8 Travel Apps That Don’t Require Internet Access
Hooray, you finally booked your dream trip abroad. Now the ultimate question: to splurge or scrimp on an international data plan? Save your money for that leather jacket you want, because with these eight apps, you can navigate, translate and catch up on your reading without those roaming charges.
Manage Your Itinerary With TripIt
Leave the printed itinerary at home. This app automatically pulls information from relevant emails to compose one beautiful, organized list with everything you need to know. Have a worrywart mother at home? Send her the schedule, too, so she knows exactly when you’re on a guided hike out of service range.
Master Public Transportation With Here
On vacation, there’s no time to waste—especially in the back of a cab. This app calculates all your route options to present you with the fastest way to get from point A to point B. Now you can cram in even more time at the Louvre or scouting the streets for cute Parisian men. Score.
Know What You’re Spending With XE Currency
OK, so if one U.S. dollar equals 22,787.50 Vietnamese dong, how much does this coffee cost? Save yourself a math headache with this app that helps you keep track of exactly what you’re spending so you don’t end up blindly throwing cash around and going way over budget.
Use a Digital Guide With Triposo
Guidebooks are heavy and this digital guide is all you need. You can plan your whole day with its extensive lists of hot spots to visit, or use the wandering option to get notifications when you pass by anything worth stopping for, all offline, of course.
Keep a Journal With LiveTrekker
You’ll actually keep that promise to yourself of keeping a journal. Using GPS to tag your photos along your trip, this app creates an interactive record of everything you do. You can even add your own notes so you remember exactly when and where you ate those insanely delicious dumplings.
Talk to the Locals With Google Translate
Sure, you took German all through high school, but do you remember how to say, “Where’s the nearest biergarten?” We didn’t think so. Download the language packs you’ll need for your trip before you leave so you can avoid the embarrassment of accidentally mixing up words like night (nacht) and nude (nackt).
Catch Up On Reading With Pocket
Carrying books and magazines around for your whole trip is a pain. (Literally, they’re way too heavy.) Instead, upload all the articles and videos you’ve been meaning to get to while you’re still connected to your home Wi-Fi. Then, on your trip, you can access them any time, anywhere, even without a connection. It’s almost as if there was a time before internet existed…how strange.