Excluding the obvious ones like Facebook and Skype here are my top 7 apps that have been really useful and practical for me while travelling.
1. Duolingo: I have tried so many learning language apps and this one is by far the best. There is no crappy thing where when you get to a certain level you have to pay to update. It has heaps of lessons from basic to advanced with lots of grammar and vocab. It also includes listening and speaking exercises which I found really helpful, plus an added bonus you can be learning more than one language at a time.
2. TripIt: This one is really great for those organised people who actually book things. You just forward any confirmation emails you receive for flights, activities and hotel reservations and the app organises it into one complete itinerary.
3. Heyday: This is the best free photo organising app I have found. It automatically takes the photos from your camera roll, adds cool filters, combines the photos into collages and records the date and location. It’s like an automatic photo journal and you don’t have to do anything!
4. SpanishDict: I have used this everyday travelling in Central and South America. A free dictionary app with the language of wherever you are is so helpful. It’s a great way to learn new words and can be invaluable when starting out in a foreign country. This one is cool because it has a word of the day and games as well as the basic english to spanish dictionary.
5. TED: I love the online TED talks. For those of you who don’t know TED is a collection of inspirational and informative talks organised at conferences around the world. The app is really cool because you can download endless amounts of talks when you have wi-fi and watch them later. This has saved me from the boredom of many a long bus ride.
6. Coursera: This is the app version of the free courseware offered online with Coursera. There are lots of great free courses you can do with video lectures for only a few hours a week. Its nice when travelling for a long period of time to use the brain for something other than calculating how many beers to buy.
7. Couchsurfing: The app version is a condensed version of the site. You can scroll through hosts, send couch requests, edit your profile and read your mail. It’s a great time saver while on the go.
Know of any cool travel apps? Please share 🙂