Before and during your vacation, do you worry about…. What do I pack? What if I can’t speak the language? How much money should I bring? What if I get lost? How will I get around?
Taylored Tours has compiled this list of our favorite travel apps that we recommend to help ease your worries before and during your travels.
For Help Packing: Packpoint
It works like this: you enter the date, destination, and length of your trip. Then, you enter what sorts of activities you’ll be doing (hiking, fancy dinners, etc.). When that’s all done, PackPoint actually checks your vacation destination’s weather forecast during your trip dates and creates your very own personalized packing list! Trust us, it thinks of everything. Watch the video we created (above) to learn more.
For Translation: iTranslate
Okay, this is no plain old dictionary. There are so many reasons we love iTranslate.
Firstly, you can use it offline. Hate to break it to you, but you won’t have Wi-Fi 24/7 while traveling. Most apps are connected to the internet, and therefore, will not work without Wi-Fi.
Secondly, with iTranslate Lens, you can snap a photo of a menu or sign you don’t understand and the app will instantly translate it for you.
Lastly, iTranslate works with over 100 languages! It also uses text, voice, or photo recognition, so whether you read, hear, or see something you don’t understand, iTranslate will have your back.
Heads up: While iTranslate is available for Android phones, it may not offer as many features as it would using an iPhone. Google Translate and TripLingo are also great Android-friendly translation apps.
To see how it works, watch our video HERE.
For Getting Around: Uber
Did you know that Uber is now in over 60 countries and 400 cities? While it’s not guaranteed that Uber serves in your destination, there is a darn good chance that it does. Be sure to keep this app handy – you never know when you’ll need a ride, and getting a cab may not be as easy as you think. And, in some cases (especially if you’re traveling with a large group), taking an Uber is less expensive than a taxi or even public transportation!
For Currency Conversion: XE Currency
Converting currency can be confusing. As soon as you arrive in a destination, you’ll see prices that may appear really high or really low. You may find yourself constantly thinking: how much is that in USD? With XE Currency, you won’t have to do any math in your head and you’ll never have to take out your calculator in the middle of a store or restaurant. Simply set the app to your home currency and your destination’s currency. Whenever you want to check how much you’ll be paying for something, simply plug in the price and up will pop the price in your home currency. This is a great way to make sure you’re not overspending.
To Stay Connected: WhatsApp
While many cell phone carriers offer decent international plans, WhatsApp is a great freetool for those who want to stay connected without the cost of international calling and texting. Through WhatsApp, you can make voice calls, send text messages, send photos/videos, and even video call! Even if you purchase an international plan through your wireless carrier, it’s a good idea to download WhatsApp just in case.
To Avoid Getting Lost: MAPS.ME
Google Maps and Apple Maps are great – but what happens when you don’t have Wi-Fi or LTE service? What if you’re driving through the mountainous Scottish Highlands and you make a wrong turn? That’s where MAPS.MEsteps up to the plate. This lifesaver of an app provides maps offline. It also provides directions and detailed maps that show food, shops, hotels, gas stations, and more.
And Our Favorite Travel App: Taylored Tours’ App
When you book your travel with Taylored Tours, you’ll receive our helpful travel app. Along with your detailed itinerary, Taylored Tours includes travel tips, suggestions for attractions and restaurants, maps, entry and exit requirements for each country, important phone numbers, your travel insurance information, and your necessary documents….all in our user-friendly app so you can view it all before and during your travel. An added bonus: you can even view it offline!
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Cindi Taylor, Taylored Tours