Studying abroad but overwhelmed by the number of apps available? We share our top 17 picks to help you out on your travels. #travel #studyabroad #tips #appstips
As of July 2015, Android users were able to choose between 1.6 million apps. Meanwhile, Apple’s App Store remained the second-largest app store with 1.5 million available apps. These numbers are constantly growing; so how do you decide which ones are most useful during your time abroad? From language learning to navigating a new city, we’ve rounded up 17 of our top choices:
1. Wi-Fi Finder. This is a to use easy, aesthetically pleasing yet functional way to find Wi-Fi hotspots. Whether you’re seeking a free spot to leach on or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots; this app can help you find them plus other pertinent information.
2. WhatsApp. WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
3. Telegram. Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.).
4. Skype. The classic keep in touch app, Skype lets you make video calls to friends and family back home, and on top of being an ordinary messaging app, you can share screens, files and photos. There are low rates for calling landlines too. They recently introduced Skype Qik which lets you swap videos with groups of friends.
5. TripAdvisor. Do you read reviews before you travel? If you do, you’re well aware of the value of TripAdvisor. The best part is probably being able to see traveler photos instead of just the professional ones when you’re booking hotels or looking for restaurants. The app has a location based function called Near Me Now to help plan your day based on what’s nearby.
6. Uber. Need a ride? Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app—no reservations or waiting in taxi lines. From low-cost to premium, every ride option feels like an upgrade to the everyday. Create your account using cash, credit card, PayPal, or Android Pay – your fare will be charged automatically at the end of your ride. You can also pay with cash in select cities. After your trip, they’ll email you a receipt.
7. MAPS.ME. Once you download your map, there’s no internet connection required for this one, it works all over the world, has GPS positioning and you can zoom in for a highly detailed look at where you are. The data comes from Open Street Map and the database is up-to-date by the minute.
8. Converter+. An app that many students swear by while abroad, Converter+ has a pretty impressive list of possible conversions from currencies to tipping to weight to temperature – everything you really need to know while you’re traveling.
9. XE Currency. Convert every currency on-the-go with the XE Currency App for iPhone. It offers live proprietary exchange rates and historical charts. Plus, it stores the last updated rates so it even works when the Internet doesn’t.
10. Duolingo. Studying in Florence and need to practice your Italian? Download Duolingo for a variety of languages. It’s a fun way to learn and to track your progress as you progress through levels, testing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You can play on your own or challenge your friends.
11. Google Translate. This is always a good one to have on hand while you’re living or traveling in another country, or even while making international friends who might not speak English completely fluently or whose language you are trying to learn. You can translate words or phrases with your voice, camera, keyboard or handwriting.
12. Instagram. is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.
13. Snapchat. Snapchat lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover. Life’s more fun when you live in the moment!
14. Steller. Create storybooks of your travels, combining photos, videos and text into sleek, elegant templates. You can share your stories and follow other users or collections. You can like, comment and use hashtags like you would on any social network.
15. Cameo. Cameo video editor lets you combine clips from your Camera Roll to edit, trim and splice in just a few swipes. Add a professional sheen with high quality video filters, themes and the perfect soundtrack that fits your vibe.
16. Dropbox. Need to access your files (course schedules, anyone?) away from your laptop? If you don’t already use it, you’ll find Dropbox helpful for keeping you organized. It will sync to all of your devices and is an easy way to send larger files too.
17. Wunderlist. Wunderlist is a simple task management tool. It can be used across loads of devices meaning you can use it at your desktop or mobile when you are out. Video Script: Wunderlist is a beautiful to-do list that can be used anywhere with iPhone, Android, iPad, PC, Mac and online versions.