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The Best Travel Companions are Apps

Traveling can be the time for adventure, new experiences, but it can also be marred by extreme frustrations if you fail to properly prepare. When you think about how you can make your travel less stressful, think “There’s an app for that.” The following list of travel apps is designed to help you make the most of your travels.

Google Translate

No matter where you are, Google Translate will have you speaking the language of the land. Available for both Android and iOS devices, the Google Translate app is almost identical to the Google Translate web service. With this app, you are able to simply speak words in any language, and have the app convert it to the language you choose.


One of the best aspects of traveling is the sampling of various foods. Ubranspoon makes this possible with its simple and highly intuitive interface. You can search restaurants based on price range, location, or type of food, and shake the device for a list of restaurants matching your filter. This app is also available for both iOS and Android devices.


No matter where you travel, one variable is always present, the weather. Although you cannot change the weather, you can at least be prepared for it. With the AccuWeather app, again for Android and iOS devices, you can add several locations to your trip itinerary, so you can monitor the weather in your place of departure and destination. In addition, this app lets you view the next day’s forecast with hourly updates.


With the TripAdvisor app, you can plan the perfect trip with the help of millions of friends through user reviews from various places, which is one of the best features of this app. It also features several practical uses from finding lodging accommodations to searching for available flights. With the “Live View” feature, you are able to view locations through augmented reality. Available on both Android and iOS devices, TripAdvisor is a must-have for you next venture.


The AroundMe app is a genius piece of software that makes you aware of all of the points of interest located near you. With either your iOS or Android device, you can browse categories, such as cafes, hotels, restaurants, shopping venues, etc. A really cool thing is the augmented reality feature which uses your phone’s camera to overlay markers over locations.


Expensify is a popular finance organizer app used to help you track your transactions and purchases. You can even sync the app with your bank accounts and credit cards to truly have interactive control. Expensify uses your phone’s camera to double as a receipt scanner, which can convert the images into a PDF file for quick use. As one of the top apps for business travelers, Expensify is available for both iOS and Android devices.


If you are traveling, you will more than likely have to navigate through one of the world’s gargantuan airports. In this case, GateGuru will be a true godsend. GateGuru includes an intuitive list of different shops and restaurants in approximately 120 different airports. Most obviously, GateGuru includes information about each airport’s different terminals. Available for both iOS and Android devices, GateGuru includes consumer reviews for a large majority of the locations in the airport.


As one of the best consumer cloud products on the market, Dropbox provides users with up to two gigabytes of free file storage. Instead of having to email those important files to yourself, Dropbox makes file storage a breeze. You can download Dropbox for both iOS and Android devices.

This list of travel apps is designed to help you spend less time worrying and more time doing whatever it is you love to do most while traveling. All that is left is for you to pack your bags and enjoy your travel destination.

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