Thanks to fast technological innovations, modern travellers no longer have to rely on dodgy translators, traveller’s checks or paper maps on their trips. These days, there’s an app for literally everything, from the app that helps you plan your trip to apps that enhance your journey by making it more convenient and enjoyable.
The following are a few apps that we’ve found to be very useful in our journeys around the world.
The Maps.me app eliminates the need for paper maps, and you don’t need an internet connection to access it. All you have to do is download the map of the particular destination you’re visiting via a Wi-Fi connection, and once it’s on your phone, you’ll have access to all its features through Maps.me. It might be a single map for the entire country you’re visiting, or there might be several maps for different parts of the city.
With Maps.me, you’ll have access to all tourist attractions, accommodation options and train and bus stations in that destination, and is so interactive that it can assist you to find the best route to suit your mode of transportation, whether that’s walking, driving or commuting. Plus, it’ll also tell you how much time it’ll take for you to get to your destination from where you are. As long as your phone has GPS tracking, the app will work virtually anywhere.
Tired of having to make calculations in your head every time you have to pay for something in a foreign country? Well, with Currency Converter Plus you won’t have to. This interactive app offers a simple and easy way to convert currencies. All you have to do is input the foreign currency you want to convert as well as the amount, and the app will give you the equivalent in Australian dollars. You’ll thank yourself for having it the next time you have to convert 200,000 Vietnamese Dong into dollars, and it’ll come in handy when you’re trying to figure out how much to withdraw from a foreign currency ATM.
Both these apps specialize in simplifying the accommodation process while making it more convenient for you. For example, Booking.com enables you to filter results based on categories like your budget and the type of accommodation you’re looking for, whether it’s a hotel or hostel.
On the other hand, HostelWorld is super easy to use and works similarly to Booking.com. The accommodation options it offers come with filters, ratings, and reviews.
Save money on international phone calls with Skype. The app, which is mostly famous for its video chat service, offers competitive rates on international calls that start from 50 cents per call. All you need to use it is a Wi-Fi connection and some credits. $10 can last for about six months if you only use it every couple of weeks, or 3 months if you use it more frequently.
If you’re looking for a free option to make an international call, you can use Facebook Messenger. All you need to use this app is a Wi-Fi connection, and the person on the other end needs to be a Facebook user as well.
With Rome 2 Rio, you won’t have to guess what mode of transport is best for a particular destination. By typing your departure and arrival points, the app will return with results on the transport options available between those two points, including taxies, trains, buses, ferries, and planes. Short of a Lonely Planet guidebook, this is the best resource for this type of information.
Google Translate is the game-changing app that renders phrasebooks virtually obsolete. Simply download the particular language file that’s relevant to your destination onto your phone, and you’ll be able to translate phrases and words in an instant and without the need for a data connection. For instance, if you’re traveling to Mozambique then you’d have to download the Portuguese language file, which you’ll then be able to use throughout your trip, even for menus and road signs.
As the name implies, the CamScanner app allows you to scan and email documents by taking a picture and converting them to a PDF file. Although you probably won’t use it that much, it can come in handy when you need to submit paperwork for a travel insurance claim or to dispute charges on a credit card that was stolen during your trip.
With this app, you can readily share your travels with friends and families without having to resort to questionable Instagram filters. Snapseed filters will give your photos a noticeable boost.Back
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