Traveling to a new place on a work trip or just to see what the world has to offer? Chances are, this foreign place won’t be exactly like America. And if that’s the case, you may need a little help to get you through the cultural differences. Why not make the most of today’s technology, and check out what great apps are on the market to help you get the most out of your out-of-country endeavor?
Many of the popular airlines today, including Southwest, American, and United, have apps that you can download before your trip that you can use to check if your flight is on time, and your loved ones can use to track your flight while you’re on it to ensure it’s on due course. In addition, many of the big airports nowadays have apps to see what types of fast food places are inside, what gate your plane will be at, and much more. Be sure to check out the appropriate flight apps if you’ll be flying somewhere on your trip.
If you’re leaving the country, chances are that your wad of American dollars will do you little to no good when you’re trying to purchase a souvenir or pick up a little something to eat. Try the XE Currency Exchange App, which is available for both Android and iOS platforms, to quickly and easily see how much money you’ll need for whatever it is you’re looking to buy in foreign currency. Also use the app to search for nearby currency exchange locations at which you can trade out your American money for something a little more useful in whatever country you’re in.
Yelp is a fantastic resource if you are traveling in the United States or western countries such as Canada or the UK. This app/ website gives you recommendations for places that are nearby for restaurants, stores, and vendors and also offers ratings for you to get a good sense of whether it is reliable to go somewhere to get food or materials or whatever else you may need. Businesses can’t delete reviews, so both good and bad reviews written by customers are displayed for you to get a good idea of what’s safe to use and what isn’t.
Much like Yelp, TripAdvisor provides advice and information on surrounding hotels, flights, and vacation rentals that everyone needs for a successful trip. You can use this app both before and during your trip to see where you’ll want to stay, where you’ll want to eat, how you’ll want to transport, and much more. With people just like you writing reviews, you’ll be sure to get exactly what you want out of your travel time.
Let’s face it: as much as we’d all like to pretend that we speak fluent Spanish from the two years we took in high school, it isn’t practical to expect to travel to a Spanish speaking country and effectively use your language skills to interpret the natives’ speedy tongue. When you need help, don’t be afraid to turn to trusty Google Translate to get you out of a sticky situation. This app is great; all you have to do is type in something and it will translate it for you, from any language to any language. No fear, Google Translate is here!