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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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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