I’m pretty picky with my mobile apps. If something isn’t being used, I’m deleting it–whether I paid for it or not. Over time, you really start to weed out the unnecessary and get down to the convenient apps that really save you time. With that in mind, here are five useful apps that might make your smartphone your travel saviour (if it wasn’t already).
I’m so bad with currency converting–I think my math skills began to fade away as soon as I stopped taking math courses in university. Having an app to convert currency just makes the whole process more convenient.
Road trips are meant to be savoured. There’s nothing better than the freedom of taking your time and seeing the world on your own terms. But, sometimes there’s a lot of time to kill on the way from point A to point B. That’s where it’s handy to have this little companion that provides you with some suggestions for attractions that you’ll be passing on your journey. Sure, you could do the research yourself, but why not take advantage of a quick fix?
Cost: $2.99 USD
Keeping an eye on your budget can be an important part of budget travel. Connecting this app to your bank account allows you to keep an eye on your real-time funds easily, along with keeping track of where you are spending your money. You may need it less as you become more conscious of your spending, but it’s nice to have the record to remind you starting off.
There’s nothing worse than arriving in your hotel, hostel, or other type of accommodation, and realizing that you’re expected to pay exorbitant amounts for Wi-Fi (this may be an exaggeration). The good news that all smart travellers know is that usually free Wi-Fi can be found–whether at a public library or huddled on a curb beside a café with an open network. This app tells you where that free or cheap Wi-Fi is hiding.
It’s a pretty uncomfortable situation to be wandering a new place and find yourself in desperate need of a rest stop. The more timid, like me, often have trouble disobeying those “washrooms for customers only” signs. The good thing is that it is possible to scope out the scene in advance and come up with your game plan. Having a map of available toilets in the area can save you a little discomfort, and a whole lot of dignity.
What apps do you rely on when travelling? Any that you are interested in trying out?