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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.

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tripit

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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citymaps2go

Navigate the City with CityMaps2Go

Not only can you see your location on a map without using any data, but you can also curate lists of things you want to do. Or, if you want someone else to do the work, download already-made guides.

Available for iOS or Android

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here

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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XE Currency

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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triposo

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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livetrekker

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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google

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).

Available for iOS or Android

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pocket

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.

Available for iOS or Android

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