If you are planning the ultimate vacay getaway in the 21st century you are going to need some essential apps handy. We are no longer in the day-in-age where you just grab your paper map and go. No, it is best to have an arsenal of the best of language, communication, stay, transportation and finance apps. Here are a few to get you started.
1. Google Translate
Thank goodness for communication, that is communication in 103 languages because that’s how many are offered on the Google Translate app. If you’re off to a foreign land, having Google Translate accessible will make you feel more confident when traveling about and add fluidity to your trip in general. If you are not already using this app, get on it. It offers instant camera translations, conversation mode, and even a handwriting detection feature. Language should not be a barrier when planning the ultimate vacay getaway.
WhatsApp is an essential app that makes sure you stay in communication with family and friends without the burden on extra fees by being in another country. It allows text messaging, phone calls, face-to-face calls, and voice messaging. With end-to-end encryption, you can utilize the app knowing it is a highly secure communications services. “With voice calls, you can talk to your friends and family for free—WhatsApp voice and video calls use your phone’s Internet connection, instead of your cell plan’s voice minutes, so you don’t have to worry about expensive calling charges.”
Chances are you have heard of Airbnb, and even though hotels are still very familiar in modern society, Airbnb is slowly creeping its way into our new normal, and with good reason. Affordable, safe housing and apartment-stays that provide a more close-knit experience with a city or town than what you would experience at a hotel. The Airbnb app is an essential app for finding a variety of local, diverse and authentic rentals. Airbnb’s are typically lower in price than hotels, and they also provide more space and amenities. Not only that, they offer experiences to travelers and vacationers as well. “With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 30,000+ unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ markets around the world.”
While many places around the world offer public transportation services like buses, trains, metros, and taxis, and while taking transit around the world in itself is a part of the travel experience, it’s good to have transportation apps handy. You may find yourself away from any public transportation services. It provides safety and travel conveniences.
5. Trail Wallet
Now the last thing you want to do when traveling is losing track of spending. Trail Wallet can help with that; it’s an essential app that keeps track of your expenses and can help with any financial-stemming anxiety. “Organize your expenses by trip or by month, set yourself a daily budget, then easily add expenses as you go. When you get a bill or receipt, pull out your iPhone, add the amount using the Quick Add screen and you’re done. Forget about it. Get on with your day. No more collecting receipts in bags or pockets. No more sitting with a calculator trying to work out how you’re doing. No more trying to remember how much that tuk-tuk cost.”