From avoiding social embarrassment when tipping to identifying a local attraction or famous landmark tools here are a few of our favorite travel apps to help you survive any vacation.
Don’t pay for one of the many currency conversion apps out there in the digital outer space – this Currency converter is free, easy to use, and best of all, since it uses immediate currency rates it is completely accurate. Users have downloaded this app more than five million times to date, so this is one to get today!
Anyone who says packing is easy has obviously never tried to cram a tennis racket or a winter jacket into their suitcase. If you’re like us then this is your lucky day! To use just tell this app where you’re going, how long you’re going for and who you’re traveling with and it will give you a suggested list of what you should bring. It will even split up into essentials (passport, type of currency), what kind of clothes you will need, gadgets and more. It even has separate lists for additional family members.
For those of you who love to bask in the sun you have to add this asap! This nifty app detects the UVI rating of your current location and sets a countdown timer to alert you when you’re due for your next application of sun block. All you have to do is input your skin type and the SPF of the lotion you are using then kick back and soak up those rays without feeling the pain of a sunburn later!
Ever wonder how much of a tip you should leave when you’re in a new country? In some countries leaving 10% on the table will cause offence; where in others you’re looked at as a cheapskate! Thankfully, wherever you go, there’s a tip calculator to help you split bills and tips while avoiding social embarrassment.
Anyone who’s ever accidentally downloaded a large email while on vacation will know the ridiculousness of data roaming charges, and there’s no indication from the networks that this will be fixed anytime soon. Once installed, this app drastically reduces the amount of data required to perform normal everyday tasks, such as retrieving your email and posting on Facebook. Instead of shelling out all that cash when you return to your service provider save the money for your next vacation.
A potential life-saving database of emergency service phone numbers for almost every country you’d ever want to visit. There’s also embassy information if your passports were to go missing. For the truly paranoid travelers out there this app gives you the option to pin emergency services to your home screen, for one-touch access to police, ambulances and hospitals.
The Snow Report
Imagine a ski vacation without snow! Probably not likely but with this app you are guaranteed full updates on every mountain around the world. Keep this one on your smart phone and you’ll never be more than a touch away from the latest ski reports for your local mountains. There is even detailed trail maps to guide you back to the lodge should you ski your way into trouble.
While apps that tell you where all the local dining hotspots are a dime a dozen, those that focus in on specific meals are quite rare. Luckily for Foodspotting you can find exactly what type of dish you are craving. Dying to try traditional Paella in Madrid? How about some Fish’n’Chips in London? Search around a bit and within seconds you’ll be on your way to the best of the best.
If you have ever stumbled across a building that looks famous or important but had no idea what it was then this app is for you. Open this app point your phone’s camera lens at the source and as long as what you’re focusing on is famous enough it will return relevant Wikipedia articles filling you in with everything you need to know. Pretty cool if you ask us!
With data roaming charges still ridiculously high, it’s pretty important to know where to find a decent Wi-Fi hotspot. No need to charge through the city waving your handset around like a maniac. Simply fire up this handy app and follow directions to your nearest wireless internet. Save you time and money!