With so many apps available for cellphones, it’s hard to tell exactly which ones will come in handy when you’re traveling. We’ve rounded up the top travel apps that will make your vacation even more enjoyable.
The native language of the country you are traveling to is a huge part of the culture. While, there is no replacement for actually learning a language, Google Translate is the closes thing to being fluent. The app can translate between 103 languages, just by typing or speaking a word or phrase, and 52 of the languages can be used without internet access. All you have to do is download the languages you will need before your trip. The best part about the app is the instant camera translation. View a sign or a menu through the in-app camera, and it will instantly translate and display it in the language of your choice.
XE Currency app comes in handy when you are traveling to multiple different countries and have to keep track of different currency exchange rates. This useful app offers live exchange rates while you are connected to wifi, and it also stores the last updated rates so it even works when you do not have internet access.
Probably one of the most useful travel apps is Google Maps. During your tour, you won’t have to worry about directions or trying to figure out how to get from place to place. But, at the end of the day, after your guided tour, your itinerary might have some free time so you’ll have time to do some solo exploring. This handy app offers three types of transportation routes, whether you’re on foot, in a car, or traveling on public transportation. You can zoom into locations and see a ‘street view’ so you know exactly what your destination looks like. The best feature is you can select specific cities and use all these features, including turn by turn directions, when you don’t have internet access.
Staying in communication with your travel companions and loved ones back home is top priority while traveling. When you are traveling overseas, you won’t have access to some of the local conveniences of your phone or it will cost and arm and a leg to make a phone call or send a text message. Viber is an app that allows you to make calls and send texts (including pictures!) all for free. Just connect to wifi and your contact list will integrate into the app and allow you to connect with loved ones.
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