It took a hilarious incident involving my husband, and a large boiled cabbage to make us admit that we really could use a translator to help us get by on a trip to Thailand. How could we hope to live like the locals if we couldn’t communicate? Thanks to technology, we can have everything in the palm of our hands. When we travel, we look for the off beat excursions, try to find the best pubs and cafes and of course, we want to bargain at the markets like a pro. Who doesn’t love a good deal? Now, not all of us are linguists or good at mental math, or directions, so apps are a virtual godsend, for me at least.
Before you embark on your next vacation, be sure to download the following apps and take your holiday to the next level. Don’t end up with a boiled cabbage on your plate instead of chicken.
This app makes learning a new language fun and easy too. There are so many languages to choose from, you can try it for fun even if you’re not travelling. Download it before your holiday, so you can start learning the basics of the languages spoken in your destination of choice. Soon you’ll be able to real food labels, street signs and even speak the language too. Just in time for the trip. This app is great to get kids interested in the language and country you are visiting.
Don’t have time or the inclination to learn a new language? Worry not. Google Translate will save the day! It can translate text, audio and spoken language too.
This app was a blessing in disguise in Bali, where all the price tags quoted lakhs and millions of Indonesian Rupiah. Prevent a price heart attack by using this app to instantly convert prices into your own home currency and realize that stuff is actually super cheap in Bali! Shop to your heart’s content without letting the budget get away from you.
Europe is so well connected by their railways that it’s a great option to explore multiple countries via this mode of transport. Choose the scenic route or the super fast option, and make use of every minute of your valuable time. Plan your train routes and get timetables for trains across Europe with their cool and easy to use app.
City guide apps
An audio guide app that gives you cues for interesting info when you pass by a monument or place of interest at your destination. A virtual tour guide to the hidden gems and trails off the beaten path in about 150 cities and tourist destinations.
You’ll never get lost in the by-lanes of the city you’re discovering if you have google maps on hand. It’s actually taken us through quite a few interesting and unheard of routes where we ended up discovering great local treats not covered by a tour guide.
Field trip is an app that runs in the background and pings you whenever you pass a place of interest. Their little info cards give you insights into places with historical significance, leads you to the best places to eat, good pubs and the best deals for shopping as well.
Whatsapp/ Facebook messenger
Its not always easy or practical to get a local sim card for a short trip. Make use of the free wifi at cafe’s and hotels to stay in touch with family, your fellow travelers, and keep your Instagram followers updated and envious of your gorgeous holiday.
So there you go! Equip your smartphone with these apps and you will definitely get the best out of whatever destination you’re vacationing in. The best part is, its all FREE!