The Best Travel Apps – Feel Like a Local
This is the second installment of a series of articles featuring the best travel apps that will make your international travel smoother, easier and more fun. The first article presented travel planning apps that tell you what to pack for every destination, give you GPS tracking of your luggage, and more.
Here, we spotlight apps that will make you feel like a local while travelling. Know how much everything costs with currency conversion, when and how much to tip, the easiest way to get to places, and more. Better still, these travel apps for iOS and Android devices are easily installed, and most of them are free.
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In this second edition, we showcase 6 essential apps that will make you feel like a local when travelling overseas.
Tip Like a Local – GlobeTipping – Tipping Calculator and Advisor
Tipping is tricky when you don’t know the expectations in a foreign country. What do you leave at a restaurant, bar, in a cab or spa? GlobeTipping (Only Available for iOS) provides tipping guides for over 200 countries and has a handy calculator that factors tips by percentage. It can even split the bill and tip between any number of diners.
Buy Like a Local – XE Currency Converter
XE Currency‘s currency conversion app (Android, iOS) is everything you’ll ever need when you find yourself in need of prices and exchange rates abroad. The app supports just about every national currency used worldwide, with the ability to track up to 10 simultaneously. Rates are regularly updated (you can set the frequency of updates), and best of all, the app stores the rates of currencies you’ve looked up, so that they’re always available offline, even away from Wi-Fi or a mobile connection.
Talk Like a Local – Google Translate
Google Translate (Android, iOS) allows users to type in or dictate short sentences from one language to another. Simply select an input language and an output language and then either type or dictate your message. The app does its magic, presenting you with a translated text, or a short synthesized voice message. In addition, visual translation features have just been added- hold your camera up to text – such as a sign, or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveller.
Access Internet Like a Local – Wi-Fi Map – Passwords for Free Wireless Internet Access in Public Hotstops
With data roaming charges still laughably high in many places, knowing where to find a decent wi-fi hotspot is amazingly handy. No need to charge through the city waving your handset around like a fly-swatter – simply fire up this handy app (Android, iOS) and follow directions to your nearest source of wireless internet. Best of all, the offline mode means you can download maps before you go, thereby dodging a massive bill.
iOS PRO Version – $7.99
Walk Like a Local – HERE Maps – Navigate Easily, Even Offline
Finding your way around a foreign city can be a bit of a challenge, especially if exorbitant roaming data rates keep you from using your favorite mapping application. A good option is HERE Maps (Android, iOS), which provides detailed, turn by turn navigation instructions for more than 1200 towns and cities in more than 100 countries worldwide, which can be downloaded for easy offline use. Even includes indoor maps for select public buildings. While other mapping apps may provide more robust features, HERE Maps’s offline maps and commute directions make it a great option to avoid roaming data fees.
Eat Like a Local – OpenTable – Restaurant Reservations, Worldwide
Use OpenTable (Android, iOS) to discover, explore, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations free and instantly—anytime, anywhere. As the global leader in restaurant reservations, OpenTable’s app helps you discover new restaurants; view menus, reviews, and photos to prepare for your next delicious meal. Extremely fast and convenient. Great presence in the US and Europe.