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The Best Phone Apps for Traveling Abroad

There are a lot of things to think about when you’re planning a trip abroad: what to pack, where to stay, how to get around. But in today’s digital age, there’s one more thing you need to add to your travel checklist: your phone. After all, your phone is your lifeline to the outside world when you’re traveling in unfamiliar territory.

But with so many apps on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are worth downloading. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best phone apps for traveling, so you can hit the ground running (and stay connected) no matter where your journey takes you.

1. Google Maps

No matter where you’re traveling, chances are you’ll need to do some serious navigational planning at some point. And there’s no better app for that than Google Maps. With real-time traffic updates, detailed public transit information, and step-by-step directions, Google Maps will help you get from Point A to Point B without any hiccups. And if you’re worried about using up all your data while you’re abroad, don’t worry—Google Maps lets you download maps ahead of time so you can access them offline.

2. XE Currency

If you’re doing any sort of shopping while you’re traveling—whether it’s picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home or haggling for a better price at a local market—you’re going to need to have a grasp on the local currency. XE Currency is a handy app that lets you quickly convert between currencies so you always know how much money you’re actually spending. All you need is an internet connection (or data roaming if you’re going abroad), and XE Currency will do the rest.

3. TripIt

TripIt is THE app for travelers who like to be organized (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?). This app keeps track of all your travel plans in one place, from flight times and hotel reservations to car rentals and restaurant reservations. And if that wasn’t helpful enough, TripIt can also share your travel itinerary with anyone else who needs it—like family members or business associates back home. Trust us, this app will make your life 10 times easier when you’re trying to juggling a million different things at once.

4. Citymapper

Citymapper is a godsend for anyone traveling in an unfamiliar city—particularly one with a complex public transportation system. The app provides real-time transit maps and information so you’ll never miss a train, bus, or tube again. Citymapper is currently available in 107+ cities around the world, with more being added all the time.

No matter where your travels take you this year, make sure you download these essential apps before hitting the road. From navigating foreign cities to keeping track of your travel plans, they’ll help make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. Chao!

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