available for iOS and Android devices. (Free)

LiveTrekker Go:  With this app you can record your GPS track, photos, movies, and recordings all in one place.  Later you can retrace your trip by viewing your media and path of travel in every detail.  Available for iOS and Android devices (Free)

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