You will always want the best apps when you are traveling to a new destination and you always want to experience the area in the greatest way possible so you never miss out on popular events. But you also want to be prepared, secured, and safe when you are traveling to new locations abroad. Although you may not have cellular service abroad, many cities have restaurants, cafes, and venues that offer free wifi to allow us to stay connected with the world, our friends and our families back home. So when you’re traveling abroad to Europe, Asia, Australia etc., it would really help for you to have apps that can make your trips easier to navigate cities, plan the perfect day and make your time less stressful.
Here are the best travel Apps you will actually use:
Okay, this one may seem obvious, but a lot of people may not realize that you can use it to track your location without wifi AND without cellphone service. That’s right, you can use Google Maps partially while your phone is rocking full airplane mode.
Here’s what the trick is:
While your phone is off all service and wifi, Google Maps will still track your location via your little blue dot. The blue dot won’t move in real-time but will shift about every 3-5 seconds which is still pretty good. So if youre walking down a street the blue dot will move and update as you continue to do so. Plus, this wont eat any of your data and you wont be charged. The downside is that you wont be able to do searches because you aren’t connected to the internet, but at least you can still track your location.
If you are new to the area, Google Maps will be blurry and it will be hard to see streets, terrain, buildings etc. So what I always do is I will try to hop onto free wifi, open google maps and search the area that I will be in so Google Maps can load the entire area. Zoom in as much as possible so it loads, bars, restaurants, streets and anything else you will want to see so when you use Google Maps offline, all the locations will be crystal clear and accurate.
I can’t confirm if this works with Apple Maps
Time Out is your go-to guide on what is going on in your area for the year, month, weekend, or day. They have over 100 cities with local guides on the best bars, restaurants, shows, festivals, music events, art galleries, and everything else you can need to plan your trip during your time there. They offer guides such as the Top 5 Events This Weekend, or 101 Things to do in (Insert City). This is a must have to make sure you aren’t missing any of the awesome events going on in your area while you’re there.
This amazing App is a must need, and you know it will work because, well, its
Google. Google Translate works best for translating day to day words along with the ability to translate words on real objects via camera like a stop sign and it will translate it right onto the object displayed on your phone. Its quite amazing.
This is the best Currency Converter App that I have ever come across and used. This app combines the currency rates from over dozens of sources to make sure that your exchange rate is the most up to date and accurate. It has all currencies and allows comparisons to be used quickly, swiftly, and accurately.
Download ChangeMate here: Apple
Who doesn’t use Uber? Well if you don’t, I highly recommend
downloading it. Uber is active in 75 countries and over 459 cities. Hailing an Uber is just as easy as it is in the U.S and the rates are equally as cheap so this is a must have if you are in a large city looking for cheap transportation.
If you happen to be in a city that doesn’t offer Uber, Lyft, or any other major transportation services, try talking to a local and they will be able to tell you how to get around. Cities that don’t offer the services, usually have their own transportation services with Apps that you can download and they work EXACTLY like Uber does. EX: City Cabs App used in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Other Public Transportation Apps:
A lot of cities have Subways, Tubes, Trains etc. which make traveling in those cities a lot easier and WAY cheaper than taking a cab. Ask a local or do some research on the best Apps for your cities subway system to make getting around too easy. For example: Embark NYC is the best Subway App you can come across for NYC and London has Tube Map which both allow first time tourists and travelers to get around the city very feasibly.
This is the go-to messaging platform for anyone traveling abroad who is looking to message anyone around the world via wifi. You can make wifi calls, text messages, and customize all your screens for a great user experience. On top, the messaging features include sent, delivered, and read receipt notifications to ensure your messages have been delivered. Everyone traveling has this, and so should you.
Since you’re probably new to the area, Yelp does a great job abroad for finding the perfect restaurant, bar or club you want to go to that day or night. It will rank your searches in the area from 1 to whatever number according to user reviews, and you can determine what place is the scene youre looking for best.
The ever increasingly popular app has flipped the hospitality industry on its head, and for good reason. You can stay in a local resident’s home or apartment for extremely reasonable prices that are almost all way cheaper then hotels. AirBnB lets you live like a local in the area with accessibility to the entire home with bedrooms, your own kitchen, bathrooms and wifi. This of course depends on what youre looking for can can easily refine your search to meet your needs or standards. There are also cheaper options that allow you to rent just a room, or a bed while the owner remains home during your stay so it’s kind of like having a roommate again.
Looking to hookup or meet new people abroad? Get Tinder. Tinder has a pretty bad rep in the U.S but it’s a different story abroad. It’s straight up less sleazy and more people are actually more willing to meet up, hang out for drinks, and get to know people visiting their homeland. If you’re on the Bumble Bandwagon, while it is used abroad, you wont have the same success as you would with Tinder since that is the number one hookup app abroad.
The Tinder App is free but with premium and at $10 a month, you can search cities that you will be traveling to in the future to begin talking to locals in that area. You also get 5 SuperLikes, Unlimited Likes, and the ability to rewind your last swipe. With free, you get 50 likes, 1 SuperLike, and 0 rewinds each day.
I really don’t need to explain Snapchat, but will drop a cool secret about snapping photos that may or may not be obvious for some. When you take a picture on Snapchat without service or wifi, you can still post it to your story or send it to others. When you post a picture to your story, the picture will fail to send to your story, but will remain there until you finally get onto wifi where you can re-tap to send. This way, you can still feel free to take snaps and can send them later in the future.
Have any more Apps that you use while traveling? Comment below!