Enhance your vacation experiences with travel apps that give you insider information on everything from the best food in town and the most popular artists on stage to the latest ski conditions and best bottles of wine.
If you live for music, this free app is for you. Bandsintown lets you set up a personalized concert calendar to track bands and discover new artists on tour. The application scans music libraries based on your preferences and location so you never have to miss any live concert experiences.
Log in with your email account or Facebook to begin getting concert notifications for the bands you want to see in concert. Browse upcoming tour dates for any artist and receive complete concert listings for every city. Purchase tickets from a wide variety of ticket sites then share all the gigs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can even sync to iTunes, Pandora, Rdio and Spotify.
Ski and Snow Report
There’s no need to flake out when it comes to receiving the most up-to-the-minute snow and weather data. Just install the Zumobi Ski & Snow Report then add your favorite ski and snowboard destinations. This free and easy to navigate app delivers live notifications so you can get the jump on the snow that’s dumping at your favorite slopes.
Pick some mountains to follow and you’ll get details like snow depth including top and base reports, a five day forecast, instant access to Twitter feeds, live web cams plus trail and lift maps. If you like swooshing down the slopes with your friends, you can plan a social excursion at the touch of a button using Facebook or Twitter.
This free app dishes on good food and where to find it. To get started, set your location on the map. Next, you can search food photos (think bakery window) by categories to find the best dishes, the nearest dishes, the latest dishes, dishes your friends loved as well as dishes you want, those you’ve tried and the ones you love. You can also search by place to find a specific restaurant.
Unlike typical dining reviews, Foodspotting lets you see dishes that look good before you order by viewing photos posted by foodspotters, friends and foodies.
See something you like or have already tasted? Tap the “Want to Try ” (star) button or “Tried” (check) button. Join in the fun by posting pictures of the meals you’ve eaten. If the dish was really good, tap the “Loved” (heart) button and let everyone know you’d come back for seconds.
Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide
Scroll through and read thousands of wine, beer and spirits reviews provided by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine on this free and simple to use app. Every month you’ll receive 2,000 brand new reviews with the latest wine ratings plus trends, food and travel as well.
Take a sip of your favorite wine and add your own review that you can share with friends and fellow enthusiasts on Facebook and Twitter. You can also scan UPC codes with the built-in scanner or take pictures of labels to log your favorite wines. This app also lets you earn badges that unlock exclusive discounts and offers from Wine Enthusiast.