Whether your ideal Spring Break getaway involves lying on a beach sipping mojitos in Mexico or trekking through the rainforests of Indonesia (or something closer to home!), daydreaming about your next vacation is often the only way to get through a hectic work day. While we’d all like to believe that our next vacation will be stress-free, the reality is that traveling can be just as stressful as our day jobs. Fortunately, app developers have once again swooped in to save the day and simplified the complications of travel.
There’s quite literally an app for every travel need including translation, itinerary planning, expense splitting, currency conversion, and public transportation. Ensure your next vacation provides the relaxation you’ve desperately been craving by downloading these helpful travel apps before you jet off to paradise.
Roadtrippers is the nation’s fastest-growing web and mobile travel planning platform, with over 5.5 million trips booked to-date. They offer unique content covers the wonderful “off the beaten path” places to visit along with a database that contains millions of the world’s most interesting locations. Roadtrippers helps people discover the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process. The web and mobile applications are free to use.
If your next trip entails traveling to a place where you don’t speak the language, a translation app is absolutely essential. Google Translate is the top translation app out there. It allows you to translate commonly used words and phrases by typing them into the app and has the added bonus of utilizing your smartphone camera for instant translations. Simply select the camera function within the app and hover over text to instantly translate without the inconvenience of entering text by hand. Take it from an avid traveler, that this camera function is an absolute lifesaver, especially at restaurants!
Download this app before your school or work break, and you’ll feel like you have a travel agent in your pocket. Simply forward your confirmation emails to the app, and it will pull together all of your flights, hotels, events, and travel information into a single itinerary. Once created, you can even share your itinerary with your travel companions so that everyone is in the loop. For the detailed orientated traveler, or those traveling in large groups, this app is an absolute blessing!
There’s no denying that when traveling with other families, keeping track of costs and how to split them evenly is the worst. Thankfully, the developers of Splittr have made splitting the bill easier than ever. All you have to do is enter trip expenses and who paid for what and the app does the rest. This app is ideal for multi-destination trips as it supports all currencies and even does the conversion for you. So, instead of manically crunching numbers at the end of your trip to see who owes what, you can simply generate a PDF within the app and easily send it to all of your travel companions.
It’s always important to keep in mind how much money you are spending, especially when using foreign currency. Admittedly, it can be difficult to do the mental math each time a purchase is made, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup. XE Currency is a free currency conversion app that supports all currencies. The best part about this app is that it works offline. So, even if you don’t have a data plan or wifi connection you can still check how much money you’re spending on that extra large latte.
Unless you’re the Rockefeller’s, you’ll likely be using some form of public transport during Spring Break. It’s no secret that trying to navigate a foreign transit system can be an absolute headache. Fortunately, there are a few apps that can make getting around a whole lot easier. DB Navigator will help you get around all of continental Europe, while Trainline will guide you seamlessly around the UK. Both apps provide users with mobile tickets, real-time travel information, delay notifications, and personal trip details. With these handy apps in your pocket navigating through unknown transit lines is easier than ever, plus you’ll look less like a tourist referring to your phone for guidance instead of a huge transit map.
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.