Apps to bring along on your next vacation

Budgeting, General Money Topics, Saving
1 November, 2017

Make your time off more enjoyable and less stressful with these handy apps.

So you’re all set for your next trip? Make the best use of your smartphone while travelling, since it’s the one thing that you’ll definitely be carrying around all the time.

Investigate whether it’ll be a better deal to rent a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, activate a roaming data plan with your current mobile network or purchase a local SIM card. All of these have their pros and cons, so make sure you get the one that best suits your needs.

Want to find out ahead of time what the locals do? Download Periscope, an app developed by Twitter. There’s tons of local live streaming going on all the time showing you what’s fun around town, as well as providing dialogue about hot topics in the city, and you even get to send real-time messages for instant interactions. Also, download the apps for local expat magazines and local expat community groups. They’ll have more off-the-beaten-track information, and you might even get to know people already familiar with the city who can help show you around.

You’ll want to download a currency converter app to make sure you don’t overpay by doing the math wrong in your head, and to make sure you’re up to date with the exchange rate. Also, you’ll want to download a translation app to make sure you get a few phrases right. You’ll definitely impress the locals by being so street savvy!

Want to taste all the local cuisine? Download local food delivery apps like Deliveroo, Foodpanda or UberEats, and get the best dish from every restaurant delivered to you at one go. Like to dine out? There are also local restaurant apps such as Openrice or Opentable where you can check out what others think of the restaurants, and find out their most popular dish.

Travelling by transit? Download a local transportation app (bus, subway, ferry, train) to make sure you get on and off at the right stop, and know when to get there with their real-time scheduling. Also, you’ll want to get a car share app if you want to be driving around town, and a taxi app to book taxis ahead of time so you don’t have to stand around waiting for a cab.

Whether you’re driving or walking, make sure you get a maps app like Google Maps or Waze to show you how to get to your destination safely and quickly.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of CPA Alberta, CPA Education Foundation or CPA Canada.

Written by: Gillian Chu, CPA, CA

Sourced from: CPA Canada