10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

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No matter how perfectly you think you’ve planned your trip, sometimes things go wrong.  From trivial things like no phone credit or poor wi-fi to having your passport stolen or needing medical assistance, we all have travel problems that pop up every now and again.  To help you overcome these issues, I’ve put together some of the best travel apps to help you out of any difficult situation while you are travelling.

Official US State Department App

Be prepared before you travel

Check out the official country information, travel advisories, US embassy locations and up to date visa and entry requirements for US citizens.   With Smart Traveler you can create personal itineraries, add notes, and organize your trips.  The app also provides access to the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which enables the State Department to better assist you in emergencies such as natural disasters, unrest in foreign countries, or lost/stolen passports overseas.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Know Your Stuff Before an Emergency Happens! The Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad
Know Your Stuff Before an Emergency Happens!

St John’s Ambulance First Aid

Quick reference guide for first aid and medical emergencies

Most people would have no clue what to do in a medical emergency.  This handy app offers basic first aid advice and helps you to identify what the problem is, and the best action to take to help the person needing first aid.  It is, of course, no substitute for the emergency services, but could help save a life.  Why not download the app today and learn what to do before it actually happens.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Notarize

Get official documents notarized online 24/7

Hopefully, you never have to find out what it’s like to lose your passport in a foreign country. If you do, this app can save you a trip to the embassy. Notarize is the first notary public platform allowing any person or business to get their documents legally notarized online.  Notarize connects users to notaries instantly online, saving you the hassle and time of finding a notary public in person.  Documents can be certified instantly by high-quality notary staff, and all files are digitally encrypted and tamper-proof.  They are online and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can access the service via iOS, Android and on the Notarize website.  There are some restrictions to the service, as some states have different laws regarding notarized documents, so check the website or call them for clarification if needed.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Notarize App - The Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad
Notarize App – The Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad

Maps.me

Downloadable maps for when you don’t have wi-fi or data access

This saved me multiple times when I was in Cuba without wi-fi.  I usually use google maps when I have access to wi-fi, but if you know you are going somewhere without a signal, download Maps.me in advance to give you access to a detailed map of the location, including shops, restaurants, hotels and more.  Now you can find your way quickly and safely to your hotel without needing a wi-fi signal.  Get on Android or iPhone.

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XE Currency Converter

Convert currency quickly and easily

This app comes in handy for day to day use while you’re abroad, allowing to quickly check the current currency conversions so you know exactly how much you’re spending.  Usually, it won’t matter too much as long as you have an idea of the conversion, but if you’re stuck without cash or need to transfer a larger sum of money from abroad it could prove very costly if you don’t do your sums properly.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Currency Conversions - The Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad
Currency Conversions – The Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad

Whatsapp

Keep in Contact with Loved Ones

Whatsapp is an essential app for me now, although I’d never heard of it before I went travelling.  Instead of using text messages and phone calls to keep in touch, Whatsapp offers free text, photo and voice messaging, as well as telephone calls all through the Wi-Fi network.  Now you can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world without incurring heavy mobile phone costs. Get on Android or iPhone.

Google Translate

Communicate with local people no matter where you are

This app is perfect for frequent travellers and helps you to communicate with people in 103 different languages at the click of a button.  Type in text to translate in 103 languages or use your camera to take a photo of text and translate 38 languages.  If you are offline you can still check translations for 59 different languages, so the world really is your oyster!  Get on Android or iPhone.

Learn the Language - Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad
Learn the Language – Best Travel Apps for Emergencies Abroad

Duolingo

Learn the local language

Learning a few words of the local language will help you to make connections and talk to local people.  If you don’t have the time or money to spend on formal lessons, Duolingo is a useful app which teaches you a new language completely free of charge.  Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation and multiple-choice questions to help you learn your language in no time.   Get on Android or iPhone.

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Skyscanner

Book flights quickly and easily

Flight cancelled?  Or just fancy booking a holiday?  The Skyscanner app searches millions of different flight options to find the best flights for you.  Set up price alerts to be notified when a flight changes price, or if you’re feeling adventurous search for flights to anywhere.  You can also compare prices for hotels and car hire too.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Find the Best Flight Deals with the Skyscanner App - The Best Travel Apps
Find the Best Flight Deals with the Skyscanner App – The Best Travel Apps

Hotel Tonight

Find last minute hotel deals at the click of a button

If your flight has been cancelled, or you’ve had to change your plans at short notice, Hotel Tonight specialize in last-minute deals, partnering with hotels to offer discounts on empty rooms so you can grab a bargain when you need it most.  Get on Android or iPhone.

Have you ever needed an app in an emergency?  I’d love to hear your stories, please leave your comments below.

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No matter how perfectly you think you’ve planned your trip, sometimes things go wrong.  From trivial things like no phone credit or poor wi-fi to having your passport stolen or needing medical assistance, we all have travel problems that pop up every now and again.  To help you overcome these issues, I’ve put together some of the best travel apps to help you out of any difficult situation while you are travelling. #Apps #TravelTips #TravelApps #Emergencies #travel    No matter how perfectly you think you’ve planned your trip, sometimes things go wrong.  From trivial things like no phone credit or poor wi-fi to having your passport stolen or needing medical assistance, we all have travel problems that pop up every now and again.  To help you overcome these issues, I’ve put together some of the best travel apps to help you out of any difficult situation while you are travelling. #Apps #TravelTips #TravelApps #Emergencies #travel #iphone #android

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7 thoughts on “10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

  1. Wow, Notarize sounds really useful! You don’t really know you need it until you do, so it’s good to be prepared. And the first aid one is a GREAT suggestion, would never have thought of that. I also normally download offline maps on Google Maps but it doesn’t always work so it’s good to have a back up.

  2. I always get so lost on what are the best travel apps. There are just so many out there and so many are just really not what the cut out to be.

    I had never heard to Notarize, really interesting and handy. I have an on and off love affair with WhatsApp, but could not live without Google Translate.

  3. Although I extensively use google maps and xe currency converter, Notarize is the app that caught my eye. Thankfully I’ve never been in a situation where I would’ve needed it but it is not very uncommon for people to lose their passports in a foreign country and if I am ever in a similar situation myself, I’d be slightly more peaceful to know where to go to find the solution. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Map.me sounds great! My goodness it’s crazy how many places around the world cannot even offer the simplest of paper street maps to visitors. It’s such a waste of time walking around in circles (speaking from extensive walking-around-in-circles personal experience). Google Translate would also come in handy. Thanks for the inside scoop!

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