For a long time, when I thought travel, I used to think maps, locations and recommendations. My smartphone then loaded with TripAdvisor (iPhone/Android/Windows phone) and Google Maps (iPhone/Android/Windows phones), I would roam away happily and think ‘well, that’s all I need’. But then, after I met new local friends, I realized that going to recommended places wasn’t my priority and that I was still having headaches about the language, currencies, packing and having to constantly look for my phone (yes I was like that).Since then, I have found five excellent apps that I am now using all the time. Here they are:
‘Find my phone’ is essential to avoid turning into a private eye every time your misplace your gadget. The app provides options to make your phone ring even when set to silent and, more conveniently, locate it on a map. Not only that, but several features are available to protect your data in case of complete loss.
If, like me, you’re more at ease with words than you are with numbers, this app available for every smartphone will spare you some serious sweat every time you want to check a price. To me, it’s a no-brainer!
Another life saver, Google translate is actually pretty good at getting it right when it comes to Indonesian language.
It won’t help you much to talk philosophy, but it’s good enough to prevent that awkward silence when you know what you want to say and don’t know how to say it!
Triplist will save your travel time even before you go: it’s a packing helper. Best used in combination with our list of 14 things to pack for your Bali backpack, it will make sure that you don’t leave anything important behind.
I must confess that I like getting lost, just to meet new people while attempting to find my way back. I know that not everybody shares this perspective though, so I included this app which is specially dedicated to Bali.
The premium version (less than USD 5,00) offers a pretty useful offline map feature, access to events, checklist, sharable photo albums as well as many other goodies that will help you locate and chose your next destination.
Do you know of anything else that could be useful? Let me know in the comment! Happy traveling to you!
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