Travel and The
What apps can I install on my phone to make my travel experience easier?
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GOING TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES
- Google Translate (Free) Translate to and from every major language by typing, talking, drawing, or pointing your phone camera at printed text, even without an internet connection. I use this when traveling to foreign countries
- Duolingo (Free) Learning foreign languages. I love this app and have been using it for five years to upgrade my skills in German and French, as well as learn Italian.
- Kurrency (Free) convert kilometers to miles and pounds to kilograms.
- XE Currency Converter (Free) A realtime currency calculator that can instantly obtain the exchange rate for any number of currencies, all at once.
- What’s App (Free) — If you don’t want to pay for international minutes or data on your phone, you can keep your phone on airplane mode and utilize messaging apps on WiFi to stay in touch with friends
- Any Local Metro app (Free) - With a quick search, you can find a metro app for almost every major city in Europe. Some of them will only show you a picture of the lines, while the others let you plan your trip from point A to point B with the local transport (e.g. BKK futár in Budapest). Either way, download the metro app for European cities in advance, you can use most of them offline while in the city. Available on: quick search in the Play Store or iTunes (City name+metro)
- Amount (99 cents) — Likewise, it’s helpful to have an app on hand that can convert kilometers to miles and pounds to kilograms. An app like this one will come in super handy.
Apps are some of the best things that you can bring along with you while you are traveling. Apps can save you money, help you understand languages in foreign countries, find your way around and help cut down time spent in lines. Many of these are relatively new, and looking at what they offer, I wouldn't be caught without them!
I have several apps on my phone that I installed some time ago. They range from translation apps to apps that find places in the place where you are staying. One that I use all of the time, is my Google translator. I love it for translating everyday messages on Facebook to sending messages to friends who are not fluent in English. This app is especially helpful in foreign countries as it will translate what I write in english into any language, written or spoken. It's very helpful when in a restaurant or shopping in a country in which you don't know the language. GasBuddy is another app I discovered recently that I have to put on my phone. Even though I rarely drive overseas, it is a great app to save money even in town.
The following is a list of some recent and classic apps that have been proven very useful for many travelers:
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES (AND BOATS)
- Uber (Free to download, $10 off your first ride with promo code THIRFTYN10FALL) Instantly summon a private driver to your location from your smartphone. Cheaper, safer (no “taxi scams”), and more convenient (set your destination and pay in app) than a taxi while travelling.
- Any airline’s official app (Free) It’s no secret that airline’s give you discounts on different platforms you follow them. Sometimes it helps to subscribe to their email list to get exclusive content and promotion, and some airlines offer discounts on their official app. Always check the app before buying your ticket. Available on a quick search in the Play Store or iTunes
- Flight Aware (Free) Track important information about your flight like boarding time, terminal and gate number, and delays, all from a slick, easy-to-use interface.
- Waze traffic app (Free) Provides up to date traffic information, reliable directions, and find places to park.
- Sky Scanner (Free) A flight search app that offers price alerts and broad searching to get the best flight prices every time.
- Cruise Finder (Free) One of the most comprehensive cruise apps out there. It provides cruise information on 32 different cruise lines and 25 different destinations.
- SeatGuru (Free) This app is a source for airline seats, amenities, information, and other items.
- Google Flights (Free) A Google feature similar to Expedia, but has additional features such as one that project the cheapest time to fly to a given place.
Come see the world with me!
Next month I will be talking about how to save money while on your trip.
See you on Sunday,
July 6, at 6:00 PM!
Happy travels! Ciao! 😎