Taking your Android device with you while travelling can be a real time and space saver, it can do the job of many other standalone devices and help you find the things you want quickly. It could also prove to be a lifesaver too if you get caught in a fix. Here is our tried and tested list of must have Android Apps for travel.
When it comes to finding out where you are and how to get to your destination, Google Maps on your android phone is familiar to most people, and provides maps and GPS location, along with directions to your destination in a package that is quick and easy to use.
The daddy of all translation services that is quick to use and usually provides a fairly reasonable translation of the sign or menu you’re trying to read. It won’t always be in perfect English, but it’s close enough to be a vital travel tool.
Skype For Android
No one wants to be watching the clock when they’re catching up with family at home, so the Skype app combined with WiFi at the hotel is the perfect solution. Crisp and clear video calling through this handy app is really useful, just make sure you check on the time difference before you call home.
ConvertPad – Unit Converter
Wherever you are in the world there will always be differences and not everything is measured in the same way, so the ultimate unit converter means you can change just about any local measurement or unit into something more recognisable.
If you’re planning on roughing it and are travelling on a budget, then Couchsurfing could be the money saving app you’re looking for. Couchsurfing helps people from around the world to come together to reduce costs and find new friends in their destination.
US Army Survival Guide
Need to light a fire but the reliable Zippo isn’t working? Need to build a makeshift shelter in the woods? The US Army Survival Guide has everything you need to help you avoid becoming food for the bears when you’re slightly out of your comfort zone.
This may not be a familiar name to many people, but this handy little app offers a fascinating insight into just about every possible destination you could be visiting. A combination of maps and guidebook titbits, Wikisherpa is perfect for those who don’t have a spare rucksack for all the other guidebooks.
Whether you’re looking at a small statue of Buddha or a Moroccan rug, having a currency converter is a vital way to make sure that the bargain in front of you isn’t a complete rip-off. Apps like XE Currency will tell you how much you’ll be paying in sterling whatever the local currency, but it can’t guarantee your mum will like her gift.
Should you be sprinting towards the check-in desk or do you have time for that extra few hours in bed? FlightTrack provides up to date information on flights and delays from airports around the world, meaning you won’t get caught out with a flight that is running late.
Probably the ultimate travel app, TripIt will bring together all your plans and travel information in one place, meaning that flight details and destination are tracked and can be easily shared with friends and family. It also has a great restaurant and attraction finding tool for those last minute plans.
With all of these apps loaded on the phone, the most important thing is to make sure you keep it fully charged!