6 must-have apps when traveling abroad

Smart Communications

Posted at Apr 27 2017 02:54 PM | Updated as of May 03 2017 03:54 PM

MANILA -- Traveling abroad to meet new people and learn about their culture is simply the best form of education -- and the most fun, too.

But going on vacation does not mean that you have to leave all your responsibilities behind. You still have to check your inbox once in a while for some important email from work, and update your loved ones and let them know that you're safe. Of course, you also can’t wait to show off your #OOTD at some postcard-perfect location for some humble-brag post because you’re #blessed.

Thankfully, there are apps that makes communication a whole lot easier and faster. Here are some:

Google Map

The good news is that we no longer have to bring an actual map when travelling to unfamiliar places. As long as you have a mobile phone with Google Map app installed, you're good to go!

Google Map will help you virtually navigate a specific city, helping you spot the exact location of the restaurant you want to dine in or the tourist spot you want to check out.


With its new features, Instagram is now a very effective photo publishing and communication platform. You can now use it to send and receive messages from people, just like Facebook messenger.

Apart from that, Instagram now has "Stories" and "live video" functions that allow you to take short clips and videos of your travel and share them with your followers. And, of course, nothing beats Instagram's classic filters.


As much as you want to disconnect from work, there are important emails that need your attention.

Responding to important emails from your boss and colleagues will prove your commitment to your job or project you're involved in. Aside from that, your inbox also contains a copy of your itinerary and other bookings. Better be ready to show it when someone asks for it.

Google Translate

Not everyone can speak English. That's why you should get acquainted with the most commonly used phrases using Google Translate. Aside from learning a new language, this will surely give you an edge when you haggle for that souvenir or when asking for directions if ever you get lost.


At the end of a long day, you'd surely want to talk to your friends and loved ones to tell them about your trips and update them your whereabouts. Viber allows you to send messages, call, and video chat. It's a handy app that helps you connect with the people who matter.


Dubbed as the world's largest travel website, TripAdvisor claims to have over 500 million unbiased traveler reviews. It contains information and links to flights, hotels, restaurants, and even activities available in certain places.

TripAdvisor is also a helpful crowd-sourcing guide on which places are really worth visiting.

Do you have these apps installed in your mobile phone? Surely, you're ready to fly abroad! But take note that these won't work without Internet.

Good thing, there's Smart Travel WiFi! This handy device features a high-speed, non-stop internet connection and can connect up to five devices.

Smart Travel WiFi enables you stay connected with your loved ones and colleagues, ensuring a hassle-free vacation. For as low as P390 a day, Smart Travel WiFi is currently available in over 100 countries. To learn more about this service, click here.

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