Smartphone apps have become essential tools in the everyday lives of many. However, keep in mind that apps can come in handy away from home, too. A smartphone equipped with a solid set of apps can lessen the various struggles and dangers that traveling may present. Be sure to take advantage of these 10 great smartphone apps to make your next travel experience easier and more enjoyable.

 

Get around in style with Uber or Lyft.

Get around in style with Uber or Lyft.

1. Uber and Lyft – Currently the leading ride-share companies in the United States, Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around efficiently, and in style. You just have to set up the app on your smartphone, and a driver will usually pick you up in minutes. Plus, be sure to save money by taking advantage of the free or discounted rides that both companies offer by looking up some promo codes.

 

 

 

2. iTrans NYC Subway – Though unique to New York City, iTrans NYC Subway is a great example of an app that can help you to learn the ropes of the transportation system of a new city. iTrans NYC Subway is great because you can view a map of the city’s subway while not connected to the internet, and it contains a list of current delays. Keep an eye out for similar features.

 

Priceline will ensure that you always find the best hotel.

Priceline will ensure that you always find the best hotel.

3. Priceline – This app is a great way to save money while looking into hotels, flights, and rental cars. The app lets users specify how much they want to pay, their quality star level, and their dates of travel. Priceline then generates a personalized list catered to the user’s specifications.

 

 

 

 

4. Where To Eat? – Figuring out where to eat in a new city (or even your own city) no longer has to be a laborious process. Simply download this app, and shake your phone to come up with a list of nearby eateries. You can navigate the list by reviews and distance.

 

bSafe will keep you clear of danger, even as you explore foreign cities at night.

bSafe will keep you clear of danger, even as you explore foreign cities at night.

5. bSafe – With this app, it becomes much easier to feel safe in a new city. If you set off an alarm on the app, it will immediately begin to record video and voice, and share your location via GPS. Plus, an automatic alarm feature can set off the alarm remotely if you fail to check in on time.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Packing Pro – Leave your packing until the last minute again? Download Packing Pro and watch your suitcase fill itself in minutes. The app allows you to enter an array of information like the trip’s length, the temperature of your destination, and even whether or not you’ll have access to a washing machine. And then, taking all of these factors into consideration, the app will tell you what to pack.

 

With PinPin, you'll never have to worry about not having cash.

With PinPin, you’ll never have to worry about not having cash.

7. PinPin ATM Finder – PinPin uses GPS technology in over 200 countries to determine the location of the nearest ATM. Use it on your next trip to make sure that you never find yourself without cash.

 

 

 

 

 

8. WhatsApp Messenger – WhatsApp lets users communicate by using the Internet, whether through wi-fi, or a data package. It’s a great way to ensure cheap, reliable contact with friends and family while traveling. Plus, you can even share pictures and videos easily, and more importantly, for free!

 

Order a latte in whichever language you want with Vocre!

Order a latte in whichever language you want with Vocre!

9. Vocre – Need help ordering your coffee of choice in a new country, but have to deal with a language barrier? Just open the Vocre translation app, speak into your phone’s microphone, and your caffeine supply will never go dry. The app includes a feature that reads the translation aloud in case you struggle with pronunciation, or just want to show off your fancy technology.

 

 

 

 

10. Help Call –Traveling can often present serious dangers, and Help Call will help you to avoid them and to stay safe. Available in over 126 countries, Help Call determines your location to shares the numbers of local emergency services.

 

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