Updated – February 2017
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This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I do a lot of traveling. Take 2013, for example: I went to 5 countries on 3 different continents. And luckily, my trusty iPhone & iPad went on the journey with me. The following apps made traveling a breeze. The best thing about them: they are all FREE!
6 Best Travel Apps
Hands down my favorite travel app. The app searches your email and adds all of your travel information to one place. That way anything with a confirmation email (flight, hotel, rental car, adventures) is put in one place. Say goodbye to searching your email for flight or hotel information.
It is so easy to lose track of conversation rates when traveling around to other countries (learned that the hard way traveling to France from South Africa).XE Currency is the perfect app because not only will it update you on the current currency conversations but it can also be used offline. Just make sure to update it when you have internet.
I'm aFourSquare / Swarm addict – any app that has badges wins me over quickly. But beyond just checking in everywhere you go (guilty) you can also search for restaurants and attractions close by. My favorite part of the app, however, is that I never have to worry about forgetting the name of a place / landmark / restaurant that I loved. I make a habit of checking in on this app as a way to document my trips so that I can easily remember my itinerary when I recommend places to friends or write about it on this blog.
Since I typically do not use a data plan when traveling, I make sure to use WhatsApp Messenger to text friends and family at home. The nice thing about this app is that most people in other countries also use this app since texting can be expensive.
Confession: Sometimes I forget to wear sunscreen. I know that I should, but since I rarely burn I usually forget. And once I have it on I never know when to reapply. Enter Sunscreen. Input the UV Index for where you are, the SPF of the sunscreen, and your skin color and the app will set a timer letting you know when you should reapply. Don't know the UV Index? No worries – the app comes with an map and search function so that you can find out. So easy.
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