My iphone is more than just a communication device. It is also my alarm clock, camera, and personal travel assistant. These six apps are my go-to's when travelling.
1) City Maps 2 Go >> Travel Guide and Offline Map
This app is incredibly handy when travelling to a city where you won't have data. The city maps are incredibly detailed and, once downloaded, work without Wi Fi. There is also a GPS tracker on the map to show exactly where you are. You can also customize them in advance with what you would like to show up.
I booked all of my flights in Europe last year through this app. It researches all the cheapest flights from any city and you can change the currency to what you're most familiar with. You can also set a budget when you search, for example I often searched "flights under $25" and found plenty! There is also the option of adding your destination as "anywhere." On more than one occasion, I did this and ended up in great locations, like last year when I went to Basel, Switzerland for my 22nd birthday.
Ever since I moved abroad, I've used this app to communicate with friends and family back home. It's just like texting and calling!
This app is a great way to back up all your travel photos and you can also download it to your computer.
5) XE Currency Converter
I still use this when making purchases above a certain number in Icelandic Krona. Plus, do you have any idea how Czech Koruna, Hungarian Forint, Turkish Lira Croatian Kuna, or Swedish Krona work? I had no idea either and this app came in handy! All you do is type in your currency (When I lived in England I used £, now I use $) and it will convert into another currency.
6) Dgrees- Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter
No, "Dgrees" isn't a typo. Okay, this is only relevant if you are an American and no matter how hard you try, you can never remember how to properly convert Fahrenheit to Celsius! When I first visited Iceland last year, there were signs saying the temperature of the geysers in Celsius. My European, Australian, and Canadian travelling companions were wowing about the temperature. Seeing 80-100 degrees, I said, "Yes, that's hot." Then, I got back on the bus, punched the numbers into my phone, and converted it to Fahrenheit, saw that it was 212 degrees, and shouted, "Whoa, that geyser temperature is insane!" Everyone politely nodded because they had figured that out a half hour earlier, without needing to convert it!
Which apps are your travel must-haves?
Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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