7 Must-Have Apps for Travelers

Yeah, traveling often means surviving without a phone or computer from time to time, but on those occasions you find yourself in a cafe with a decent wifi signal or are spending enough time in a country to warrant splurging on a local simcard, you’ll be grateful to have the following essential traveler apps!

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At first glance Momondo seems like your run-of-the-mill flight/hotel app, but take a closer look. Momondo allows you to sort through your results and narrow down options more easily than most mobile apps. While apps from Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are great for booking ahead, Momondo is great for when you’ve arrived at your destination but not yet booked your lodgings. Simply tap “Near Me Tonight” and you’ll quickly be presented with a map showing all available options, with prices, reviews, and amenities. This app has honestly replaced all other booking programs on my devices.

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While we all have our favorite map and GPS apps, we’re often at the mercy of WiFi and cell reception to actually make use of them. MAPS.ME offers a simple solution: detailed maps for cities and countries around the world that can be downloaded and utilized offline.

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Okay, I know we all love streetfood and stumbling upon a new favorite hole-in-the-wall, but sometimes you get a craving or just want to try something new—Foodspotting is the ultimate solution. Rather than just little blips of restaurant locations popping up on your map, actual dishes do. It’s a visual guide to the food around you and allows you to review and vote for the dishes you’ve tried. I never thought I’d need an app just to find dinner, but this one is seriously addicting!

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aMetro lets you hit the ground running in a new city, as it contains subway, bus, train, and station maps from around the world. A simple idea, but super convenient!

Unfortunately, aMetro isn’t available for iOS, although a decent alternative for iPhone users can be found in metrO ( http://tinyurl.com/zulf2jk ).

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SkyScanner’s mobile app is one of the must user-friendly flight searches out there, and I especially love their “search everywhere” option that allows you to see the cheapest international flights available. Sure, you didn’t plan to visit Macau, but it was only $60!

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Google Translate prevails as the best translation app available, supporting over 100 languages and allowing users not only to translate written words, but photos as well. Many languages boast voice input and the app can also read text back to you (which can really help users learn foreign pronunciation!).

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TravelSafe is an essential app that you hope you never have to use, containing a database of emergency contact numbers for police, fire, & rescue numbers for more countries than most people can name, much less visit. The only app on this list that isn’t free, that $0.99 is well worth the peace of mind knowing help is only a few taps away.

3 Ways to Keep in Touch With Your Parents While Backpacking

3 Ways to Keep in Touch With Your Parents While Backpacking

Traveling the world during our younger years is liberating, to say the least. It helps us expand our psyche and learn about our surrounding environment more thoroughly – although, it often comes at a price. We’ve previously written about  how difficult it can be telling your parents about moving abroad and the same goes for backpacking.So, what are the main things we should consider when we are traveling abroad to help ease the pain of being away from our loved ones?

#1 Constant communication

Operating on a different time zone shouldn’t be an excuse for not keeping in touch with your parents or family, in general. With innovations such as Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and Viber it opens up endless opportunities to keep lines of communication open between both parties. The best part is that you don’t even need to take a laptop with you while traveling, many travelers run these apps through their mobile devices. The only thing you’ll need to rely on is a solid WiFi connection, which most hostels, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants will readily provide you as long as you purchase something from their establishment.

#2 Play online games with them

The beauty of mobile is that is provides a lot of mediums where people can connect. A fun way to engage with your parents is to play mobile games with them, while chatting with them along the way. Having fun with them while playing something that you’re both interested in can be very heartwarming and help both parties get over the fact that you aren’t seeing each other on a regular basis.

Although, this is a wonderful way to keep in contact with your family members it probably won’t be as unbelievable as a pair of sisters who were reunited after being separated at birth. The sisters were reunited after 60-years of being apart, after their 9-year love affair with an online bingo game helped them discover they were actually long lost sisters. This goes to show that playing games online can in fact bridge the gap between you and your family, even with the most incredible results.

#3 Update your social media accounts regularly

Updating your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts regularly will give your parents the ability to see what you are experiencing on a daily basis. This will help them see what a life-changing experience you are having, and put their minds to rest. Giving them a first-hand account of the places you are visiting will also give them a medium to reply to and engage in conversations with you regarding the many wonderful landmarks you have experienced along your journey across the world.

If you have any tips for our readership of the best ways to keep in touch with your parents while traveling, please leave your comments below.

-Ashley