Do you have the apps that you might need to get the most out of your vacation?
Copy submitted by Annika Majak.
The bags are packed. You are ready to go on your vacation. Maybe you made a “to pack” list or used an app on your phone to help you remember everything you need to bring. The phones is charged, the charger packed and ready – but wait, did you pack your phone? Here is a list of apps that you might find helpful during your holiday and best of all – they are all free!
1. Google Maps
Even if you won’t be driving a car, google maps can show you if the cabdriver is taking you straight to your hotel or taking the long way around. Use it while walking or just to plan your route while on holiday. Available on android and iPhone.
2. XE Currency
So the cabdriver took you straight to your hotel and you paid him. Now since you just arrived you are not sure if the amount you paid was fare or not. XE Currency will let you know. This app gives you up to date rates in all the currencies in the world and it is very accurate. You can also download the latest rates and use it offline. Available on android and iPhone.
If your vacation brought you to the sunny parts of the world you need your sunscreen. Unfortunately the app can not help to smear your back but it can help to remind you when it is time to put some more lotion on. The app detects the UV rating of your location and you just put in your skin type and the SPF of your sun lotion and you are good to go. Available on iPhone (for android download the next to identical Sunscreen Reminder Pro)
4. Google translate
You got your dose of sun and now you want to order your meal in the local language. With 90 languages you are likely to get help from this app and in some of the languages you can even speak-translate. Even if it does not translate one hundred percent accurately in all languages you will most certainly feel a little more like “a local” with this app. Available on android and iPhone.
You’re talking like a local, but acting like a tourist. It is time to explore what the area you are staying in has to offer. There are loads of tourist guides to download to your phone but most of them require internet. With the Stay.com app you can download the cities prior to your trip and once on location you can use them offline. This app is quickly getting bigger with more and more cities added and best of all – you can add your favorite spots or just trust the experts and follow in their footsteps to find the secret gems the city has to offer. Available on android and iPhone.
About the author: Annika Majak is a freelance journalist. Born in Sweden but calls the whole world her home. (Shares her travel on her website www.bringblingtoeverything.com