Do you travel often? If you do, then you might have noticed your increased dependence on your mobile phone. Gone are the days when you just use it to call or send messages—now it is like a version of a Swiss Army Knife. It practically has everything you need: basic functions such as calling and messaging, access to the internet, or it can even be a mobile wallet for some!
So how can you take advantage of your mobile phone’s handiness as a traveler? Make sure you have these apps!
Apps that help you prepare for your trip
What are the things that you need to pack? Will the weather be warm, cold, or wet? Are there special forms that need to be filled in before the trip? What is the exchange rate? If you are flying out, what pre-departure steps do you need to take? For someone who travels multiple times a year, an app that will help you organize your luggage, your To-Dos, and your pre-departure needs will definitely come in handy. Packpoint is a popular choice because it’s all that a traveler needs, rolled into one app. It created a checklist of what to pack based on the weather forecast in your destination, and even gives a few insights on the activities to try. Make sure to also have an app for currency conversion such as XE Currency!
Try to keep a physical map for a backup, but other than that, get Google Maps on your phone. It is quite handy because it shows you different routes on how to get to certain places, whether by car, by train, or by foot. It also takes local traffic into account. Strol is also a nice app to have on your phone, especially if you love walking! The app shows you some of the most scenic routes to take when you are moving from one point to another on foot. Lastly, for emergencies, install and create an account on Uber for those times that you get lost, separated from your group, or when you suddenly cannot find a ride back to the hotel.
Most of you will already have an itinerary before even reaching your destination, but it pays to have “inside information” about the place that you are visiting—information that you can access with a swipe on your phone. Yelp and TripAdvisor are constants for travel buffs, but when in doubt, you can always crowd-source from your own social media network. One more thing—familiarize yourself with ways to translate the language spoken at the place you are visiting, such as through Google Translate or Duolingo.