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15 Phone Apps That May Help Abroad

I have an iPhone, but I have tried to pick apps that also work for android phones.  I have not used these apps, unless stated otherwise, but I have friends who recommend them strongly.  Therefore I must give my friends at UCL (to remain unnamed) credit for this post idea.  Hope this helps!

For packing, INTO app includes checklists, and advice so you don’t forget Mr. Bear at home!

Once in a new city, Citymapper and Trip It. Trip It stores all travel details, like flights and trains and helps to schedule the days.  Citymapper – may only work for London – but basically shows tube map, city map and accounts for the rentable Boris bikes around London.

Exploring the new city also requires a few apps, like Trip Advisor city guides, World Lens Rough Guides, Viator, and Field Trip.  The first two are on my phone.  Trip Advisor city guides provides guides to most big cities in the world (beyond just Europe), and then you can access the guides when offline after downloaded for good ideas on the road!  Cities that I have downloaded include Barcelona, Berlin and Brussels, and a few others.  However, the app has guides for 31 cities in Europe, 26 cities in North America, 15 cities in Asia and Australia, 6 cities in Central and South America, and 4 cities in the Middle East and Africa.  Rough Guides is exactly that, through photos and features highlights from all the continents but Antarctica.  One of the great things about Rough Guides is that many off their suggestions are not particularly tourist-y things to see, and the guides are not just what to do, but also include food delicacies in certain places, or special activities particular to a location.  Viator finds tours and day trips in different locations.  Field Trip will send you automatic notifications when you are near a landmark or attraction – could be helpful, drain your battery, annoying or create many new adventures!

Expecting a language barrier?  Try iTranslate, Trip Lingo or Duolingo and iPronunciation.  I currently am using Duolingo, but not just for when I’m abroad, but to help with learning new languages.  The app tests the owner in many different ways and makes the language learning fun, and more permanent than the quick lookups for iTranslate.  However, iTranslate can be helpful if you have wifi or cellular data whilst abroad and you are worried about emergency situations.  I downloaded iTranslate a while back, but it only lasted about 5 minutes on my phone – it wasn’t for me.  iPronunciation is Google Translate on steroids. It allows you to use both Google Translate and Bing Translate with 53 languages and 17 phonetic transliterations. Trip Lingo covers local phrases on a sliding scale from ‘formal’ to ‘crazy’.  For instance, you could ask “how are you”…or “how are you heater pipe?” And in French.

After a great day of exploring, it’s nice to brag to parents or friends about your adventures, use Skype.  Skype, as well as GroupMe, Viber, and Whatsapp are all helpful apps to stay in touch with friends and family at home, and all over the world for free.



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