8 Amazing Free Apps for Traveling Abroad

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Posted on 01/17/2014

Planning to travel abroad in 2014? Just because you can't use your Smartphone to call home while you're exploring new territory doesn't mean it won't be a useful travel companion. Here are some helpful, free apps you'll want to pack onto your phone before you go.

Viber
A major frustration for foreign travelers is not being able to use their cell phones overseas. Viber lets you make free calls, send texts and share pictures with anyone, on any devices, in any country. Download the free app and find Wi-Fi or 3G to make it work.


Skype
Skype is another free app that will help you communicate no matter where you are, as long as you've got an Internet connection. Make video calls, voice calls or send instant messages for free.


ATM Hunter
Finding cash in a strange city can sometimes be a challenge. The free ATM Hunter app helps you locate one of more than a million ATMs worldwide. Keep in mind that it only spotlights MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus ATMs.


Word Lens
You're in a restaurant in Portugal, trying to order a meal, but you can't read anything on the menu. That's where Word Lens can help. Snap a picture and the app will give you a translation on the go, no network required. Results appear immediately. While the app is free you'll have to pay for certain languages.


Around Me
Need to find the closest gas station, coffee shop or hospital? The free AroundMe app helps travelers complete more than 25 million searches like these every month in 200 countries. AroundMe is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.


Google Translate
Google Translate will help you break through language barriers by translating text between more than 70 languages. You can directly translate speech and handwriting. The free is app is available in the iTunes store and for Android devices.


XE Currency
Access exchange rates for every world currency and even precious metals through the free XE Currency app. Rates are refreshed every minute and you can quickly calculate prices with the currency converter. It's even useful offline by storing the last updated rates and converting prices when there's no Wi-Fi.


Hotel Tonight
Don't get suckered into paying too much for a hotel just because you're in a foreign country. The free Hotel Tonight app gives you quick access to last-minute hotel deals so you can book a bed securely from your Smartphone. Right now the app works in 16 countries including Austria, Hungary and Spain. With the app's help you'll be sleeping like a baby without overspending no matter where you rest head.


By Alison Storm


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