Smartphones popped up little less than a decade ago and now hundreds of travel apps promise a smoother, more fun experience abroad. Instead of having to whip out a gigantic map, or attempting to translate directions to your cab driver, travelers can simply reach into their pocket and solve the problem right there. After scoping out what’s available today, here’s what we consider app-worthy for your next vacation.
Navigating a new city can be daunting, especially when you’re on foot or using public transportation. Luckily, Moovit eliminates that stress with an easy to use, real-time public transit app that helps you discover the best route for wherever you’re going. With a GPS style step-by-step guide, Get Off Notifications, service alerts and real-time arrivals, travelers enjoy the ride around town without the fear of getting lost. Moovit gives you a smooth ride in 1,00 cities in 65 countries, and accommodates 43 languages. Download the app for free in iOS and Android.
Everyone loves traveling, but not the bumpy time zone changes that come with it. Thankfully there’s a way to minimize those effects with the Entrain app. Simply input your destination time zone, and the app will break down when and where you should be sleeping, making the time zone adjustment process that much easier. The app is available for both Android and iOS.
Need to convert currency overseas quickly and accurately? Look no further than the free currency converter app XE Currency. Travelers can instantly access live exchange rates, view historical charts and calculate prices straight from their smartphone. The app is available for both Android and iOS.
Want to meet people abroad but don’t speak the language? Download TripLingo, the voice translator app with all the features you need to stay social. The app can translate nearly any statement, and provides the formal, casual and slang versions of the phrase. It also comes with a local etiquette tip sheet, making fitting in a breeze. The languages range from Arabic to Vietnamese with a total of 23 to choose from. Available for iOS and Android.
Many of us are aware of WhatsApp, but for those who are not – it’s the answer to keeping in touch globally. Users can chat, send pictures, videos and sound clips within a single interface, all through a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection. The app is especially useful when you’re trying to minimize a roaming bill. It’s also great for staying in touch with distant friends. Available for both iOS and Android.
We all want to get the most out of our vacation, so why not start at the airport? Now you can with LoungeBuddy, an app that provides lounge access across the globe for a fee. No first class or road warrior status required, just download the app and start surfing the available options. Sure beats sitting around the terminal for hours or paying for a beer at a half decent restaurant. If you’re into refreshments and a nice place to relax before take off, LoungeBuddy is the way to go. Available for Android and iOS.
We hope this selection of travel apps add value to your next trip abroad. If we missed any that you find particularly useful when traveling, let us know in the comment section below.