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World’s Most Helpful Types of Travel Apps

World's Most Helpful Types of Travel Apps

We work hard saving and planning for our vacations so here is something super easy that you can do to ensure a great vacation.  One thing is for sure and that is I always have my cell phone with me.  I take it everywhere I go.  It sure makes my life easier.  I highly recommend getting your cell phone ready before you leave for your trip.  One of my tips is to download helpful phone apps before you leave so you don’t have to worry about anything but having fun on your trip.

What is an app?

Cell phone apps also known as mobile apps are self contained programs which run on your phone.  The word app refers to application and in this case it is a software application.  Every time you read and email or access the internet on your phone you are using an app.  Apps can be downloaded and accessed directly on your phone.

The following are the types of travel apps you should look into.  You can find many free apps and most apps are less than $5.00.

Flight Notification

Flight apps have the ability to alert you about your flight, crowds and delays.  Some even have the ability to check and reserve your seat.

Language Translation

Very handy and helpful.  You can find an app for any language.

Maps

There’s no reason to get lost with a variety of local maps at your fingertips.  There are maps that alert you about the traffic and ones that provide you with local bus or subway travel information.  There are even very specific maps which can look up where to get gas, nearest restaurant, etc.

Daily Budget

Stay organized, track, save and submit travel expenses.  Create a budget and track your spending while you are traveling.

Currency Converter

Useful for time and accuracy.  Also great for comparing prices and seeing if your purchase is a good deal.

Weather

Check your local forecast and know what to take and what to wear.

Wifi Finder

Access hot Wifi spots in remote areas all around the world.  Some will even connect you automatically.

Backup and Security

There are apps that regularly back up your phones data and lets you acces it in the cloud.  Security apps scan your device for scams and malware.  Some also allow you to track your device via the web.

Health and Emergency

You never know when you might need medical attention or advice.  There are apps which give quick assistance on how to navigate though medical situations.  You can even create a personalized medical profile with insurance providers, emergency contacts and medications.

Another type of emergency situation detects your location and immediately pulls up access to local police, fire and hospitals.

Photo

Share and edit your photos.

Music

Create lists, play songs or tune in to your favorite station

Book Readers

Instantly download a book or a magazine through 3G or WiFi connections.

What are your favorite apps to use while traveling?

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“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” Dr. Seuss

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” Groucho Marx

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”  Gordon B. Hinckley

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” Ray Bradbury

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9 Best Ways to Prepare Your Cell Phone Before Traveling

9 Best Ways to Prepare Your Cell Phone Before Traveling

Congratulations on your upcoming trip because the word recharge shouldn’t only apply to your cell phone.  Here are some great tips to ensure you have a great vacation.  These tips are geared specifically for your cell phone.  I know I’m never without one and can’t imagine being on vacation without one.

Check Your Phone Plan

First figure out the fine print on your phone plan to make sure you will have coverage at your destination.  If you don’t have coverage you can rent one locally.  Also make sure you understand any fees and charges that might be applied when calling to and from non local places.

Turn Off Data Roaming

In your phones settings turn off data roaming to avoid excess data fees.  Some programs are set for automatic downloads and updates which might cost you a lot of money depending on your plan.

Download Helpful Apps

Before you leave download any apps that might be useful to you.  Some really helpful one are: flight notification apps, map apps, itinerary apps, language translation apps, gas finder apps, daily budget apps, currency converter and weather apps.

Back Up Your Contacts

You should back up your phone contacts even when not traveling.  Apple phones can do automated backups to the cloud or itunes.  Android users can use Google for automated backups.  If you prefer you can also back them up manually.

Set Up Hot Spot Wifi

In your setting be sure to enable your WiFi to jump on free signals so you will be able to check email or use the internet.

Pack Phone Accessories

Make sure you pack your phone accessories in your carrying case and not your luggage.  Bring your earpiece, chargers, portable chargers, batteries, sturdy case, waterproof case, tripod, speakers, headphones, memory card, adapter, converter, etc.

 

Program Important Phone Numbers

Program important phone numbers so you have them on hand in case you need them.  Some important phone numbers are the numbers of your airline and direct number of your hotel.

Create a Back Up Using Your Camera Phone

You can use your camera phone to snap photos of important documents like your passport, license and id.  You can also snap photos of the contents of your carryon bag and luggage.  Snap photos of signs to help you remember where you parked or where you are going.

Download Books and Movies

Before you leave make sure download some entertainment like your favorite books and movies.  They will be useful in case you are stuck somewhere or it rains.

This is my top list of things I must do to prepare my cell phone before I travel.

Did I miss something?  Do you have any other tips to add?

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 “The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand time smaller than the one computer at MIT in 1965.” Stephen Hawking

 “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.”  Oprah Winfrey

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”  Milton Berle

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