10 Must have Travel Apps
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If travel is on your mind, we suggest that these apps should be on your iPhone or iPad. Get the best tips, information, details on all travel related issues.
With over a million different apps available on both the Apple and Android app stores, sorting the good from the bad isn't easy. While most phones have automatic time zones and weather, there are some apps that will genuinely improve your vacation, many others aren't even worth the time they take to download.
1. Google Translate
- iOS and Android
If you’re traveling somewhere you don’t speak the language, you’ll find Google’s free translation app very useful. Simply type in the words you need to translate, pick a target language, and away you go.
You’ve also got the option of taking a photo, using handwriting or even speaking a phrase and having the resulting text translated and (in some cases) read aloud.
Most usefully, you can download a language pack ahead of time. This means you don’t even need to be connected to the Internet to translate typed phrases—an important point for international travelers who may not have mobile data.
2. XE Currency
There are many different currency conversion apps out there, but XE has long been the best. Choose all the different dollars, pesos, and baht you’d like to convert between, then pick the one you’d like to use right now. Enter an amount, and the equivalent in all other currencies will show on one screen.
It’s quick and easy, and can save you a lot of money when dealing with unfamiliar exchange rates. The app doesn’t require an Internet connection to convert between currencies, but does need one to download rates when you first select a currency.
3. Google Maps
Google Maps is easily the best mobile navigation app, and one you’ll likely use every day on the road.
While you’ll need an Internet connection to find new locations, you can save unlimited numbers of maps for later offline use. The GPS in your phone or tablet will still work without a cell signal, and you can even get driving and public transit directions without being connected.
TripIt is a travel itinerary app that makes it easy to see your whole trip in one place. You simply forward all of your booking emails to TripIt and the app collates all of your information. The information is available offline so you don't have to worry about roaming charges.
What's more, TripIt works with App in the Air and PackPoint (also in this list) so you can get flight notifications and packing advice based on your itinerary.
In order to use all of the functions TripIt has to offer you will have to upgrade to TripIt Pro for $49 per year (about AU$65) but the free version does include all the basics you need like manual changing of plans, syncing with your calendar, compiling travel documents in one place, and sharing of your itinerary.
TripAdvisor is the app of choice if user reviews are important to you. The app has over 500 million user reviews for hotels, restaurants, and events. Consumers can rate, review and even include photos, so if you want the full story before you decide to book something, this is the app for you.
Once you've waded through all those reviews, you can reserve a table, a concert, a plane ticket, all with the app.
You can also download maps, saved destinations, and reviews so that if you want to wait until you're already there to make final decisions, you can do so without incurring roaming charges.
6. WiFi Map
- on iOS and Android
By scanning your surroundings and checking against a database of over 100,000,000 hotspots updated by the app’s seven million users, Wifi Map lets you know the location of the nearest wireless connection.
The app includes any passwords you may need. The free version shows any networks within a little over a mile of your current or a searched location, while the paid version lets you download entire city Wi-fi maps ahead of time to use while offline.
PackPoint simply helps you pack. You tell PackPoint where you're going, when you're going, and what you plan to do there and PackPoint compiles a list of things to pack. You can add or remove items from the list, then check them off once you have them packed.
It works with TripIt too, so you can get suggestions based on your travel schedule automatically imported from that app.
You won’t ever have to deal with those 'Did I pack my...' feelings ever again.
8. Vaccine Record
This app, Vaccine Record works by organizing all vaccine records in one simple location, regardless of where they were given.
It uses your phone to collect and store your vaccine record. Patients enter the date of vaccines into a simple interface or photograph proof of vaccines. The data is only stored on their phone, and not in the ‘cloud’.
Information about vaccines and reminders to get booster shots are built in to the app. Remember to advise your patients to have their phones password protected to keep their medical information secure.
Patients increasingly get their healthcare from a variety of sources. It keeps everyone from wasting precious office time chasing down vaccine records.
9. Whats App
- iOS, Android
Simple. Secure. Reliable messaging. Text for free with other users of the app, regardless of platform. Neat customization tools, group chat features, and easy location adding are all cool additions. You'll need to convince your friends to download the app so you can communicate with them.
With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world. WhatsApp has built end-to-end encryption into the latest versions of the app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you're communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
10. Facebook Messenger
If you are on facebook then it is by far the best way to stay connected with friends an family. Before you leave add just the people you want to communicate with in a group in messenger. Then you can communicate to all those in that group at once. Easy!