In the smartphone age, we use apps to make our everyday lives easier – and traveling is no exception. Here are five apps that may prove helpful to travelers taking their sabbatical.
This car-service app has already taken the world by storm, as many have called Uber the fastest growing company in the world. It’s likely that you have used Uber even while at home, but in case you haven’t, here’s the scoop: open the app, order a car, receive a text when your vehicle has arrived, and get billed by credit card at the end of the ride. As Uber continues to expand to countries around the globe, it is quickly becoming the best way to navigate whatever city you find yourself in. (available on Android and iOS)
2. Air Sharing
When you’re on the go, it can sometimes be difficult to access and edit documents or files from your phone. Air Sharing essentially partitions part of your mobile device into a wireless hard drive. Connect to other computers via wifi, transfer files to and from your phone, and store email attachments in an easy-to-access folder space. (available on iOS)
This social networking tool ensures that you’ll never unknowingly stop at a bad restaurant again. FourSquare offers a directory of user reviews and tips for local businesses, restaurants, and more. You can also leave your own comments to share your experience with future FourSquarers; use it often enough and you may save, as many businesses offer discounts and special offers to frequent participants. (available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone)
4. Word Lens
A must-have if you’ll be staying in a foreign country. Word Lens uses your device’s camera to scan and translate text on surfaces such as signs and menus. The translation is provided in real-time and doesn’t require an Internet signal, which truly makes this app one of those technological breakthroughs that will make you feel like you’re living in the distant future. Covered language packs include English, French, Italian, Russian, German, and Portuguese. (available on Android and iOS)
Many people would say that this is more of a social app – and that’s exactly the point. With over 300 million users worldwide, Instagram can be a great resource to see what’s going on in your area and other locations you plan on visiting. Beyond the treat of getting to see different perspectives through a lens that can often be captivating and inspiring, many users also leave comments that provide tips and insight about places to go and things to do. They say a picture is worth a thousand words – spend just a few minutes on Instagram, and you’ll have a veritable novel! (available on Android and iOS)