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Packing for a romantic weekend getaway with your loved one? Is it time for your annual family summer vacation? Or are you ready to book that flight abroad for a little solo travel? Regardless of the why, there is one thing all of us travelers have in common. The smartphone.
Here’s a list of the Best Apps For Traveling you won’t find my smartphone without:
1. Weather Bug
Whilst most smartphones come with basic weather apps these days, Weather Bug takes it to a whole other level. Whether you suffer from extreme allergies and want to know the pollen count or need to keep track of those storm warnings on that tropical vacation, Weather Bug does it all.
With more map options one could ever need, 18-day forecasting and a few sweet additional features, you should supercharge your phone with this weather app and then you will be prepared for anything.
2. Rome 2 Rio
I didn’t think getting a reliable train timetable in the middleof nowhere Japan was going to be possible until I fired up my trusty Rome2Rio app. Type an A, put in a B and get a whole list of overland/water/air routes for that journey. It will do everything from quote prices, distances, times, mileage as well as route numbers. No matter where you are in the world, Rome 2 Rio is likely to find the transportation option to suit your travel needs.
I really started digging this app when I started to travel to exotic locations. Looking up into the sky while on a romantic walk on the beach can be quite dreamy! The stars and what you can see in the sky? Totally different from what you can see at home that is for sure. If you find yourself obsessing over nature, this app is definitely a must have. Simply point it at the sky and it will tell you what stars and constellations are in the viewfinder. If you want to start photographing the milky way this is a great one to get on your phone as well!
4. XE Currency Exchange
XE is an amazing app to keep track of that currency in your pocket in real time. The best thing about this app is that it also works offline. That's right! As long as you updated your rates before your trip, you do not need to connect to wifi to suss out if a good deal really is a good deal
5. Google Translate
Still the godsend of translating apps. Can't read the menu? No problem! Just hold your phone over that menu and the camera will translate. It will speak to you. It will help you. It is just awesome.
Whilst Google Maps still has a place in my heart,I was pretty shocked at how much more helpful Maps.Me can be in unusual destinations! The maps are downloadable (as are Googles) so you can be offline and still use them anywhere but the killer thing is it is powered by OneStreetMap which is open source meaning everyone can update the details and add in new openings and finds which you might not find buried in the more traditional way that Google Maps displays local businesses.
If you’re like me who tends to be veeeery forgetful, PackPoint would definitely become your new pre-travel buddy! Through this travel app, you will never forget your travel essentials ever again. Ever. PackPoint will build a packing list for you based on your length of travel, weather in your destination, and activities during your trip. But don’t worry, you’re free to edit their suggested list after they build it for you.
Hopper is perfect when you don’t have set dates for a trip, but you have an idea of when you want to travel. You enter the trip you want to take and it tells you when the cheapest time to fly will be. It will also send you a notification when that cheap flight hits the market.
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