I have done my fair share of traveling in the past, and have used many different apps to help make traveling easier. And there are a few apps in particular that can make traveling internationally a breeze. From solving language barriers to enhancing your security, here a few apps to make traveling more enjoyable.
Language barriers can be one of the most challenging things to overcome when traveling abroad. So of course, Google Translate appears here on this list. But one of the main reasons this app makes the list is because Google Translate can translate street signs, package labels and other text too. This can be a huge help when trying to figure out where you’re going, shopping, or simply looking for the nearest bathroom. You can download it for free from the App Store.
If you’re traveling and don’t have an international data or cellular plan, communicating with people back home can be very challenging. WhatsApp allows you to communicate with anyone who also has the app while in Wi-Fi (and cellular too). iMessage is a great tool you can use in Wi-Fi as well, but you may want to communicate with people on other operating systems like Android or Windows. It’s a free app and its messages are encrypted just like iMessage. Download WhatsApp here.
Packing can sometimes be the worst part of any vacation/business trip. That’s where PackPoint comes in. Enter the purpose of the trip, where you are going, and the length of the trip and the app will give you recommendations for what to pack based on the weather, culture and the reason for your travels. You can even let the app know if you’ll have access to laundry services for further optimization! This great app will help prevent you from leaving essential items at home and more. Check it out here.
The US State Department created this app for Americans traveling outside of the country. This app was designed to supply users with travel alerts, warnings, maps, and embassy locations. This app can help you feel close to home and safer even when traveling somewhere new outside of the USA. Smart Traveler is a free download.