The 8 Best Student Travel Apps in 2018
February 14, 2018   //   By:   //   Articles   //   Comments are off

Ways to avert traffic, get the best deal, play a game, find a restaurant, interact with friends, and take quality photos are a few daily tasks smart phone applications have taken over for humans. Many people have even begun watching TV on apps, taking online courses, booking travel, and getting their groceries delivered. With tens of thousands of new apps launching every month, and over 5 million expected in the app store by 2020, finding the best ones in a particular sector can be a daunting task. So, when it comes to your school trip, we’ve taken the joy in scouring reviews, comments, and the newest technologies to find you the 8 Most Useful Travel Apps for 2018.

1. WhatsApp: Worldwide communication phenomenon

Why We Love It:

  • You don’t have to turn on international roaming when traveling abroad. Connect to wifi and you are able to send texts, have a voice call, or a video call!
  • Communication is free
  • Send documents, videos, and more over the app

Room  For Improvement:

  • No fancy face filters like Snap Chat or Instagram. We’re not crying over this.

 

2. Google Maps: When given an hour of free time to explore, this comes in handy

Why We Love It:

  • Walking, biking, riding direction instructions
  • Offline maps to navigate without internet connection (you’ll need to download the map first)
  • Transit schedules and maps for over 15,000 cities

Room for Improvement:

  • Continued GPS use decreases battery life. Nothing new.

 

3. Touch Note: Never forget another postcard

Why We Love It:

  • You can snap a photo on your phone and send a physical post card instantly from your phone to someone back home
  • $2-$3 per post card (No more shuffling to find a stamp and post office)
  • You can include a personalized message
  • Easy card duplication to send to any contact stored in your device

Room For Improvement:

  • You are not able to save a project and come back to it later. The point is quick and easy!

 

4. Trip It: Travel information in one place

Why We Love It:

  • Stores all your flight information in one place
  • You can send emails to it to add information
  • Can share your information with those at home while you are traveling

Room For Improvement

  • When traveling through different time zones, you’ll need to check to ensure times are noted correctly.

 

5. Google Trips: A day trip itinerary on the fly

Why We Love It:

  • Travel reservations stored from your Gmail account
  • Pre-planned day trip itineraries for hundreds of cities and ability to customize your own
  • Available offline

Room for Improvement:

  • Syncing between devices

 

6. bSafe: Keep track of your people

Why We Love It:

  • Share location with your friends and family
  • Alarm function if you feel you are in trouble
  • A timer alarm can be set to trigger another person if you have not checked in at a certain time

Room for Improvement

  • An alarm triggered to an emergency contact when you sound your alarm. Good idea.

 

7. XE Currency: No more currency conversions in your head

Why We Love It:

  • Live exchange rates and charts
  • Refreshed every minute for every world currency and precious metal
  • Currency calculator

Room For Improvement

  • 10 currency limit at one time. Most trips do not include more than 10 currencies, so we’re okay with this one.

 

8. Google Translate/iTranslate: The go-to translation apps for student travelers

Why We Love It:

  • 90 languages available for translation
  • The app can read text from signs and posters
  • Quick turn around time for translation

Room for Improvement

  • Computer translations do not translate context. With improvements in technology, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was in our future.
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