Helpful Travel Apps
The Apps We UseUsing apps can make travelling so much easier. When you’re on the go and are used to mobile information there is no need to forgo it just because you are in another country. A bit of forward planning makes a huge amount of difference.
First of all we are firm believers in having a good mobile phone and a good iPad or similar.
This is helpful as you can download apps for all sorts of things, and carry the info with you.
When you have a pocket mobile wifi with you as well you are good to go. Anywhere there is a signal you can be on the internet at a local price.
The first app we have on our phone and iPad is CheapOair. This is the best we have found for booking flights. It works with 1000’s of airlines and travel agents all over the world, and is quick and cheap. Their service is free, and they offer flights, hotels, cars, and packages. They have a price comparison to find you the best deal 3 days either side and we have our itinerary at our fingertips.
The other app which is up there is TripAdvisor. This means we have our itinerary at our fingertips. And we have info about our hotels, things to do, flights, restaurants, and alerts. They are the go to for reviews, honest opinions and real traveller advice, and we always check what their reviews say. It is indispensable for restaurant info and things to do.
We always have Line, WhatsApp, Voxer, and Viber on our phone. These are really helpful communication apps. You never know when you may want to use them to call someone through them, its free anywhere in the world. And they are useful for adding local people you wish to keep in contact with. Facebook Messenger is another version of this free calling way of staying in touch round the globe. All these need to be online at the time you use them, this is why its good to have a pocket wifi.
eWallet is a REALLY secure app for holding any information you want to keep on your phone or iPad and don’t want anyone to see it or get to it. It is encrypted very securely. Its used offline, we never use it online.
Xe currency converter allows for 10 currencies to be stored and will live update to the current rates when used near wifi or on the internet. Its really reliable and means you can convert from your own currency, through USD to MMK ( Burmese Kyat) and will show you other rates at the same time. Can be used off line and will update the rates each time you are online.
Trip It gives you a compiled itinerary for all your flights, hotels, hire cars, activities etc. It does this by going through your incoming emails and adds them to your travel plans with all the relevant info and data. Can be used offline.
Language and Translation
Google Translate is a great app. Key in the phrase, or speak it or even take a photo of what you want to translate. Sometimes the photo words aren’t completely right but its near enough.Because the words are there in their language you can show them what you want to say. Good for the Burmese written word as it comes onto the screen in their language and script. Can be used offline.
Trail Wallet is for the ones who want to keep track of what they spend and where the money goes.You can set your own budget, daily or monthly. Your spending is tracked in local currency and your home currency as well so you can check on whats happening instantly. The full version is $5 from the app store. or test drive it with the first 25 items for free. Can be used offline.
Data and Image Backup
Evernote, and Dropbox are all ways to save info on the go for later use. We use Evernote and Dropbox. These can both be used offline, and they sync when you next go online to them.Upgrade your iCloud account for more storage to ensure you can fit all those new images and videos on your phone.
Maps Me is for all those who love to have a map and know where they have been and where they are going. You can download the MapsMe info and use it showing the route, or without. No matter what country you’re in it : Can be used offline..