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5 Essential Apps When Traveling Internationally

Is international travel on your to-do list in 2017? If you’re leaving the country, be sure to prepare for the trip by installing these five apps on your smartphone. They’ll help you be prepared for every leg of your journey.

Google Translate

If you’re heading to a country where English isn’t the main language, you’re going to need a way to translate. That’s where Google Translate comes in.

This powerful app lets you translate between over 100 languages by typing in the message you want to translate. You can draw characters on the screen to get translation for 93 languages. Additionally, you can hold your camera up and get instant translation of signs around you in almost thirty languages.

Don’t worry if you’re in a country with sketchy Internet connections. You can use the offline mode to translate over 50 languages when you’re not connected.

This app is free in the app store, so there’s no excuse for traveling without it.


You’re going to want to know the current exchange rate when you’re traveling out of the country. That way you always know how much you’re really spending.

This free app provides the information you need for more than 150 currencies. It’s also been used reliably since its debut in 2008. It’s kept up to date.

City Maps 2 Go

Another free app, City Maps 2 Go helps you plan your trip and keep from getting lost once you get to your destination. You’re able to download maps and guides so you’ll be covered even if you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi.

While you’re in the app, you can search for restaurants, stores or lodging nearby. This app covers nearly the whole world!

As a bonus, you can easily share your trip plans with your friends. You can also back up your plans so you don’t have to worry about them getting accidently deleted.


Create a journal of your travels so you never forget the amazing experience you had. This free app helps you document your journey and easily incorporate photos and video footage.

You can share your trip with the LiveTrekker community, and with your friends and family. If you’re in need of journal inspiration, you can browse top trips uploaded by other users. You may even discover new places to explore along the way through these shared experiences.

What’s App

Even though you’re traveling, you’re going to want to stay in touch with your friends and family back home. Texting and calling internationally can add unexpected charges to your phone bill, which is never fun.

That’s where this free app comes in. It uses your phone’s data or Wi-Fi connection to keep you in contact with your loved ones. You can enjoy unlimited calls and messages without any subscription fees. The group message feature is especially nice.

No matter what provider you’re running on, emoticons come through clearly. No more funky characters or missed messages.

Need an iTunes Card?

While these apps are all free, some do have in-app purchase upgrade options. If you need an iTunes card to pay for those upgrades, be sure to use your SideMoney account. You’ll be able to earn gift cards for iTunes and from plenty of other stores to enjoy.

Safe travels!

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