Keeping in touch away from home: Apps to use while traveling!

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By Matt Olson

No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing this spring break, staying informed  is of vital importance.

It keeps us connected and provides us with important information about what’s going on in the outside world.

Using your cell phone to keep in touch with your best friends and family is almost second nature for our generation.  While postcards are nostalgic and make nice gifts for family members, cell phones are much easier to use and often cost less—if you use them the right way.

There is a new app called “imo messenger” that can replace text messaging while you are out of the country.

By using imo messenger, you can log into many of the most common chat client applications such as Facebook Messenger and GTalk in order to keep in touch with those you love.

Being out of the country can make your phone bill more expensive, so being able to connect with your friends for free using Wi-Fi is one of the most convenient ways to stay in touch.

Another problem people face with leaving the United States is figuring out how much money they have to spend while they are on vacation.

Often times the currency rate is difficult to figure out (except in Canada—I’m pleased to report that the conversion rate is even). “Measures” is both a unit and currency conversion app that takes the hassle out of it.

The app keeps the conversion rates up-to-date, making the conversion rates easy to know.

For those of you who like to talk with the locals to get an insight into the culture should download “Phrasebook,” an app that gives short and easy phrases that can keep the conversation going when you aren’t fluent in the native language.

This app would be very important if you needed to communicate something important to someone on your vacation.  The ability of our phones to provide us with instant information is a great advancement in technology

These apps can take the stress out of having to travel, and gives you more time to enjoy the best parts about the trip.

Sometimes the stresses of traveling take the fun out of the actual experience, but “GateGuru” can help with all of that.

It is an all-in-one app encompassing flight, rental cars and restaurants located close to the airport you’ll be flying into. If your flight gets delayed an hour, GateGuru will send you a notification so that you’ll be prepared and not stuck waiting in the terminal.

Through a partnership with Avis, the app also finds the cheapest car rental rates in order for you to breeze through that process and hit the road.

The app even keeps track of your travel—it accumulates the number of miles you travel, the number of airports you have been to and so much more.

So next time you want to brag to your friends about who has traveled more, GateGuru will be able to solve the dispute once and for all—and tell you exactly what you’ve done.

Whatever you choose to do this spring break, just remember to relax!

The winter term certainly has taken a toll on all of us, and we could use a week to rejuvenate and come back prepared for spring term.

But if you’re going away, these apps can provide you with a seamless vacation that you’ll be sure to remember for years to come.

And while many applications developed for smartphones can be complicated and make your life more difficult than not using the app at all, these provide comfort and ease while you are on your trip. Enjoy!

 

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