7 Best Mobile Apps to have while Travelling to Africa
Travelling abroad is both exciting and scary. Exciting because you will get to meet new people, see new scenery, cultures and health systems. But scary because of the uncertainty. Where will I sleep? What if I don’t understand their language? Where can I go during my free time? The questions are endless. At the end of it, you will only appreciate the chances you grabbed and will be glad you did. It is no wonder, Elective Africa ensures you get an extensive pre departure support and 24/7 unground support. Advancements in technology is also making it easier for you to have that dream trip experience. With your smart phone here are top seven mobile apps you can download to help you on your trip abroad
Google Trips made a name for itself in the travel space with their flight function. One can access reservations details by creating a Gmail account. They relative use of use has increased its popularity. In addition to offering suggestions to popular tourist’s destinations such as Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, it goes further and offer suggestions to off beaten attractions in Africa such as Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda.
Trip Advisor enables you to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 535 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide (accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants) you are ready for that trip.
Tinder is one of the most used travel app due to the innovation employed in its design. It might not be the most conventional way to meet people in a new city, but many use dating apps like Tinder to make connections while on the road. If the idea of meeting up with a stranger in a new locale is scary, it can also be a great tool to get a feeling for a place. For groups, the social feature allows groups of friends to connect with other groups over the app.
Guides App by Lonely Planet offers a great way to plan a trip to a new city. The app allows the user to download one for free before hitting the streets, so no need to use data if you’re traveling abroad. The app is known for budget travel recommendations and quirky cafes. Lonely Planet does an amazing of providing sightseeing suggestions as well as local hot spots. They have a bevy of local and expat authors writing for them, so their suggestions are well informed.
Google Maps makes your life even easier. And if you are afraid of getting lost like me, this could be your answer. Google Maps allows you to look at street maps, decide between routes, locate businesses and even navigate streets in 3D.
Google Translate – Even with your way around the city, sometimes language barrier can be such a headache. It’s even worse when things like restaurants and road signs are named in a language you are not familiar with. Google Translate is your talk partner. It instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages. What makes it even more interesting is it allows you to take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages. Voila! language barrier should be least of your worries.
Uber found its way to Africa. Moving around won’t be an issue. Uber currently operates in approximately 13 countries. Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda where we currently place our program participants are among the 13 countries. You can get your ride in minutes. It is however slightly expensive as compared to the public transport. You will however get all the comfort you need and less inconveniences.
There you have it as Freya Stark would put it “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”