Travel Planning Guide
All you need to know and do before traveling

Apps For Your Phone

Essentials

The essential apps for your phone are:

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.

Maps.me App

For currency conversion use XE (Android Apple Free)

XE App

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.

Skype App

Other Apps

Moovit (Android Apple Free) is a good help for getting around by public transportation. You'll need a data plan or wifi.

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.

Snapseed (Android Apple Free) is the best tool to edit and improve photos before sharing with family and friends. Snapseed Tutorial.

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.

Other

Before you go, you should learn: