Hooray, you finally booked your dream trip abroad. Now the ultimate question: to splurge or scrimp on an international data plan? Save your money for that leather jacket you want, because with these eight apps, you can navigate, translate and catch up on your reading without those roaming charges.
MANAGE YOUR ITINERARY WITH TRIPIT
Leave the printed itinerary at home. This app automatically pulls information from relevant emails to compose one beautiful, organized list with everything you need to know. Have a worrywart mother at home? Send her the schedule, too, so she knows exactly when you’re on a guided hike out of service range.
NAVIGATE THE CITY WITH CITYMAPS2GO
Not only can you see your location on a map without using any data, but you can also curate lists of things you want to do. Or, if you want someone else to do the work, download already-made guides.
MASTER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITH HERE
On vacation, there’s no time to waste—especially in the back of a cab. This app calculates all your route options to present you with the fastest way to get from point A to point B. Now you can cram in even more time at the Louvre or scouting the streets for cute Parisian men. Score.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SPENDING WITH XE CURRENCY
OK, so if one U.S. dollar equals 22,787.50 Vietnamese dong, how much does this coffee cost? Save yourself a math headache with this app that helps you keep track of exactly what you’re spending so you don’t end up blindly throwing cash around and going way over budget.
USE A DIGITAL GUIDE WITH TRIPOSO
Guidebooks are heavy and this digital guide is all you need. You can plan your whole day with its extensive lists of hot spots to visit, or use the wandering option to get notifications when you pass by anything worth stopping for, all offline, of course.