This is a sponsored post from IHG Business Advantage
Let’s face it, when you’re constantly on the road, gadgets and apps make things a lot easier for frequent travelers. Although we consider ourselves still the same old scruffy backpackers, since we decided to go full time on our blog and become digital nomads, our travel gadgets became even more important. From our trusty laptops to the standard apps that we have on our phones which make life so much more easier.
I personally love apps! They’re practical and always makes everything so much more convenient. When on the road, we use apps almost on a daily basis! Here are a few of our favourite ones which makes traveling so much easier.
Currency XE Converter
When you’re jumping from one currency to the next, it’s hard to keep track of how much things are. Although Tom is like a walking human calculator, when he’s not with me, I rely on my trusty XE converter. Not only is it regularly updated, it also works offline. You can also store up to 10 currencies and pin your preferred currency on top.
Although there are a lot of apps out there to help track your spending, I personally love trail wallet. It’s an app made by travelers, for travelers. You can create trips and customize what currency you what your trip to be based on, set a budget and as you input your expenses and set categories to see where your money really goes. They also make it very easy to export your data in an excel spreadsheet if needed. You also get alerts if you’re going a bit over budget and words of encouragement if you’re being a thrifty spender!
Because I am completely useless when it comes to directions, I can’t live without maps! Although Waze or Google Maps come in mind, they both need wifi which we know is hard to come by when traveling. When I was in Europe, I used the app Here. Here works perfectly without wifi as long as you pre load your destination map beforehand. The blue GPS dot will become your new best friend as it navigates you around different places while also providing public transit maps.
Naturally, no list will be complete without the ever so trusted Skyscanner. Although Google Flights is slowly becoming my go to when it comes to finding cheap deals. The Skyscanner App makes it easy for people to navigate, search, and book flights. The option to search for flights for an entire month makes it easy to plan around good deals.
P.S. click here to download the Skyscanner App. Trust me, it’s awesome!
Rome 2 Rio
When I first found out about this app, I immediately fell in love. I would use both the online version and the app itself as it was fairly accurate in describing how to get from one point to the next. The information on public transportation even for obscure places like Sumatra is quite impressive. Although I never personally booked anything through the Rome 2 Rio App, I use it to help me research on my transportation options.
Naturally, for every traveler out there, a camera (or at least a good camera phone) is a must! We currently travel with an old school Nikon Dx40 and a GoPro Hero 3+. Although not the latest of gears, these two allow us to capture stunning moments during our trip as well as our underwater adventures.
Powerbanks are a heaven sent for every digital nomad (and Iphone user!). They specially come in handy during long 30 hour bus rides or when you’re in the middle of the nowhere. We use our powerbank to charge our go pro, phones, and small digital cameras.
Travel Adaptor for Multiple Devices
Having an adaptor for multiple devices is a MUST! When staying in hostels which normally have just one plug, charging all your devices can be a nightmare. We came across an interesting article from IHG Business Advantage which featured various business travel gadgets and this one is our top pick!
As much as I would like to say we use our hard drive for all sorts of travel blog stuff, I would be lying. Our hard drive is currently being used for one thing only. Storing Movies. Every time we meet other travelers, we often ask if they want to do a music or movie swap with us as we usually prefer just watching a film rather than a night out after a full day of traveling.
For us digital nomads, a laptop or an iPad is something that we need to have. We both have Macbook Airs which are light and easy to carry around. Between our computers and iPads, we can edit photos, videos, write articles, and keep up to date with our blog.
Looking for other tips on apps and gadgets? Check out our other articles
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