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18 Apps You Need For Your Next Trip Abroad

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It’s no secret that technology is revolutionizing the way we travel. Gone are the days of fold-up maps, insurmountable language barriers and keeping a paper trail of your expenses. Nowadays there’s an app for almost anything imaginable and making sure you’ve downloaded the right ones is just as important as packing your case.

Whether you’re searching for the nearest bar, some local friends or a solution for jet lag, your smart phone is there to help. To help you prepare and your journey run smoothly, we’ve put together a list of our favourite apps. Oh, and the best part; most of them are free!

 

keeping in contact with friends and family from abroad1. Trip Advisor

When it comes to choosing good hotels, tours and restaurants, there’s no better tool than Trip Advisor. This trusted brand contains unbiased reviews and ratings for millions of attractions, hotels and restaurants around the world to help you make an informed decision on your travel bookings. It’s available as both a website and mobile app, so finding reviews is only ever a tap away!

Price: Free

Available on: Web, iOS, Android

 

2. Cocoon

When travelling abroad, it’s important you protect your internet security – particularly when it comes to checking your bank accounts and entering important passwords. This free internet browser offers just that and is an invaluable tool for anyone travelling abroad. Cocoon is a cloud-based browser that provides anti-virus protection, proxies and encryption to keep you safe whilst browsing. It also acts as a VPN, meaning you can search on Google, watch Netflix or access social sites like Facebook and Instagram no matter where you are – even better for anyone going to China!

Price: Free

Available on: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10, Mac OS X 10.9 or Newer

 

useful running apps3. RunGo

Try as we might, sticking to a regular exercise regime when we’re away isn’t always easy, especially in a large, pedestrian unfriendly city. That’s where RunGo comes in; this route mapping app contains hundreds of runner-friendly trails in towns and cities around the world. With a voice navigation feature and an offline map setting, you won’t need to worry about getting lost or losing connection. Just download the app, find a route and take to the roads! You can even record and share your routes with your friends and mark your favourites for next time. No excuses!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

 

4. Maps.Me

map apps for going abroad

Though WiFi is almost everywhere nowadays, it’s not always where you need it – especially when you’re on the move. Maps.Me is a mobile app that provides detailed offline maps for locations across the world. Simply download the country and city you need to navigate whilst connected to WiFi and use it to find your way around when you’re not! The app allows you to search, enter a route and bookmark locations – all offline! With Maps.Me you’ll never get lost!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

5. Packpoint

Whether you’re an organised or unorganised kind of traveller, Packpoint is a must-download app to help you prepare for your trip. Its user-friendly interface allows you to simply enter your destination and travel dates and select the activities you plan to do. It then creates a suggested packing list based on the information you provided, which you can edit to suit your needs. If you’re travelling with a friend, you can send the Packpoint generated packing list via email or text, so no one will forget a thing! If you need any extra guidance on what to pack, check out our internship packing list article

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

translation apps for travel abroad6. SayHi Translate

Unless you’re a polyglot, you’re likely to face a language barrier or two during your travels, and if you’re in Asia this barrier is likely to be more challenging than most. Luckily, this useful translation app comes to the rescue with its simple, yet highly accurate conversational translation tool. Just speak into your iPhone or iPad, and SayHi Translate will speak it back to you in your desired language. With a portfolio of over 90 languages and dialects from around the world, you no longer need to worry about being understood through wild hand gestures and frantic pointing.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android, Amazon Store

 

 

7. Entrain

claiming compensation on delayed flights

If you’ve travelled across 2 or more time zones, you’ll know just how exhausting and disruptive jet lag can be. If you’re the kind of person who suffers badly, or if you haven’t got much time to adjust before starting your internship abroad, you’ll be pleased to know Entrain is here to help! Built by mathematicians, the app is designed to quickly help your body clock adjust to your new time zone by instructing you when to expose yourself to light. The maths might sound complicated, but fortunately the app isn’t; its easy interface makes it simple for you to navigate, even in your drowsy state!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

8. AirHelp

No matter which airline you choose to fly with, there's always a risk of delays or cancellations. Minimise the stress and frustration they can cause with AirHelp, a mobile app that submits and fights a compensation claim on your behalf. Simply enter your flight details and let AirHelp do the rest. The company operates on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, and if your claim is successful, they’ll send compensation straight to your account minus a small service fee.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

meet people abroad

9. Meet Up

Launched in 2002, MeetUp has been facilitating people getting together and sharing their common interests for over 10 years. Available as both a website and an app, the platform allows users to sign up, enter their desired location and select the types of groups they’re interested in. Groups range from language exchanges and sports groups to cooking classes and go-working sessions, and they can be found all over the world. Simply enter your details and get looking for a group you’re interested in – a great way to meet like-minded people abroad!

