We're all addicted to our apps while home in the U.S., but did you know there are some amazing apps that are even more helpful while abroad? Check out these five apps to save you money and keep you out of some super embarrassing situations.
WhatsApp Messenger: Have you ever taken a trip and come back home to a $100+ phone bill just from texting? Before you leave the country have your friends download this app and you’ll be able to exchange text, photo, and audio messages from wherever you are, free of crazy international charges.
Boingo: While many hotels now include wireless, it’s still extremely difficult to connect in train stations or airports. Using Boingo, you can purchase an hour of Wi-Fi through iTunes for just $2. They have international partner networks all throughout Europe and the world, so it’s easy to hop online in most public places.
World Customs and Cultures: Did you know if you give the a-ok sign to someone in Greece, it similar to giving someone the middle finger in the U.S.? Avoid this kind of awkward slip up by using this app. It will teach you how to appropriately say hello, what you should never ever do, and when giving a fist bump is (or is definitely not) socially acceptable.
Currency Converter: You may think you're getting a great deal on that jewelry from a street vendor, but it's pretty easy to get ripped off. Keeping up with conversions can be tough, especially for a new traveler. This app gives you real time exchange rates and is totally free.
Google Translate: I can assure you that your high school Spanish is not as fluent as you remember it being. Whether you're trying to chat with someone at a bar in Paris, or desperately seeking a bathroom in Rome, this app can give you the key phrases you need. It can also type out phrases in foreign characters so you can show locals what you're trying to say, right on your screen.
Do you have any apps that have helped you out while traveling? Let us know in the comments!