Traveling around the world can be one of the most thrilling experiences a person will have in their lifetime. The idea of immersing yourself in a new culture is exciting and at the same time can be nerve-wracking. As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, we can continue to receive new ways to help enhance our travel. With thousands of apps at our disposal, there are plenty that encourages those interested in traveling internationally. Going to a new country for the first time can be challenging. Here are some apps that are essential for the tech-savvy world traveler.

 

Viber/Whatsapp

 

These two message and calling apps are crucial for those traveling abroad. Both of the apps (which, bonus, are both free) allow you to freely communicate with loved ones back home during your travels. Viber and Whatsapp allow both messaging and calling to anyone else who also has the app at no additional charge. If you get an international phone plan, you can use your phone as you would at home but these apps are both accessible for those choosing to only use Wi-Fi.

 

Entrain

 

Personally, I could have used this app many times during my international travel. One of the hardest parts of traveling abroad is adapting to the different time zones. For those who visit multiple time zones on their trip, getting acquainted with the difference can often hinder your plans due to exhaustion. Luckily the brilliant team at the University of Michigan developed Entrain, which guides you into new time zones with ease. It lets you know the best times to sleep and when to remain awake so that you can adjust as quickly as possible to the new environment.

 

Foodspotting

 

This app is a necessity for foodies and those who are visual. Foodspotting allows users to see the various meal options at different restaurants in the form of pictures. While a good description of a food can help, a picture speaks volumes and can show diners exactly what they are in for. The user-friendly app allows a breakdown by neighborhood and can help and foodie pick their next Instagram-worthy meal.

 

When it comes to international travel, being prepared is one of the most crucial steps for a smooth trip. Without overusing your phone and taking in the sites, there are plenty of apps that can make for a better travel experience. Finding the ones that will best suit your goals while traveling will allow you to see the world exactly the way you envisioned.