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8 Free Travel Apps You Can't Leave the Country Without.

When I'm traveling, my iPhone is one of my favorite companions. It's amazing how you can have all of the information you need right at your fingertips. These are some of my favorite travel apps to have when I'm going international. 

CITY MAPS 2GO
This app is like Google Maps, but better. You can download the app for free or pay $2.99 for the paid version which has more maps available. Within the app, you can download maps of the cities that you're traveling to. Once you've downloaded the map, it's on your phone, and you don't need to use WiFi to access it anymore. You can search for places by name or use the map to see what major sites, restaurants, etc. are nearby. Once you choose where you want to go, it has an arrow that you can follow that will point you in the right direction of where you need to go. I used this app when I was in London, and it led me straight to the Sherlock Holmes Pub. It's pretty handy.

Download City Maps 2Go from iOSAndroid


WHATSAPP
I think most people are pretty familiar with this app. It's perfect when you're going out of town because it allows you to send texts to your friends who also have the app. You can send texts for free as long as you're connected to WiFi. 

Download WhatsApp from iOS, Android

FREE CURRENCY CONVERTER
Nothing is more frustrating than shopping or going out to eat in a foreign country and not knowing how much you're actually paying for it in USD. This app is simple to use and you can convert to every currency imaginable. 

Download Free Currency Converter from iOS; comparable app on Android


WORDLENS
WordLens is perfect if you're going to a country whose primary language isn't English. You can hold the phone up to a sign, menu, etc. that's in a different language, and it will translate the words for you. It's not perfect, and there are some kinks to work out, but it's really useful when it does work correctly. 

Download WordLens from iOS, Android


TRANSLATE PROFESSIONAL
Translate Pro is one of the few apps I've been able to find that doesn't require data to work. If you're looking for a very specific phrase, then you may be out of luck, but if you're looking for regularly used phrases, then Translate Pro is pretty much perfect. They have translations available in several different languages, and all of the translations are categorized with categories ranging from basic 'meeting people,' 'bargaining,' 'accommodations,' 'in the restaurant,' and 'dates' to more specialized categories like 'allergies,' 'emergency,' 'clothing,' 'sports,' 'books,' and so much more. The app gives you the option to either read the phrase or hear it, and with languages like Chinese and Japanese, you may not be able to read it, so hearing it is pretty helpful. 

If you do happen to have access to WiFi, they also have a special feature where you can type in a phrase and read or hear the translation. Unfortunately, not all languages are available offline, but for popular languages like French, Spanish, German, Italian, and many others, this is the perfect translation app if you don't want to use any data. 

Download Translate Professional from iOS; comparable app on Android


AROUND ME
This is the ultimate travel app when you're traveling in a place that you've never been to. You simply open the app, and if you're looking for a restaurant, bar, ATM, etc., you can see what's around you. Simple as that. 

Download Around Me from iOS, Android


WIFI FINDER
In today's society, so many people are reliant on technology and connections to the rest of the world, so when we're in a foreign country, you want to know that you'll have easy access to WiFi. This app is perfect if you want to stay connected to the people you left behind while you went on your adventure. 

Download WiFi Finder from iOS, Android


SIT OR SQUAT
This is a relatively new app, so there aren't reviews for all bathrooms in all areas, but basically, with Sit or Squat, you can look at reviews that other people have left about restrooms in the area. If it's a relatively clean bathroom, people can rate the restroom as a "Sit," but if the bathroom isn't so great, they can rank it as a "Squat." This is perfect if you're looking for a place to do your business, and you want to have a relatively decent experience. 
 
Download Sit Or Squat from iOS, Android


What are your favorite travel apps? 

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40 comments :

  1. These look awesome! I, unfortunately, have a Windows phone which will run exactly none of these. :/ But I'll look to see if there are comparable ones in the Windows app store because I could definitely use some of these on the international trips I have coming up this year! Pinning!

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  2. Love all of these apps! I am travelling to Alaska for spring break and will definitely be downloading a few of these apps!

