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Kate Russell’s Tech Traveller

Kate Russell’s Tech Traveller
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Technology reporter Kate Russell is a pro at finding the best websites and apps to recommend to viewers of BBC Click (and us!). Check out her site Mywebdaily.com or tweet her @katerussell

Planning the perfect road trip

Road trips can make the trip of a lifetime with a little bit of pre-planning. Goprotavelling.com is a new site enabling you to map out every aspect of your journey. Just set your start and finish points on the map and then fill in the gaps, dragging and dropping the route marker to include local points of interest along the way. You can also filter the 250,000 listed hotels by price and star rating to find the best room for your budget, and then make an itinerary and preview your trip to share with your fellow road trip buddies.

One of your biggest costs will probably be fuel — never underestimate how much a vehicle will guzzle petrol. So plan ahead with JourneyPrice.co.uk, which will calculate an approximate figure for fuel.

To find the cheapest gas en route, try the free Waze.com navigation apps for iOS and Android, which have recently been updated to include fuel prices and real-time traffic alerts contributed by 30 million active users — helping you avoid congestion too. You can even use Waze to connect with friends travelling from different start points, so you can check where you all are at any point and co-ordinate your arrival time.

Finally, avoid nasty surprises with Trapster.com, a free app for all smartphone platforms that alerts drivers to speed traps, accident hotspots and road hazards.
goprotravelling.com
   journeyprice.co.uk   waze.com   trapster.com

 

Online traveller: come to your senses

Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of the world from your computer

500px.com
A community platform where photographers can upload and sell their work in an open marketplace, with users voting for their favourites and leaving comments. Check out the ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Popular’ images for the best, or why not add your own photos to the database and perhaps even sell some.

soundaroundyou.com
Ever wondered what it sounds like to stand near a Moscow metal works or be in a room full of bats under an Indian palace? This site is a University of Salford research project, asking people across the world to upload a snapshot of sound to a map. The free i-SAY app for iPhones makes capture and uploading even easier.

gloriousfoods.co.uk
This site includes a crowd-sourced map of global taste sensations. Users ‘pin’ memorable local flavours to a Google Street View map — perhaps a home-cooked meal or market morsel. By uploading a photo and writing a review, others can find the same tastes on their travels via location or keyword searching.

 

WE LOVE…

inviteforabite.com
As a woman who travels alone, I was thrilled by the recent launch of this social network. It caters to solo female travellers — on business trips or holidays — who don’t want to eat out alone, putting members in touch with local women or even fellow travellers, for a natter over street food or stylish settings.

 

Four of the best ways to record your trip

Route Shoot
If you’re prone to having ‘you really have to be here’ moments, download Route Shoot. It allows you to record footage, then automatically adds location data before uploading it to YouTube. iPhone. 69p. routeshoot.com

Lapse it
Ideal for epic trips, Lapse It lets you record professional-looking time-lapse sequences. Set the interval from milliseconds to minutes, or go for the stop-motion feature. Android, iPhone. Free or upgrade for higher res. lapseit.com

How Do
How about making a narrated slide show of a journey? How Do lets users record ‘step-by-step’ sequences, then adds a voice-over. The community shares content on the site and through Facebook. iPhone. Free. how.do

Phototastic
This site enables you to capture a fast-moving subject with a burst of multiple shots. Share via social networks or upload straight to the cloud storage service of your choice. Windows Phone. Free. windowsphone.com

 

Published in the March 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)