Whether you are an individual on a long weekend at the beach or leading a group of 50 students on a two-month trek across Europe, traveling comes with a common set of difficulties and inconveniences from being on the road.
Modern mobile technology provides us all with an ever expanding toolkit, in the form of apps, that allows us to deal with needs as they arise and better cope with the demands of travel. However, both the iTunes store and Google Play are awash with mobile apps of all types, so how do you find the right tools to service needs you may not even know you had?
With our help of course!
Below you will find 9 mobile applications that we recommend for any traveler. This is by no means a complete list and we would love to hear your suggestions on others. So please feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section at the end of the article.
9 Great Mobile Apps for Travelers
TripIt is the world’s easiest way to organize and share your travel plans.
No more searching through your inbox to find your airline reservation. No more scrambling to get directions to your hotel. No more worrying about what time your business dinner starts. With TripIt, everything you need to get you where you’re going and back again is at your fingertips.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform messenger available for Android and all other smartphones. The application uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to receive messages from friends, colleagues and family. Forget SMS and send messages, pictures, audio notes and video for free. No more outrageous fees just to keep in contact outside your normal coverage area.
MasterCard ATM Hunter makes it fast and easy for you to locate the closest ATM location. And because the ATM Hunter is location aware, there’s no need to input your address or current location, no matter where in the world you are.
The ATM Hunter lets you tailor your search on what you want to do. If you need to make a deposit or want to use your own bank to avoid fees, you can search for your specific bank’s ATMs. If you just need to pick up some cash, you can search for all nearby ATM locations.
PocketMoney is powerful and easy to use personal finance software, helps you control your cash, you can see what you’re worth, and helps to improve the stability of your finances.
You start by entering all your income and expenses at the time spent in a multitude of available accounts such as credit cards, savings accounts, and checking accounts. Transactions can be divided into many categories, transferred between various accounts and programs can also be repeated on preset dates.
Word Lens translates printed words from one language to another with your smartphone’s video camera, in real time. No network connection needed! This app can be a lifesaver when your reading language skills aren’t up to the task.
MediBabble is a free, professional-grade medical translation tool. MediBabble is a robust history-taking and examination application designed to improve the safety, efficiency, and overall quality of care for non-English speaking patients. A timely and accurate history is the cornerstone of medical diagnosis and treatment; the relative difficulty of obtaining one with non-English speakers is a significant barrier to care.
My Life Record allows you to maintain, view and organize your medical records on your Android device!
Add your official medical records from all of your doctors by just touching your screen. True authenticated copies of your medical record, exactly as they are in your medical file. Share your ultrasound movies, xray images and more with your family by touching an icon on your screen. Instant sharing of your medical records with your doctor – no more waiting for healthcare records to get to where you need them!
AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi, showing you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you selected as well as the distance from where you are.
FoodSpotting is a great app for finding and recommending great dishes, not just restaurants. It makes finding good food as easy as looking in a bakery window. Search by location or just by what you are craving. You can spot and recommend the dishes you love as easily as snapping a photo and giving it a blue ribbon. After all, even a one-star restaurant can have a great dish.
We would love to hear your experiences with these and other mobile applications that you love or hate. So drop us a comment below and be heard!