People often travel to the same few destinations over and over, but why should you? Shake up your selection of travel destinations — go somewhere you’ve never visited before. No matter your reason for putting off booking a trip to a new city — language barriers, lack of organization, fear of getting lost — you’ll be able to download a travel app such as one of the following six to help you out.
The free Phrasebook app by Bravolol, available on Android and iOS devices, offers more than 800 phrases and vocabulary words in 13 different languages. A cute little parrot animation helps you learn to pronounce the phrases correctly, helping you communicate when you’re traveling to different countries.
If you’re having trouble mastering the native language, the app will speak the phrase for you, cutting down on miscommunication possibilities. Some of the languages Phrasebook offers include French, Spanish, German, and Chinese.
TripIt: Travel Organizer
Scheduling a trip for an entire family or navigating your first solo trip can be overwhelming, especially when keeping track of your itinerary. The TripIt app, which is free on Android and iOS devices, creates an itinerary for you based on your travel plans, such as your flight information and hotel booking.
To use TripIt, forward your confirmation emails to the app; if you’re using Gmail, the app captures travel information from your account and creates the itinerary without any forwarding needed.
Sometimes your travel plans go awry — you miss a flight, decide to stay a few extra days, or overhaul everything and want to fly to another city before you return home.
Skyscanner is a free app for both iOS and Android devices that lets you search both domestic and international flights, compare flight prices, and book the flights you want. The app will send you notifications if any flight information changes, including price.
City Maps 2Go
The free City Maps 2Go app has offline maps for cities worldwide. Download this free app to your iOS or Android device to get great maps with insider tips, points of interest, and more. When viewing them through the large screen of an HTC One M9 smartphone, travelers can get a good, close look at the city they’re visiting, complete with photos.
The app also lets you save spots that you think are interesting and gives you your GPS location on a map if you’re not connected to the internet or to T-Mobile’s Un-carrier network, for example. City Maps 2Go has search features so that you can find the exact type of restaurant, attraction, or hotel you’re seeking
The XE Currency app offers a free edition for downloads to iOS and Android devices. Calculate currency exchange rates when you travel out of the country with the XE Currency app. Set up notifications for currency rate changes, calculate prices, and convert every currency in the world with the app.
The app also tracks live currency rates, so if you’re in a volatile market, you can wait until a good rate occurs before exchanging some of your money. Otherwise, a price calculator is a useful way to understand how much money you spend when visiting another country.
Although the free Eventbrite app is a lot of fun to have when you’re staying close to home, this app, compatible with iOS and Android devices, is also useful when you’re traveling to a different city. Eventbrite points you toward cool events taking place close to where you’re staying. Once you tell the app what kind of events you’re interested in, the Eventbrite app will offer personalized recommendations. You can also input credit card information to buy tickets straight through the app.
Why resort to visiting the same destination the next time you get the urge to get on the road? When you use one or more of the six apps mentioned above to book flights, you’ll find your way through new cities, communicate in other languages, and enjoy new experiences domestically or abroad.
Editor’s Note: The information in this syndicated post has been provided by a travel partner.