Selected Publications

Ms. Bohrer published a series of articles in The New York Times Co.’s Consumer Search from 2011-2013. Consumer Search has since been acquired by another company and its format has changed. Below please find a sample article published in 2011. 

6 travel apps that help you save money

With a smartphone or tablet, travelling becomes considerably easier. You no longer have to lug around pounds and pounds of guidebooks, and can even leave that calculator for currency conversions at home. But nowadays the devices go way beyond that. Apps can translate, convert, guide, navigate and even find you a cab. You can be entertained and assisted. And with apps that work offline, you can moreover save money. Here are 6 apps that will reduce your travel expenses.

1. OffMaps

This app is not only a great alternative to folding paper maps, it also avoids skyrocketing international data bills. It allows you to access searchable maps, your position and bookmarks wherever you are, offline and abroad. OffMaps stores maps on your device, and lets you search the map offline. Two maps are included for free, additional maps can be purchased at $0.99 for three downloads or get the flatrate ($5.99) and download as many as you like. Map updates are free. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

2. WiFi-Finder

This app does exactly what its name says: find free or paid Wi-Fi when you travel. Before you go, download the locations offline. Moreover, if you prefer certain providers, such as Comcast, you can tailor your search to that, in addition to filtering by location (restaurants, cafes, hotels, etc.). For each result, you will be given a phone number and directions on how to get there. With over 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide, it is likely that you will find one near you. Price: Free. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

3. iTranslate

This app translates over 50 languages instantly. In fact, you don’t even need to know what the source language is; the app will recognize it automatically. No need to buy, or carry, a paper dictionary any longer. By being able to translate instantly, you can figure out the meaning of most simple phrases. Whether it is a restaurant menu or a series of directions that you don’t understand, with this app there is no need to despair. You are also less likely to get ripped off if people sense that you understand what is going on. Price: Free. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

4. ATM Hunter

Created by MasterCard, this app allows you to locate the closest ATM and PayPass acceptance locations. If you need to make an ATM deposit or withdrawal and want to use your own bank to avoid fees, you can tailor your search to that. In addition, you can search ATMs based on the following features: drive-through, location, 24 hours, wheelchair accessible, surcharge fees and deposit sharing. Price: Free. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

5. Ask a Nomad

Regardless of whether you would like to learn more about surfing in Bali or assist others with your culinary expertise of the Big Apple, this app connects people with a passion for travel so that they can share their knowledge. You can carry your questions and answers with you on the road – offline. Any new questions you have asked will be sent out and answered when you next go online. Price: Free. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

6. XE Currency

A currency converter is essential to avoid overspending. This app features live currency rates, charts and moreover, stores the last updated rates so that it can function offline. Not only does it include all world currencies but also each and every precious metal. You can store up to ten currencies at a time. Price: Free. Available for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and Android.