Here are 9 of the most important apps for people who travel a lot.
Number one is WhatsApp — WhatsApp is a crucial communication tool today. It’s what you’re going to use to keep in touch with the new friends you make in the countries you visit. It’s what you’re going to use to stay in touch with your family and friends back home. It allows you to make free phone calls and video calls to anyone it.
If you go to Rome, if you go to Brazil, if you go to France, whoever you meet is going to have it no matter how old they are.
The number one reason why this is the travelers companion is because as a communication tool, everyone has it. So if you go to Rome, if you go to Brazil, if you go to France, whoever you meet is going to have it no matter how old they are. That means that you can keep in touch with everyone on a platform everyone knows how to use.
Number two is Maps.me — it’s a mapping application similar to Google maps but different in one important way. It works without the Internet. Well Google maps allows you to download off-line map there are still important differences between maps me and Google maps. For one Maps.ME allows you to decide between math in a direction via walking and bicycling or driving without the Internet, whereby with Google maps your only option without the Internet is to map a direction with a car.
I like to use Google Maps and Maps.Me because they complement each other and when you’re traveling all over the place having both options ensures that you’re covered wherever you go.
3. Google Maps
The third app is Google Maps — naturally Google maps gives you access to where you are, it gives you a Birdseye view of the buildings, the street, and various other things that would help you make a decision in regards to where to go when you arrive in a new place. It is the best map application and because it is Google Maps, 99% of the world, of the places you travel to will be probably mapped to a degree.
It is the best map application
I was surprised to go to Gracias in Honduras, a small city, and Google had already mapped the streets, the various buildings, etc. And Google Maps offers the option to download an off-line maps area that you can access when you the Internet isn’t readily available. That’s a pretty useful thing because sometimes in some of these places there is no Internet, for instance in the park.
Airbnb — I found Airbnb to be one of the best ways to get housing. Because you can arrange for housing before you even arrive and on like a hotel the costs are generally lower, it allows you to engage with the people, and the culture quicker. And most times in places like Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay you can get a whole house, or an apartment for a month or two and the cost is going to be generally cheaper than perhaps what you would pay in the States for a similarly nice apartment.
Scannable app — if you’re a person who works and travels most times if not all the time you have documents that you need to send to people, or that you need to manipulate, or that you need to fax and this application allows you to quickly capture a scan of a document which you can then fax. This app is made by Evernote and so it’s a very robust and it’s ability to locate a document, process it, and turn it into a PDF, JPEG, or uploaded to the cloud, is great.
6. Google Translate
Google translate, the best translator on the market. Being that this is a child google it is something that is constantly being updated probably hear about it on the news. It offers the best translation engine out there and there are numerous applications purporting to be the best, this is the best. Google translate uses a I in a way that no other company can match. It’s able to process colloquialisms, expressions and for more intricate and subtle aspect languages.
Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, you name it Google translate can process these languages and help you to communicate exactly what you’re trying to communicate to people
Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, you name it Google translate can process these languages and help you to communicate exactly what you’re trying to communicate to people. In addition it offers a feature where you can speak in your language and it will output in a different language so that the other person can hear what you’re saying in their language. I’ve come to depend on Google translate because most of the places I visit I don’t stay there long enough to master the language.
Medium — medium is another great app more so it is a journaling/blogging/diary/writing application. And for me I specifically use it more so for journaling my visits to different places. As you read this and as you read my other post you’ll see what I’m talking about. Combining Medium with the iPhone’s text to speech function allows me to think up and put out content as quickly as an idea comes into my head.
Moovit —A crucial application for the active traveler. Moovit gives you the schedule and bus routes in every country you visit. I’ve been to Ecuador, Uruguay Brazil, United States, etc and I’ve been able to depend on this application for navigating the city wherever I find myself.
Moovit will locate all the buses that are going that way, it will also tell you which bus stop you should go to
By simply typing in your current location and where you want to go Moovit will locate all the buses that are going that way, it will also tell you which bus stop you should go to, how long the wait is, and while you’re in the bus it will continue to mark off different stops until you get to your location whereby the app will notify you with the a sound. It is simply great.
Uber is another important application. When you visit cities where Uber is active it just gives you peace of mind. For instance when I arrive in an airport in a new city, in a new country, I don’t know the bus routes and I don’t want to start looking for it but I can immediately depend on Uber to take me from point A to point B.
When you visit cities where Uber is active it just gives you peace of mind
Although Uber today is having a lot of issues, I for one hope it survives because it is one of the most important transportation technologies ever devised. And it should not go away.