Apps for Smartphones.. the must haves
Below is a list of apps for smartphones that I personally use as I travel around the world (you can hover over the titles for click-able links to each one). I have found that they are all very useful and I have used every one of them since they were downloaded to my Samsung Galaxy S3. Most are absolutely FREE and easy to add to your phone. If you find something useful that is not on this list, please do share it in the comments section! UPDATE: I have upgraded to a Samsung S5 Active which is a great one to have if you travel around water frequently! The apps listed below? Yep. Still using those 🙂
Whatsapp – Free for the first year, then 99 cents after that. This app is great to have to keep in contact with your friends all around the world by sending text, video and photos. This is probably the most used app on my smartphone in regards to keeping in touch with those I know and those I meet along the way.
Babbel – Make the most out of travel and waiting time: With Babbel Mobile you can study vocabulary even on your smartphone or tablet. Speech recognition and basic and advanced vocabularies are integrated. I love this app for my smartphone!! Learn German while riding a train through the Black Forest?!!? Why not!!
Instagram – This app is a beautiful way to share the photos from your travels. With it’s wide range of effects that can be applied to your pictures, it adds a certain personalization and uniqueness to sharing your visual experience with the world.
Skype – I have mixed feelings about this smartphone app as sometimes it works beautifully and other times… well, not so good. However, I do find it useful to have and have used it many times to have real time conversations with people on the other side of the planet from where I am so I definitely recommend it!
Google Translate – Having a translation app on your phone is a great idea for obvious reasons. If you meet someone that you would like to talk to and are lacking the vocabulary in the language needed to communicate, this may help you. Be aware though that not all things translate properly and at times you might find yourself in quite humorous situations when the translations are a bit off. With that said, do have fun learning new languages and attempting to talk with the locals.
Voice Translator– This is another great app to have as it translates spoken words into the language you select. For example, if someone is repeating something to you in a language you don’t understand or speak well, they can say it to your voice translator app and it will convert it to the language you select for either an audio feedback or text reply.
Currency Converter– I find this smartphone app useful to give me an idea of how my money will convert when I am planning to travel to a new country. Also, on occasion I have had to change money at borders with “street dealers” who exchange money for you and it helps to know the rate beforehand to insure you are not being cheated.
Dropbox- This is a great way to store your photos and videos for later organization or for sharing and is also a great backup to have should your camera fail or get left behind on accident or otherwise. When you share your folders (recommended) you are able to earn extra space to store more when your friends also download Dropbox. This is also free to use.