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Every day there are hundreds of apps emerging which claim to be your newest essential travel companion; but with so many to choose from, and a limit on your phone memory, it can be a challenge to weed out which ones are worth the time. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 apps, in no particular order, that we think you need to have for any trip.
This app is an invaluable guide no matter where in the world you are. You’ve stumbled across a restaurant just around the corner from the guest house you’re staying at and want to know whether they also sell food poisoning; looking it up on here may save you a few days recovery. Whether you’re looking for attractions to go to, finding a hostel that won’t give you bed bugs, or locating the nearest gin bar, this app is brilliant wherever you are, and wherever you’re going.
The use of this app really goes without saying, but with it you can say it in any language you want. Granted if you speak the local language you may not need this, but for most people there are more languages we don’t know than we do.
If you’re a person who likes to send a message and check in with your loved ones, or you want to keep in the loop with everything back home, its advisable to get yourself a messaging app instead of paying the sometimes extortionate international rates. Skype is particularly useful because you can send instant messages as well as make phone calls and video calls. Useful for calling home or booking a hotel room, all you need is internet access.
If you want to keep all your important booking information in one place, this app is perfect. You can keep track of your hotel bookings and car rentals, create a full itinerary for yourself and then even download a map of the area.
Getting your head around currency conversions is a big challenge if you’re a budget traveler who wants to keep track of your spending. This app uses live data and has information on almost every currency in the world. So don’t get caught out and ripped off; XE Currency can save you a lot of money and it won’t cost you a penny.