My fiancée and I are currently in Sydney, Australia, and even 10,000 miles away from home, my iPhone is still saving the day.

We’re staying in the Potts Point neighborhood and of course the first thing we wanted to do was checking out the Sydney Opera House.

The question that quickly came up was “how to get there from our hotel?”. Tina got the reaction that most people would have: she looked at a map and tried figuring out where we were and how to get to the Opera House.

While she was busy looking at our Lonely Planet guide, I grabbed my iPhone, launched the Map app, dropped a pin where the Opera House is located and asked for directions from our current location (our hotel) to there.

Tina was still busy turning the pages that I had step by step directions with a map, estimated distance and time. That my friend is why I got an iPhone.

Of course we could easily get around without an iPhone but why work hard when you can work smart?

  • Tiga

    Great story. The same goes for books..why carry all those pages if you can read the same book in your iphone?

    The iphone actually reminds us that we live in the 21st century ^^

  • Keith Randy

    I remember the days when I used to be able to do that. But then I moved to Manhattan, ks and crappy at&t still ain’t put 3G out here. Now I’m with a droid. Can’t until apple wises up and gets away from at&t.

  • Do you know http://www.OnTheRoad.to? Another great tool for people on the road.

  • Carl

    I hope you know how much data roaming costs with AT&T!

  • @Carl Yes i know, which is why I got a sim card from a local carrier (Optus). I get 500MB and $250 of talk time for $50. Not so bad considering Australia has the worst communication infrastructure I have ever seen.

  • Al

    Couldn’t the same be said for any phone that has google maps installed, since technically that is what the maps app is on the iPhone…hell, you could even get street view on other phones.

  • Pat

    Can I come visit you guys? I live in Sydney… maybe a catch up for coffee?

  • @Pat we’ll be in Manly Beach tomorrow. Meet us at the beach! Hit me up on Twitter @SebastienPage

  • Off topic : I got 2 googlewave invites anyone need?

    Ps sorry to be off topic sebas.

  • Joker

    Don’t you have any crack navigon or tomtom apps… lol

  • I decided to ditch the travel guide too on a recent trip and brought a smart phone (Nokia E71) instead. Offline maps, offline web pages and a built in office document reader are your best friend when overseas. Roaming data is so expensive that no average person can afford it but that will change in time.

    I wrote up a quick guide to preparing for and using your phone when on holidays: http://greenerdesktop.com/536/the-death-of-the-travel-guide-book

  • No worries Adesh. If you’re on Twitter, hit me up with this offer and I will retweet it. There are many peeps out there dying to get some wave invites!

  • Polemicist

    I just downloaded the Melbourne Coffee Review app and went to a coffee shop I never heard of because of it and had the BEST coffee I’ve ever had. And I’m a coffee snob. So I totally agree that your iPhone is the best travel companion even if you live in the area. 🙂