Tuesday, October 29, 2019

6 Apps I can't live without when I travel!

Hello you! Do you absolutely love traveling? Well, If you've been following Pardon the french girl for a while you know I do too! I should honestly be a travel blogger. Just saying. Here are my favorite traveling apps. 

Google Maps

I'm pretty sure it’s safe to say you are already using Google Maps in your day to day. It's definitely the best navigation app around (Don`t attack me Waze users) It is a life saver while traveling by car, bus, train or on foot and you have no idea where the heck you are. Maps (Yup we are using it`s little name we are that close) is incredibly reliable pretty much anywhere around the world you can get signal. You can even use google maps offline without burning through your data. When I travel I prefer using public transportation because I'm cheap cheap and also I don't have to go through the headache of trying to find parking in sometimes crowded and small streets. 

One of the worst things when you’re in an unfamiliar city is showing up to a restaurant or attraction, that you`ve been wanting to visit for a really long time, only to find out they are closed. So trust and believe that even when I know where I am going I still Google Map it to not get played by business hours. My favorite feature is the “near me” depending on your location you can find a cafe, restaurant or supermarket near you present location.

Something else I really love to do with Google Maps is to pin awesome spots to visit prior to traveling. Every time I discover a new place on Instagram or Pinterest, I automatically pin it on my Google Map as a “must visit”. Afterwards, you can see all your pins at a glance which is very practical.  And if you are ever near a place that you’ve pinned the app will send you a notification telling you that you are close. Obviously, your location needs to be enabled on your phone to benefit from this cool feature. Google Maps is seriously my best friend. While you travel you can also pin certain places as “places you’ve already visited or love”. It's a lot easier to remember them if you ever want to go back or send recommendations to a friend. 

If you’re anything like me and need help packing, you will love Packpoint. Depending on your destination, the length of your stay and the different activities you are planning on doing, it will generate a personalized list to help you pack the right amount of clothes, accessories, toiletries and electronics. It even looks at the weather forecast to helps you pack the right outfits. I mean the worst thing is being miles and miles away from home and it starts to get chilly outside and you only packed short sleeves tops. 

TripIt organizes all your travel itineraries and documents so you have everything in one place before you even get to your destination. You can even have all your confirmations at the same place. This is a great to have your flight itineraries and/or car rental information handy and readily available. The app also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever else that may need to coordinate with you or know what your travel plans are. I highly recommend TripiT when traveling with your family or a group of friends.

I think this app is by far my favorite. You can easily plan your entire trip. Let's say you are going to Lisbon for a few days you can quickly search “Lisbon” and select the 4 days in Lisbon option. It will then create an itinerary for your destination. You can also add hotel locations. The app lets you customize the trip by allowing you to add or  remove any of the listed attraction. You can even add new ones that are not presented to you by the app. Also, in the app you’re able to personalize the start and end times of your day. Importantly, you can include your preferred means of transportation. You have to try this app out the next time you travel because this article is only scratching the surface of this awesome app.

Google Translate 
Google Translate can translate more than 100 languages and several dozen languages offline (make sure to download your desired language(s) before disconnecting from the Wi-Fi). The coolest feature is the instant camera translation. All you have to do is simply open your camera over a text and it translates it right away. For the moment there are 38 languages available. So gone are the days of asking for an English menu.

Ex Currency Converter 
The XE Currency app quickly provides live, up-to-the-minute currency rates, allowing you to store and view them even when you’re offline.  Sometimes pricing in different countries can have you feeling like you are getting a good deal when in reality you are getting played friend. So please save your coins! The app is real easy to use and doesn’t require Wi-Fi. 

This one won't be useful for everyone, but if you love taking pictures during your trip this is the one you will need. Depending on your location it will tell you the exact time of the blue hour, golden and sunrise/sunset times. Those of you passionate about photography know exactly what I’m talking about. Even if you are not a photography buff and just looking for that beautiful shot to add to your feed or timeline you definitely won’t regret downloading PhotoTime so you can be at the right place at the right time for that perfect picture. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I loved writing it. I’m sure there are several amazing travel apps out there that are not on this list so please share you preferred vacation/traveling apps in the comment section below thank you again for following my blog. 

 On that note;
Aurevoir  Bisous, bisous
Sophia Tim


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