Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to travel to quite a few locations. Most of my travels have been here in the United States. But I have also traveled internationally, adding Italy, Colombia, and El Salvador to my list of countries I have visited for the first time.
I am obviously not an expert on travel, but I thought I would share with you a couple of my favorite travel apps.
On my way home from Colombia, I knew I was going to have to go through immigration at the San Francisco Airport. While on the plane, I quickly answered the few questions, scanned my passport, and took a photo. Once our plane landed, I submitted my form and made my way off the plane.
After I got off the plane and headed over to immigration, you should have seen the line! There were probably over 200 people waiting to go through immigration.
I found the line for the Mobile Passport, stood for a few minutes behind three other people, and was quickly in front of an agent.
I almost hesitate to share this with you, because it is a great little secret that I don’t believe most people are taking advantage of! The app is free and is advertised at most of the larger entry points for foreign travel back into the United States.
The thing I love about this app is the ability to have a language downloaded and available offline. This is especially helpful if you are not using your data while traveling.
The app lets you type in text in English, and then it will translate it into the language of your choice. You can also use your camera to translate typed or handwritten text, and record conversations to translate.
I have used this app in Mexico, El Salvador, Italy, and Colombia.
Since I am not proficient in Italian or Spanish, this app has helped me to have conversations with people who are not proficient in English. The translation is not always completely accurate, but it sure has come in handy!
Can’t figure out how to convert US dollars to Colombian Pesos? Or any other form of currency?
This app makes it super simple to figure out how far your US dollars with go while purchasing items in a foreign country.
Just type in the price of an item in the foreign currency and the app immediately lets you know what the price is in US dollars. You can also do a reverse of the currency also.
What are your favorite travel apps?