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  3. This is so helpful!! I've only used Whatsapp so far, but the rest would have been so useful when I studied abroad. I can't wait to download them when I travel next. The sit or squat one cracks me up haha! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Wish I'd had these 10 years ago when I went to Europe!
    Pinned this to my travel advice board for reference for my next trip.

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  5. OMG. Obsessed with you and this list.
    Sooooooo so helpful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    x Tiff (Creator & Editor-In-Chief @ http://HauteMessMag.com)

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  6. I like the Appboxpro. It has a lot of great things in it. I used to us Whats app but stopped using it.

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  7. These are really good apps, so far I've always traveled to a country I really knew but definitely a good list for my future travels.

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  8. I'm sure there are some comparable apps on Windows that you can find! What places will you be traveling to next year?

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  9. These will definitely come in handy in Alaska! I've never been there. That sounds like an awesome adventure!

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  10. Whatsapp was so handy when I was overseas. When I found out about Sit or Squat, I laughed too. I mean, it's silly, but no one wants to use gross bathrooms!

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  11. Yay! I hope these come in handy for your next adventure!

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  12. I've never heard of Appboxpro. I'll have to look it up!

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  13. I hope these will come in handy for your future travels, Nicole!

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  14. Sit or Squat sounds hilarious but also great! I also love XE Currency.

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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  15. I'm headed to Mexico, Jamaica, the Grand Caymans, and Haiti in May/ June, and France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland in October. I have been to most of those countries, so some helpful apps would be awesome!

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  16. These are awesome! :D I already have and love WhatsApp, but I'm definitely gonna have to look into WordLens, Wifi Finder + Sit or Squat (that's such a wonderful name)! Thank you for sharing! :]

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  17. I am amused, and yet relieved, to hear about Sit or Squat.

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  18. I would also add a good navigational app that can save your time and money during your travel. As for me, I prefer Spyglass. It works great when offline, assuming that you pre-download maps that you need. It also have many useful features, such as marking waypoints, saving spots, measuring your speed and distance to the target, sharing locations with friends and much more. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

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  19. What a great post! Will pin for future reference.

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  20. Well, this is perfect. Next time I get a major case of wanderlust and can afford to jet off somewhere fabulous, this will be my go to guide!


    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  21. I'll have to add these apps to my travel packing list when we finally leave the country one day. :-)

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  22. These are great advice. I will definitely download the wifi finder app.

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  23. Haha right?! I laughed when I heard about Sit or Squat. I definitely think currency converters are a necessity when traveling. I know nothing about making conversions.

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  24. Whoever came up with the name Sit or Squat is super creative!

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  25. Yes! They definitely come in handy.

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  26. Yes! The WiFi app is definitely handy.

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  27. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out!

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  28. Omg! That's amazing! I'm so jealous of all of your travels!

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  29. These are great! I will definitely be using these when I travel to Europe! Thanks Tiffany :)

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  30. Yes! I used many of these apps on my European vaca, and they were so handy!

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  31. Holy crap. Sit or Squat is part genius, part hilarious. I love it. I've pinned this for future reference when I go to Italy next summer. Thanks for taking the time to compile it and even more thank you for making it Android-friendly. It's frustrating how almost all app round-ups are iPhone exclusive!

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  32. Right?! I feel like it's necessary during every day life. I LOVE ITALY! Or I should clarify by saying I love Rome, because that's the only part I've been to. Be sure to stop by the beach! It's my happy place. It's gorgeous! I'm so happy you found this helpful! I still have an iPhone, but my boyfriend has an Android, so I try to keep a foot in both worlds.

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  33. I'll bookmark this for my Greece trip on Spring Break!

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  34. Wonderful! I hope these apps come in handy! You'll have to let me know how your visit to Greece goes. I've never been and have always wanted to!

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  35. AH! These are great and will come in handy for our holiday in March. Especially the maps and converter. I recently did a post on my blog about the steps necessary to plan an international vacation if anyone wants more travel tips! | melperkins.com

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  36. Have so much fun on your travels in March! I used my converter so much when I was overseas. I wanted to keep up with my spending, and I'm already so bad at budgeting. I'll definitely be checking out your blog for travel tips! I'm trying to plan an international trip for this year, but budget is definitely a big factor for me.

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