Happy New Year’s! It’s the first Friday of 2018 so let’s kick it off with a Friday Favorites post.
Download these apps the next time you skip town to explore a new country. Whether it’s finding cheap flight deals, learning a new language, or looking for accommodation, I’ve got you covered. These are my favorite apps to use when I’m traveling, I hope you love them too!
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Keep in touch with your new international friends as well as your friends and family back home! This app is your best bet when it comes to messaging while abroad. Your phone service won’t work which means texting is out, unless you’re on wifi and have an iPhone.
Learn basic phrases in the native language of the country you’re visiting to help you navigate foreign territory. This app gamifies learning a new language and keeps track of your progress. You’ll be grateful that you know how to ask for help, where the bathroom is, or how to find your way around town. Also, locals really appreciate it when you make an effort to speak their language. Saying hello or thank you in their native tongue can go a long way!
Be on top of the cheapest flight deals with price alerts so you can snag one at the right time! Skyscanner lets you search for the cheapest flights out of your hometown and alerts you when the price drops so you know exactly when to book. I was able to book a $450 round trip flight from Nebraska to Spain using these alerts! *Read more about how I find cheap flights on my post 5 Ways to Find Cheap Flights.
Let your friends and family follow along with your travels by posting daily pics. This is a great way to let people back home know you’re alive and safe as well as wish they had gone with you! It’s also a great digital scrapbook that you can look back on when you return to relive those amazing memories.
5. Google Translate
Translate phrases in any language so you can communicate even if you don’t know the language. Make sure to download the language while you have wifi so you can use it later when you’re out and about without access to the internet.
Find cheap accommodation quick and easy, even at the last minute. You can search for hostels in the town you plan to stay in and book the day of. There’s reviews on every hostel so you’ll know if it’s clean, safe, has a kitchen, or a good social scene.
See my previous Friday Favorites post HERE.