When we think of useful travel apps we think of browsing the app store and downloading something useful to our phone.
And certainly, nowadays there are apps for just about everything; flight schedules, money journals, foreign language translations – there’s something to meet every traveler’s need.
There are many mainstream apps that almost everyone has; social media apps for staying connected, perhaps online banking to stay on top of your bills while you’re overseas, or if you’re traveling with kids, maybe you’ve installed an sms tracker on their phone.
But by the same token, there are also a range of apps that will make your life easier, that you may not have realized you need!
Travel Apps You May Not Have Realized You Need
It’s true … every traveler desperately needs the free Skyscanner app!
Skyscanner is an all-in-one travel app which lets you search, compare and book the cheapest hotels, car rentals, and flights, and because it’s on your phone, you can book everything at once while you’re on the go.
Features of the travel app include receiving price alerts of daily cheap deals, and for the truly spontaneous, if you enter “everywhere” instead of a specific destination, it will pull up cheap flight prices to different destinations around the world from your closest airport.
The app offers the same services as their website—just more handy, convenient and fast. It’s simple and easy to use, and has been downloaded over 40 million times.
Google has a range of apps, though if you’re traveling internationally it can definitely help to have an international translator in your pocket.
Learning a new language can be extremely difficult and travelling presents you with a wide array of languages. Thankfully with the Google Translate app, you don’t have to learn all the languages as it allows you to translate over 100 different languages.
Don’t have data or Wi-Fi, no problem, as it can translate 59 languages with no internet connection. One of my favourite features is the instant camera translation which allows you to instantly translate text from nearly 40 languages simply by pointing your phone’s camera at the text.
Star and save translated words and phrases for future reference, take photos for higher quality translations, and translate bilingual conversations on the fly.
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have been around for a while now, and while they might have previously been viewed by travelers as a ‘nice thing to have’, nowadays they’re internet security 101, and firmly on the list of “must pack”.
A program you run on your devices which gives you security and privacy when you surf the internet, the perks of using one as a traveler include getting access to region-restricted websites, minimizing your risk of being hacked while using public WiFi, and preventing your bank accounts and email from being frozen.
Hotspot Shield is one of the most reliable traveler VPN’s.
Don’t Overload Your Devices With Apps
Above the mainstream social media, and default apps like the camera, calculator, and torch, these are the essential 3 travel apps I have on my phone.
Wondering why the short post? It’s important not to overload the devices you travel with, otherwise you risk the chance that a full memory will see them become too slow.
Having a range of apps that you don’t often use also puts a strain on your battery, and you want to be preserving the battery life of your device when you’re overseas and don’t have a reliable way to re-charge.
So even if you don’t find that you need the above three, sort out a core set of essential apps that suit your travel style, that you use, and that are helpful for you. And wipe everything else off your phone!
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