Spring break can be a great time to get away with friends -- or the family. Make the best of it by staying organized and well-oriented, even though you’re away from home. The Android market has a number of useful Android apps that can help you share travel stories, learn about your surroundings, and stay entertained during long car or plane rides.
Get organized before you even leave for spring break. The free Travel Organizer Android app comes with preset check lists, as well as custom lists you can create for yourself. Lists are organized by category, and can even be delineated by things like to-do lists, or season.
For something closer to a personal assistant, the free TripIt Android app keeps you organized throughout spring break. TripIt keeps your itineraries handy, gives recommendations for venues based on your travel plans and integrates with things like flight and hotel reservations.
Stay social during spring break travels with the free Brightkite Android app. Send updates and attach photos so friends can experience your vacation with you. If other friends are traveling during spring break, keep up with their updates as well. View nearby updates and link with people based on geographic location.
Wikitude is an augmented reality Android app, giving you bits of educational info as you travel during spring break. Even with the free version, you can search Wikitude and access shared content. Wikitude also pulls from other services such as Google Local to provide additional contextual information for a given location.
No matter what city you’re in, you can orient yourself and search for nearby venues with Sherpa. The free Android app gives you a filtered look at your area, letting you search quickly by category. View venue details including a map view, with navigation options as well.
No matter what the activity during your spring break, Google Maps is probably able to help. From mountain hiking to partying on the beach, Google Maps combines directions with a compass, search and other navigation tools to keep you contextually oriented with your surroundings. The Android app is free and comes with your phone.
Stay Safe, Entertained and on Budget
Aldiko can occupy your time while lounging at the beach during spring break. As an eBook reader, the $1.99 Android app gives you access to thousands of downloadable books to enjoy anytime and anywhere. Customize the Android app to add bookmarks, text search, highlighting, and font size, just to name a few items.
Travel can take a bite out of your budget. Stay on track this spring break with the Personal Budget Droid. Track spending based on categories and spending type, add notes for each transaction and calculate totals as you travel. The free Android app can help you manage multiple accounts as well.
Wary about crowded tourist areas during spring break? The Sheriff Android app can give you some added security. Know when your bag has been moved (if your phone is in it), track your phone via GPS or set certain alerts to be sent to your phone for certain circumstances. The free Android app is better for group travels, as multiple phones with this Android app can be leveraged for security purposes.
Try Travel Games to occupy you and your friends, or the kids in the back seat. The $4.99 Android app includes six board games, from chess to 4-In-A-Row. Save games, track scores and avoid having to download multiple game Android apps for popular games.
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