In 2014 no one carries around guidebooks and maps whilst travelling, it’s all about phone & tablet apps, the internet, google and travel blogs (of course!). We need information on the go and instantly, so here are my Top 7 travel apps to make your adventures that little bit easier…
- Google Maps
Without a doubt the most handy app whilst travelling, type in your current location, designation, hotel or store name and it allows you to view it as a street view, get directions to or from your location and see other places around it. If connected to wi-fi or cellular it also tracks where you are so you can see if you’re heading in the right direction. Very handy when you’re terrible with direction like me!
The easiest way for me to stay in contact with family and friends back home in Australia. Just get whoever you want to communicate with to also download the app and you can Viber Message (basically text) or Viber Call (the same as a standard phone call) to that person! You can also create group messages if you want to say the same thing to a few people. However, make sure you are connected to wi-fi or cellular to be able to send and receive.
- XE Currency
The best currency conversion app! With all the currencies you could possibly need in the one app you can see how much you’re receiving for your exchange, if the value is going up or down in the market in the last day, week, month or year, or if you’re like me, enter in the price of that handbag in the local currency and see how much that would end up being back home. Easy!
For those times you need or want face to face contact and communication, make sure who you want to see also has Skype and then video call away. Again, you’ll need an internet connection if you want it to remain free!
Any weather app is a necessity whilst travelling. In the lead up to your adventure, you’ll want to know how the weather has been recently at your destination. Day to day it’s incredibly handy to know that you’re going to need that umbrella at around midday today or that random heat wave is hitting tomorrow so no need for a jacket that you’ll end up carrying around.
Allows you to conveniently compare prices for all flights wherever and whenever you want to go and then book them on the spot from the app. No more flicking between different airline sites to compare prices, flight times and destinations.
Since iPhone’s and many other smart phones still don’t come with a self timer, download any free app so you can be present in the moment of some of your travel photos, especially if you’re travelling alone.
All of the apps mentioned were free on the Apple Store as of June 2014.
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.