Apps You Need To Install When Traveling Abroad
When traveling it’s always expected that you bring your smartphone or tablet with you as it provides you with the means to communicate and document your experience. Your mobile device can do more than that, though, and given the right apps, it can also become your best travel buddy. Here are our recommended apps that you need to install when traveling abroad.
Skyscanner and WorldMate
These two apps can help you get started with your travels. It lets you search for flights, find the best airfare, and manage your itinerary. Think of the two as your travel assistant. While Skyscanner has a separate app for booking hotels and car rentals, WorldMate offers all three in just one app.
Uber and Grab
Transport services like Uber and Grab are very effective in getting your from point A to point B. It’s safe, clean, and reliable so the two services are your best companion if you’re not sure about taking local taxis. Uber is available in 58 countries while Grab is present in 6 countries concentrated in the SEA region. Just install both so you have options.
Airbnb and Agoda
If you’re looking for a place to stay then these two are our best suggestions. While Airbnb allows you to rent private properties like houses, condos, or apartments, Agoda helps you find hotels with the best rates.
TripAdvisor and Foursquare
If you’re looking for great restaurants and spots within your area then we suggest using these two apps as they provide recommendations and user reviews. That way you’ll know which spots to avoid or definitely go to.
Waze, Google Maps, Here Maps
If you don’t know how to go to that great place you found on TripAdvisor or Foursquare then navigations apps are your answer. So far we can recommend the apps mentioned above. If Internet is spotty in your location, use Google Maps or Here Maps as they can download maps for offline use.
Sometimes you land in locations where the Internet is restricted which is a real pain in the neck especially if you need to access your favorite social networking sites. With that said, it’s good to have VPN app with you. Right now we’re using Betternet and Hola for ease of use.
When you’re in a different country expect that some locals don’t speak English. And when that happens, just bring out Google Translate and communicate with it. It supports 90 languages, can translate text in 26 languages, and has a two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages. Very handy, indeed.
If you’re shopping abroad, it pays to know if you’re getting a bargain given the differences in currencies. There are tons of currency converter apps in the App Store and Play Store so just choose which one you’re most comfortable with.
Traveling doesn’t always mean unplugging. You still need to communicate with people at home or in most cases with the locals. If Internet connection is free and reliable in your location, just download their preferred chat app (Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Skype) and save yourself some credits.
It’s important that you’re on top of your finances when traveling abroad so make sure you download your bank’s dedicated app when doing transactions. Just make sure that you’re in a secure network and use VPN.
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