Going on vacation for the holiday? Here is a list of the 6 best apps for navigating a new city to help you get the most out of your trip.
1. Around Me
AroundMe takes on the daunting task of finding a good nearby restaurant, movie theater and ATM location all in one fell swoop (close down each of the separate apps that were doing that for you). The app is free on iOS and Android, and is available is almost any language including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, traditional and simplified Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.
2. Wi-Fi Finder
The Wi-Fi Finder, which alerts you to more than 650,000 locations with Wi-Fi in 144 countries, uses a GPS function to find the closest availability. It also informs you whether or not the Wi-Fi is free or not and provides the quickest directions to that location, after filtering by location types like cafe or hotel.
Looking for a public restroom while you’re out and about sight-seeing can pose a problem. SitOrSquat, is the crowdsourced public restroom finder app that will show you public restroom options & ratings in your geographic area. For now, the app works best in major metropolitan cities.
The iTranslate app translates more than 70 languages, provides extensive translation dictionaries and translates from text-to-speech and vice versa. It also romanizes characters in Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Thai, Korean and Greek. Another helpful feature offered is translating your emails, texts or tweets before hitting send. The app is free for iOS and Android.
5. XE Currency
XE Currency allows you monitor up to 10 different currencies and calculates prices using an in-app currency converter. You can simply shake your phone to reset and reveal the current exchange rates (in Internet-free zones). The app also provides a minute-by-minute update of global stock markets. XE Currency is free on iOS and Android.
6. Smart Traveler
Smart Traveler helps you out during international emergencies by sending travel alerts and warnings, vaccination information and details on the embassy. The app works on iOS and Android, and offers non-emergency functionality, like the ability to create an itinerary and “Know Before You Go” information about a specific destination, including road and public transit maps.