Price: Free

Available on: Web, iOS and Android

 

10. AccuWeather

No one likes being caught off guard by the weather, especially when you’re about to go on a long-awaited trip. AccuWeather is a reliable and frequently updated weather app that will help you prepare for the best (and the worst) weather days. It’s available in more than 100 different languages and provides weather reports for almost anywhere imaginable.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

11. SitOrSquat

For those times when nature calls and there’s no restroom in sight, you’ll be thankful you downloaded SitOrSquat. This useful app maps and rates the cleanliness of all nearby public bathrooms, helping you avoid a frantic search and get on with your adventure. This is particularly useful in big cities, where public restrooms can be few and far between. 

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Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

12. Triposo

Triposo uses a cutting edge artificial intelligence platform to sift through the web to find the best places to visit, eat, drink and more in cities across the world. It brings together the highest quality information on different destinations to provide an invaluable mobile travel resource. To make life even easier for you, the app allows you to create a bucket list and book hotels, restaurants and tours for your trip. It keeps your reservation information all in one place to ensure you never have that last-minute scramble looking for it!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

13. Like a Local

If you’re anything like us at Intern Asia, you’ll enjoy getting off the beaten track, even in the biggest, most touristy of cities. This isn’t always easy to do when you aren’t familiar with your destination, so if you are hoping to explore the road less ventured, Like a Local is your answer. The website and mobile app contain tips and information added by locals who love their cities, to help you find authentic local experiences like traditional dinners, neighbourhood walks, nights out and more!

Price: Free

Available on: Web, iOS

 

keep track of your expenses abroad14. Trail Wallet

When abroad, it can be difficult to keep track of how much you’re spending and where your money is going. That’s where Trail Wallet comes in; this easy-to-use app allows you to set yourself a daily budget, organise your expenses, and add your spending as you go. At the end of the day, week or month you’ll be able to see how you’re doing in comparison to your budget, and if you’re over it will show you why! Download Trail Wallet and you no longer need to worry about keeping track of receipts, remembering costs or maintaining spreadsheets; just enter it on your phone!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

 

15. XE Currency

Keeping track of currency can be difficult if you’re not familiar with it. To avoid having to attempt on-the-spot mental arithmetic, download XE Currency, a mobile app that gives you access to live exchange rates for multiple currencies. The app contains accurate, up-to-date data for every world currency, and it even works offline. Download up to 6 world currencies at a time and enter the amount you wish to convert. It couldn’t be easier!

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows

 

16. Circa

Calculating and keeping track of time differences between you and your family/friends always causes confusion and results in many missed Skype calls. Make sure time difference isn’t an excuse when trying to catch up with Circa, an app that allows you to keep track of time across multiple time zones at once. This tool allows you to easily identify the best time to chat to friends and family across the world without having to wrap your head around the maths.

Price: $3.99

Available on: iOS and Android

 

17. DuoLingo

If you’re the organised and determined kind of traveller who likes to pick up and use a few local phrases during your trip, you’ll want to download DuoLingo. Also available online, DuoLingo makes language learning fun and interactive through games, motivational symbols and grading. It’s currently available in 15 different languages and allows you to learn as little or as often as you like. The perfect way to prepare!

tricount app

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

 

18. TriCount

When travelling in a group it’s often easier to pay a bill together, meaning someone always has to take the hit. Rather than trusting someone to do the calculation, or trying to remember if so-and-so paid you back, download TriCount to do it for you. This innovative app helps you keep track of who owes you what, divide bills accurately and share the data with your friends. As the guys at TriCount say; ‘Split your bills, not your group!’.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

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