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Traveling and Exploring Made Easy

Posted Jul 25 2012 7:48am

Ray and I have done quite a bit of traveling this summer – much to my kids’ dismay – mostly for work, with a few romantic getaways thrown in the mix. In fact, as you read this I am heading to Chicago to learn more about the Kolcraft brands. (More on that later!)

I knew I would have some free time to explore Chicago on this trip, so last night I decided to browse through the marketplace on my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone for some helpful travel apps. I was looking to find Chicago-specific apps, but I was also hoping to find a couple for our trip to New York with the kids this Fall. (Planning ahead? Me? Crazy, I know!)

Before I say more about the apps I found, I have to tell you how much I am enjoying getting to know my Windows phone . Over the last several weeks I have been playing AND working on it. I have to say, it’s fabulously smart and easy to use.

Oh, and isn’t she pretty?

Okay, so… Among the travel planning apps, I found a few that we will use while actually in the two cities we are visiting.

Local Scout is fabulous for when you are planning your daily itinerary. Find places to eat + drink, things to see + do, and the best places to shop. This app can be accessed from the Maps app by touching the buildings icon at the bottom of the touch screen, but can also be directly accessed before you actually arrive at your travel destination.

Family Organizer by is a great app for recording memories of your trip, listing the medications you and your kiddos must remember to take while away from home, emergency information, and more.

Chicago and NYC City Guides by GuidePal have much of the same type of info as Local Scout, but I like the fact that you can mark what appeals to you as favorite for quick reference. You can also get information about transportation and see little tips about the city, including emergency info and time zone info.

Now that I’ve told you how I plan to make my next couple of trips easier (and more fun!), I’d love to hear what apps you’ve found that makes exploring a new city easier for you and your family. Please share!

I have been compensated as a Windows Phone Blogger. This is post 1 of 3. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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