Travel Tech

Travel Tech

MAPS

  • google maps & maps.me
    • I use both of these apps to get directions when I do not have cell service or wifi. Download and save large areas in these apps before your trip and you’ll have GPS sans cell service or wifi. Both are free.

COMMUNICATION

  • Texting: Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp
    • Text anyone anywhere, free.
  • Calling: Google hangouts (usually requires wifi)
    • I have used this app to make calls from Mexico to the US and so far all of my calls have been free.
  • Facetime (usually requires wifi)
    • FaceTime is a great free way to video call someone, free.
  • Skype (Usually requires wifi)
    • I have heard this is a low cost way to make video calls to other countries but I haven’t tried it.

TRAVEL

  • Couchsurfing
    • Stay with locals, free! The CS community is full of wonderful, kind and nice people.
  • Skyscanner
    • Search the cheapest flights to your destination, free.
  • Blablacar
    • Carpool between cities for half the cost of the bus! I have only used this app so far in Mexico. The app itself is free.
  • Uber
    • Dependable and efficient; cheap depending on where you are. App itself is free.

LANGUAGE

  • Google translator
    • Translates voice and text messages, free.
  • Duolingo
    • Become fluent in another language, free
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