If you’re like me who wants everything to be handy, you sure want to have all the practical information way before you land in a new country. And even though you might have visited it before, you certainly didn’t get the chance to see all the places that are to be seen, unless you’re the one and only, Chris Guillebeau. Travel mobile applications are always your best friend in this case.
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Either you want to eat in a particular restaurant because one of your friends tweeted the picture of the most perfect and yummiest dish you’re craving. Or check out the gallery that running a scheduled exhibit of your all-time favorite artist. Or maybe there’s a particular route that you want to cover within the next days after you reach your destination. All of them are possible and convenient on this modern technology, whenever you need them.
So, before you pack your bag and see the world, make sure to check out this list of travel apps that should anticipate all your on-the-road needs.
Having a hard time deciding what to pack? Packpoint is your go-to app for your packing list. It features weather forecast for the dates and location of your trip which makes packing super easy. You would like to be comfortable with your trip, right? It will ask you to select the activities that you will do during the trip then it will recommend you a list of items that you should pack based on your selected activities along with the general items that you’d need on any trip. You also have the option to remove the items that you think you will not need. Lastly, you can share the list with your friends or your travel buddy in case they need help too. (Free on iOS and Android)
Trip It is your all-in-one mobile app trip planner that shows all your trip information from flights to hotels to maps and directions. You can sync your travel plans to your mobile or online calendar, share and post your itinerary and travel plans on your social media accounts. (Free on iOS and Android)
I believe every traveler uses Trip Advisor since you can quickly read millions of tips, guides, reviews, opinions, videos, and photos about anything or everything related to your trip – flights or airlines, accommodations, restaurants or food to eat, tourist spot, and a lot more. More so, Trip Advisor has “Near Me” feature that will help you find the well-reviewed places close to you. It has an available forum where you can ask specific travel questions or add your own reviews or recommendations. (Free on iOS and Android)
Let’s face it. There will be a country where people do not speak English or only speak basic English. Google Translate is your go-to app in this situation. It can also be useful when you want to know the basic phrases of the local language. You can also use Google Translate offline for as long as you downloaded beforehand the languages you’ll be needing. (Free on iOS and Android)
Want to share your itinerary? TripVerse is an itinery sharing social network that lets travelers create, view (online/ offline), share, and explore trip itineraries and guides created by their friends and other travelers. (Free on iOS and Android)
PayPal is the fastest and safest way to send and receive money here and abroad. If you’re an online/ digital nomad entrepreneur, Paypal is your best choice to receive payment from your customers or clients. (Free on iOS and Android)
Another service you can use is Payoneer. I have a running contract with a client in Upwork, and I used Payoneer in getting my salary. I recommend using this because it has an excellent conversion rate (Much better than PayPal’s conversion rate. Sorry not sorry.) and no withdrawal or banking fees (based on my experience). You can sign up here if you still don’t have a Payoneer account. (Payoneer does not have iOS and Android app)
Stay in touch with your friends and family while you’re on the road exchanging real-time messages without paying for international SMS. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection or 3G/4G connection.
Other apps that you can use are Skype, WeChat, Viber, Kakao Talk, or Line. (Free on iOS and Android)
City Mapper is comprehensive, easy to use, and also playful. It offers more detailed journey planner information than Google including real-time departures and disruption alerts, as well as Uber integration and cycle routes. Although it is not yet available in every city in the world, City Mapper is available in around 30 cities worldwide with all the obvious city-break destinations covered. For Asian countries, Citymapper is available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul (South Korea), and Tokyo (Japan). (Free on iOS and Android)
I’m a fan of Spreadsheet before discovering this app. I used a spreadsheet for my travel budget and tracking every expense during the trip. With Mint, I can easily do the same. It’s safe and secure because it’s a “read-only” service, which means that you can’t move funds between accounts, and neither can anybody else. (Free on iOS and Android)
XE Currency is your go-to app for currency conversions. It’s one of the most useful apps for every traveler for the simple fact that it is able to convert every currency in the world. You can also use it offline by which is great if you’re in a place with limited internet connection or just trying to save on your mobile data.
As a traveler who usually uses ATM for international withdrawal, XE currency always comes handy. (Free on iOS and Android)
Do you have that must-have travel app that’s very helpful to you whenever you travel? What is it? Share your favorite app in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!
This post might be helpful when you’re planning for your around the world trip and you’re looking for mobile apps to use for the convenience of your trip. Hover the image on the left and pin it for later!
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