People today can’t function without the internet. It has revolutionised the way in which we go about our day-to-day lives.
There is a whole host of websites and apps specifically designed to make your travels as smooth as possible; from planning your trip, to navigating your way around a city, to local phrasebooks on-the-go.
This website is a great place to start when planning your travels. It offers independent advice and ideas for gap year travellers from finding a placement, to average costs and finding the cheapest deals. Great for those travellers who want to get organised before they set off.
Free Wi-Fi Finder
Free internet is like gold dust when travelling, and so this app will become your new best friend. The “Free Wifi Finder” app is designed to locate the nearest free Wi-Fi spots to your current location by detecting them from a pre-downloaded list. This means you never have to incur any data charges whilst away and you can limit the amount of time you spend in pricey internet cafés.
A slightly controversial one. We all know that sinking feeling you get when you take your seat on the plane and realise you’re sat in front of a screaming child, or the incredibly chatty woman who tells you her life story when all you want to do is sleep. “SeatID” is a website that allows you to view the social networking profiles of fellow passengers before you book your ticket, so you can pick your preferred seatmate based on common interests.
Anything you need to find whilst on the move, “Around Me” will help you get there fast. From bars and supermarkets to banks and hospitals, the app can direct you to your nearest location using GPS directions. It also provides you with contact details for destinations so that you can call ahead and reserve a table at a local restaurant, for example.
For a faster and more novel way to overcome language barriers while you’re away, “Word Lens” is an on-the-go, interactive phrase book. You take a photograph some text and the app will instantly translate it from one language to another, making reading road signs or menus a walk in the park.
As you travel you will capture some of the most memorable moments of your life on camera. But these pictures are all too easy to lose whilst you’re on the go. BuddyBackup is a free website that allows you to save these files to a computer at home remotely from any location worldwide, as long as you have an internet connection.