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5 must have apps while travelling abroad

By: Fayaz Najar

Gone are the days when travellers used to carry guidebooks for almost everything while holidaying or going on a business trip abroad.  Thanks to the technological advancements, we have mobile apps for almost everything. Today, we can access accurate information from a single touch of a screen.  There are millions of apps available online, but we have handpicked 5 for you to make your next holiday or official trip easy, convenient and memorable.   Here is our list of 5 must-have apps while travelling abroad.

  1. Google Maps

This app can prove to be your best friend once you arrive at your favourite destination. Just a few taps on your mobile screen and you are ready to navigate to a hotel or to a friend’s place.  Google Maps not only grant you access to unlimited maps online, it can even be used when you are offline; just save maps of must-visit places of the city you land in and explore like a pro.  So, if you are avid travellers, install Google Maps on your smartphone now, you can rely on for real-time GPS navigation, traffic, public transport and details about millions of businesses.   Download hereAndroid, iOS

  1. Airbnb

If you are a backpacker or a budget traveller, handover your accommodation worries to the Airbnb app.  This app helps you to find accommodation roughly in 35,000 cities all across the world and that too at a cheaper price than of a typical hotel. It also gives you an opportunity to live in someone’s home; hence increasing your chances to know more about the city and its culture from the natives.  Download Airbnb hereAndroid, iOS

  1. Uber

There are multiple taxi-hailing apps available online but Uber covers more than 500 cities around the world that makes it a perfect mode to get around.  Apps like Uber has reformed the way frequent travellers commute these days. Now you don’t need to stand in long queues and wait for a taxi or bus while abroad. With Uber, everything is at your fingertips.  Book your next ride through Uber download hereAndroid, iOS.

  1. Chkfake – Check Fake Money

Currency exchange is always the foremost thing to do when travelling abroad. If you are a person who is skeptical of the genuineness of currency notes from different countries, then Chkfake is rightly created for you. This app will save you from getting tricked as it guides you to identify key anti-counterfeit features on a currency note. This app not only helps you to check for fake currency but educates you about the various security features of a currency note. You can verify currencies like Indian Rupees (INR), US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), UK Pound (GBP), Japanese Yen (JPY), Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) and Singapore Dollars (SGD). So, before you step out for your next trip don’t forget to install Chkfake on your smartphone. Chkfake is available on both the platforms Android as well as iOS and can be downloaded here.

  1. Accuweather

To stop bad weather playing the spoiler on your next vacation, Accuweather is the app you should count on. The app offers everything from general long-term forecasts to minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts for all locations worldwide.

Download Accuweather and don’t miss out on favourite places and activities on your next trip. Get Accuweather hereAndroid, iOS.

About Desk Editor

Thanks to all those who said 'no' to me, it is because of them I did it myself. Sameer Showkin Lone is a Founder/ Editor of News Despatch (www.newsdespatch.com). He reports on Defence and Security, Politics, Human Rights, Health and Environment.

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