GlobeMaster App Makes Globetrotting Safer, Easier

Price: $2.99    Score: 9/10    By Michael EssanyGlobeMaster: Offline Travel Guide & Utilities

Never in the history of humankind has the ability to travel been so easy, accessible, and largely affordable. Unfortunately, globetrotting still involves a host of challenges for visitors in unfamiliar places. With a foreign road map folded under one arm and a hefty translation guide tucked beneath the other, maneuvering  around a country you don’t call home
(not to mention communicating there) can quickly cause more headaches and concerns than any vacation or business trip is ultimately worth.

Simplifying the innumerable complexities of modern globetrotting, however, is GlobeMaster from Ivan Karpan & Evgeniy Lebed, a comprehensive iPhone app that virtually serves as a digital tour guide.

In an app marketplace dominated by style over substance, GlobeMaster stands out for the functional practicality it provides to users.  As a portable world tour guide, GlobeMaster contains a database in excess of 260 countries. But we’re not talking about generic information like national holidays and nations’ capitals (although that info is in there too). GlobeMaster isn’t academic as much as it is instructive: how to get around, what to do, how to behave in different cultures, ways to stay safe, where to eat and find clean water, etc.

Additional app features:

  • 4100+ photos
  • Description of culture, history and traditions
  • Contact rules and emergency numbers
  • Google map view
  • Climate details
  • How to talk
  • Information about places of interest
  • How to find accommodations

Apart from providing instructive data for more than 1,400 international cities, anyone who has ever struggled with the difficulties born of currency conversion and gratuity calculations in foreign establishments will truly appreciate the app’s currency converter and tip calculator. Best of all, those traveling without access to WiFi will still be able to tap the app’s full potential wherever they are – a great way to reserve space on your handheld device while still enjoying the peace of mind that your knowledgeable tour guide won’t fall victim to a dead zone.

This app is so incredibly simple to navigate that it’s almost impossible to realize its full value unless you ever find yourself truly in need of it. Let’s hope that never happens in an emergency situation. But if it does, you’ll be glad your tour guide is close at hand.

Globemaster requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch


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