5 Travel Apps When Out of Town

Friday, October 25, 2013 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

I’m always downloading apps, whether they’re games, reading apps, or travel apps that help make travelling easier and more convenient. I have to confess that I am somewhat of a nervous traveller!

While I understand the merits of going outside one’s comfort zone, I always find things to worry about beforehand. Will everything be all right at home? Will I be safe on the trip? These questions chase themselves around my head the entire time until I walk through my front door at home at the end of the trip. I know, I sound like a worrywart!

“Oh no, have I lost my way again?!?”

But recently, I’ve realized that many of these worries can be resolved if I use my smartphone. (My mom gave me a Blackberry Z10 which I have found to be immensely helpful in helping me stay in touch with people at home and with clients while I’m away.)

Just like my other smartphones and gadgets, my new BB helps me stay organized on the go (because, yes, I can be very disorganized). For just the Blackberry Z10 price, I can have all of that anxiety melt away. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind!

5 Travel Apps You Should Have on Your Smartphone

If you don’t have travel apps on your phone, you’re not exactly maximizing your gadget’s potential, are you? You might want to try these five travel apps – you can use them to stay calm and collected while travelling, just in case you’re a nail-biting traveller like me!

Travel App #1: TripIt

I have an uncle who now lives in the U.S. and he came to visit just a few months ago. He’s in his seventies, but he’s a techie! He has several apps on his phone that help him manage his tasks.

I couldn’t help but think that the travel app Tripit would have been an awesome app for him. If you’re the type to worry once you book a flight, TripIt might help.

Will I lose the print-out of my ticket? What if I get the time of the flight wrong and miss my flight and have to buy a whole new ticket? If these questions bug you, you can just upload your entire itinerary from your email onto your TripIt app and have everything stored in your phone!

Whenever you want, you can just click on the flight, hotel reservation, or car rental and have the confirmation code when you need it. It’s so much easier than carrying around a folder full of print-outs, yes? The app will also let you know if your flight has been delayed or canceled.

Travel App #2:Google Maps

Google Maps

I have a confession to make: I get lost easily. I once had to attend an event at 9th avenue but thought it was on 5th! I forget addresses easily and tend to arrive late for events because I spend 30 minutes trying to find my way.

I know, I have it bad! Once I arrive in a new place, then there’s a whole new set of worries about how I’m going to find my way around. I don’t have the greatest sense of direction and used to get lost all the time.

But with Google Maps, I can’t just see maps from anywhere in the world, but I can also see my exact location and get directions to my destination. If you belong on the “lost and found” section of your community board (just like me!), it’s Google Maps to the rescue!

Travel App #3: Zagat

Do you ever feel a little anxious about trying new food? This app offers official Zagat reviews of restaurants so you always know what you’re getting!

If you find yourself in a foreign country, you can always find a good place to eat if you use Zagat. After all, enjoying local food is one big part of of enjoying travel! If you’re addicted to cronuts, for instance, you can find your way to authentic ones when you happen to be in New York.

Travel App #4: Talking Translator

":No habla Ingles!” I can just imagine how much I would palpitate if I asked for directions in a foreign country and that’s the response I get! But then, there’s Talking Translator, a great travel app that translates words and sentences for you.

When you need to get some help with a foreign language, you can use this helpful app to translate. It will translate audio into English, so you never have to struggle with understanding the news or an announcement on an airplane. (For text, you can use Google Translate!)

Travel App #2: XE Currency Converter

You can use this free app to convert between multiple currencies as well as get the current exchange rates. It definitely makes life easier when you’re trying to figure out how much budget you have left for a Hermes scarf! Winking smile

These are just a few of the travel apps that can help anxious travellers keep it together. Do you have any others on your phone that you might want to share with jittery travellers like myself? Do us all a favor; leave a note in the comments below!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.