When you’re traveling internationally, there are many things you have to worry about – energy outlets changing, currency conversions. One thing you don’t have to worry about, though, are the applications on your smartphone. Unless they use the Internet, you should be able to use them anywhere.
Here are a few apps you should have on your device at all times:
Currency Helps You Manage Your Money
There’s nothing worse than feeling alone in a foreign city. Not only are you unable to understand anyone, but you’re confused about its currency.
Fortunately, that’s where this app comes in. Titled Currency, this app is available on iOS systems for $1. It mixes a clean interface with swipe-based gestures to create a user-friendly application. The app packs in more than 160 currency options, so no matter where you are, help is only a tap away.
Translation Bridges the Communication Gap
One of the biggest problems in the world is the language barrier. It’s extremely frustrating to go to a foreign country and not know how to talk to anyone. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. This app, titled Jibbigo, is available for free on Android and iOS systems.
It offers free, spoken translations, as long as you have Internet access. If your connection is intermittent or non-existent, a $5 add-on will make all the language packs available to you offline. Even better, this app will work on phones that are currently locked in contracts.
For an alternative translator, try Word Lens. This augmented reality translator works in a futuristic way: use your phone’s camera to instantly translate signs, menus, and anything else you can imagine.
International Etiquette Ensures That You’ll be Friendly
One thing that we don’t think about when we’re traveling to another country is that some of our gestures may be considered offensive. For example, did you know that giving a thumbs-up in Afghanistan, Iran, and some of Italy and Greece is considered an obscene insult?
Avoid the embarrassment of offending someone with the International Business Etiquette app, which is free on iOS devices. This app will give you tips on good cultural courtesy, country-specific customs for dining, negotiations, and timeliness. Unless you’re okay with accidentally offending someone, this is a must-have.
Google Maps Helps You Navigate the City
Some cities and countries place more of an emphasis on public transportation than others. Learning where to go and the schedules for each mode of transport will likely be extremely confusing. For that reason, it’s time to go with a tried-and-true app – Google Maps.
That’s right, the same one that’s already available for free on Android and iOS systems will also help you navigate public transit offerings in addition to normal directions around the city. Keep in mind that you will need an active data connection for this, so either connect to a Wi-Fi network or use local services to get data.
FlightTrack Pro Helps You Board on Time
The biggest problem with international flights, in addition to the long flight times, are the layovers. How often have you had to jump off a plane, run across the airport, only to find out your flight has been delayed for an hour?
Never have that problem again with FlightTrack Pro. This app, available free on iOS platforms, will keep you updated with all last-minute changes. Again, though, this app uses data, so make sure you’re on a cell network or a stable Wi-Fi connection before using this app.
HearPlanet is Your Virtual Tour Guide
Once you’re done with what you need to do in the city, you may feel like exploring it. The problem is, though, that tour guides cost a ton of money. For only $4, allow HearPlanet to be your personal tour guide around the globe. More than 300,000 locations are built into this app.
As you navigate around, the app will let you know what things are close by and, if applicable, will give you a coupon for a discounted ticket price. You’ll also be able to call and places directly from the app. This item uses both your location and data, so make sure that your battery is charged and you’re able to receive cellular data before using this device.
Traveling internationally is an exciting but scary experience. First, you need to see if you have all your tech equipment. If you’re in need of a new notebook, you may have to scramble to find the best laptop deals. In addition to your PC, your phone will be your best friend. With these few apps, it won’t be nearly as scary.
What are your favorite apps to have when you’re traveling internationally? Have some proven more useful than the others?