I have been thinking about all the travel apps that I need to install before travelling on my next adventure. The reason why I am researching is because this is the first time I am traveling to a country that does not speak much of English which is Japan, and probably all the signboards are going to be written in non-English as well. So, after researching a lot, I have shortlisted the travel apps that I think are the minimal set of travel apps and would help me in my travels.
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9 Must Have Travel Apps
- Google Translate – I would definitely rate the Google Translate app as the first if you are traveling in a non-English speaking country. There is an option to download the language to which the conversion is required, which helps in offline conversion.
- Google Maps – A very handy tool, which works offline just like the Google Translate is the Google Maps. There is an option to download version of a map of any city.
- XE Currency Converter – A very useful application for currency conversion is the Currency Exchange (XE) application. The app shows the accurate currency conversions.
- Weather – This app is generally available as part of the basic phone apps. Ensure the city you are visiting is added as one of the cities you wish to see the weather for. I generally use this app during my packing, as it helps me pack according to the weather. This does not work offline.
- Uber – The Uber app is a very useful app to book Uber cabs, if Uber is one of the taxi operators in the country you are visiting. If not for Uber, ensure you google and find which taxi operators operate in the city you are visiting. Have the taxi operator’s numbers handy.
- TripIt – A complete solution to storing all the itinerary of flight and hotel details is the TripIt app. The app is capable of reading the emails from your inbox and creating an itinerary.
- AroundMe – AroundMe is an app that identifies all the places including hospitals, petrol stations, cinemas, restaurants and bars around you. A one stop solution for Google’s search ‘<place> near me’.
- Duolingo – Duolingo is perfect to learn the new language if you are traveling to the new country where English is not the common language.
- Booking.com – For best deals and bookings for accommodation, ensure to download Booking.com.
Bonus Travel App – WiFi Map – This is perfect to find the WiFi Hotspots and their stored passwords. But while using the public WiFi be careful as they could steal your data and do not expose your personal information.
These are some of the travel apps that I use on my travels. They help me in unknown countries, especially in countries that are non-English speaking. Do you have any travel app that has helped you in your travels? Let me know by writing to me on Solopassport@gmail.com.
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