Thanks to apps designed with travelers in mind, it’s easier than ever to plan trips, enjoy low-cost communications, find your way from one place to the next, and much more. Whether you need to call Mexico to make plans for a beach vacation, translate speech on the fly, or find the perfect local cuisine while enjoying international travel, great apps can help you do it.
Here are five to try next time you’re traveling.
Use Viber for cheap International Calls
Whatever your income, it always pays to save. Many apps help you spend less on essentials: Viber is one of them. Use it next time you’re calling UK for business or personal reasons, for instance, or take advantage of the opportunity to call India for just a few pennies per minute. Besides offering low rates on international calls, Viber offers a variety of free services that come with the download: texting, video chat, and other features help you stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues near and far.
Unlike some other apps that offer similar features, Viber is completely secure, with end-to-end encryption. The app works anywhere an internet connection is available, and it doesn’t take minutes off your cell phone’s calling plan. This means you can use your phone while traveling, even when you’re out of your carrier’s service range. Whether you want to call home from a remote location, or if you feel like calling the Philippines, Costa Rica, or another fantastic destination, you’ll appreciate this easy, inexpensive way to keep in touch.
The Viber app is available as a free download for Android and iOS, and it works with a variety of devices including phones, tablets, and PCs.
Stay Organized with TripIt
If you use TripIt.com, then you’ll probably appreciate everything the companion app can do for you. It puts all of your travel plans in one place for easy viewing, and it even includes a live flight status feature so you can easily stay updated and worry-free.
Once you’ve synchronized your itinerary, you can continue to use the app even without an internet connection. Besides providing flight information, this handy app helps with lodgings, car rentals, and much more. It is free to download, and is available for a variety of devices using Android and iOS platforms.
Create Memories with Snapseed
Google’s Snapseed app features a variety of filters, special effects, and photo editing tools that help you take your photos to the next level. It’s fun to use while traveling, whether you’re taking photos for personal or business reasons. Snapseed is free to download from the Apple store or Google Play, and it is compatible with a variety of devices.
Dealing with Jet Lag: It’s one of the worst parts of traveling. JetLag Genie offers a solution, helping you change your wake/sleep cycle in the days leading up to travel so that you’ll be better rested when you arrive at your destination. The app costs a few dollars, but the benefits are well worth the investment.
What to bring? Packing Pro can help you decide which clothing is best for your destination, plus it can help you decide on essentials, accessories, gadgets, and more. The app is free for Android users, and costs a few dollars in Apple’s App store.