Apps For Your Phone
The essential apps for your phone are:
- An offline-map
- A currency converter
- A phrasebook
The best offline-map app is Maps.me (Android Apple Free). Even if you'll have a data plan available to use traditional apps like Google Maps, it's still a good idea to download an offline-map just in case.
For phrasebooks, just search the app store in your phone: language phrasebook. You'll get many results, some free, some paid. As quality varies greatly and things change constantly I cannot recommend a particular app. Download a few and keep the one you like best.
You can keep in touch with your family and friends for free, but to call your bank or insurer you'll need Skype (Android Appple). Put some credits before you leave. If you didn't put credit before you left and now need to call your bank because all your credit cards were stolen, now you have two problems, not one.
City guides and related guides are available. If you search for the city name you're going to visit in the app store you'll probably get quite a few apps. Quality varies. Usually include apps with list of main attractions and public transportation network maps. Download a few and keep the ones you like best.
Major travel-related sites (airlines, booking sites, hotel chains etc) will have a mobile app. Usually it will be easier and faster to use the apps than the mobile websites.
Before you go, you should learn:
- To disable data, if you'll be roaming to avoid costly surprises
- To change the timezone, if your phone doesn't adjust automatically
- To use the world clock function, so you can see the local time, time back at home, and the time at future destinations