Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad

Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad



Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad

I use technology despite being from the times when analogue was the only watch and film was the only camera. I am sure there are many of us around who do that. Perhaps how I am different (or so I believe) is that I do so as if it is a second nature. I say that because I have never consciously given it enough thought to ever write about it.

In today’s smartphone era, my iPhone 6 has 101 apps – most seldom used by me (This is not a random number, but an exact count). Some of these mostly-forgotten apps make a prominent appearance during my travels. Today, I’ll talk about 3 such apps!

That is why I call these Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad!

  1. Translate Voice: I was dreading my Moscow visit for a variety of reasons – 1. Most places here have complex, almost unpronounceable names 2. They also have different Russian and English names 3. Most signboards are in Russian 4. Very few Russians know enough English to be able to converse and 5. Even fewer Russians are able to read English. Enter ‘Translate Voice‘, a free app that allowed me to speak in English and translated my speech in Russian and played back to my cab driver, allowed him to respond in Russian, translated his speech to English and played it back to me. All it needed was Wi-Fi (available even in cabs in most developed countries). Use it, talk to anyone in any language and become a truly global citizen!

    Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad
    See the ‘Speaker’ icon (4th from left) in the icons strip? That Activates the speech. To record in English, click the UK flag icon and speak!
  2. Viber: With ‘Location Services’ on, the image I click through Viber (a free app) gives me perfect coordinates of the photographed place and places it on a map. These coordinates are handy when I need to locate the spot and write about it! Besides, Viber also allowed me to talk free through Wi-Fi with people abroad. Do try this doubly useful app!

    Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad
    See the little green circle on the bottom right of the image on the left? That’s the ‘location services on’ icon!
  3. GPSMyCity.Com Maps: These nominally-priced (~$5 per city) walking maps do not need any Wi-Fi connectivity and work on GPS. So, if you have a smartphone with GPSMyCity (click this link for complete list of available maps) map on it, you can explore the city you are visiting without the help of a guide. Not only does it provide you with a description of the landmark, but also provide you with audio directions in the language of your choice. Use these maps to not miss out on any city attraction in future!

    Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad
    You can even create your own ‘Custom Walk’ in these maps!

I am sure you’ll also start referring to these as Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad! Please note that the links provided are for iPhone App Store though these apps are also available for Android!

If you also use some interesting apps that may be useful for a frequent traveller like me, please leave a link in the comments section and I’ll consider adding those to this post with a credit to you! 

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