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18 Must-Have Travel Apps For Traveling Abroad

18 Must-Have Travel Apps For Traveling Abroad

If you’re like me, you sure want to have all the practical information handy way before you land in a new country. And even though you might have visited it before, you certainly didn’t get the chance to see all the places that are to be seen. Unless you’re Chris Guillebeau. Travel apps are always your best friend in this case.

Want to go to a certain restaurant because one of your friends tweeted the picture of the most perfect, yummiest dish you’re craving? Or check out that gallery that’s running a timely exhibit of your favorite artist? Or maybe there’s a particular running route you want to cover within the next few days after you reach your destination? All of them are on these high-tech apps whenever you need them.

So, before you pack your bags and see the world, check out this list of travel apps that should anticipate all your on-the-road needs.

1. Travel List

If you need a little help to pack properly and not forget your charger or toothbrush at home, the Travel List app helps you easily organize the items you’ll put in your suitcase. You can add a reminder for the things you have to pack at the last minute, so you’re all set before you leave. This app can also help you plan every stop of your trip and won’t let you miss out on anything. Add events to your calendar or set one-time or regular alerts. (Cost: $1.99; for iPhone)

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    2. FlightTrack Pro

    With more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines, FlightTrack Pro has got you covered. You can manage your international flights with real-time updates using zoomable maps. Updates on flight delays and cancellations are now at your fingertips. It also includes push flight alerts, Tripit, terminal maps and weather delays. (Cost: $9.99; for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry)

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      3. Trip It

      Your mobile trip planner, Trip It shows all your trip details at a glance: flights, hotels, car, map, directions—all in one place. You can sync your travel plans with your online or mobile calendar, share itineraries and post travel plans on your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. (Cost: free; for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone 7)

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        4. Kayak

        Kayak provides a fast comparison of hundreds of travel sites on your tablet or smartphone. Some of the features include comparing flight, hotel and car rental deals; booking your accommodation; tracking flight status; managing itineraries and accessing airline numbers and airport info. (Cost: free; for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, and Windows)

        KAYAK iphone

          5. Google Maps

          Taking Google Maps with you is one of the best options to explore new places. Traffic updates, public transit, city tours with 360-degree street views, plus a voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS navigation are merely some of the features this mobile app offers so you can navigate like a pro. (Cost: free; for iPhone and Android)

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            6. CityMaps2Go

            Pin your key locations as you pre-plan your route with CityMaps2Go. The app includes city guides for top cities (e.g. New York, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin etc.), offline maps, local tips from experts, millions of points of interest, and includes subway maps. (Cost: $2.99; for iPhone and Android)

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              7. GateGuru

              GateGuru helps you manage your full day of travel. You can navigate the app as you like. The Home screen gives you direct access to your AirportCard, already pre-populated with a list of the closest airports. You enter your itinerary and GateGuru connects the dots for you. Some of the relevant info a traveler can get are: airport food and amenity information customized to your arrival and departure terminal; airport weather; and airport maps and tips, which are useful if you’re in an unfamiliar airport. (Cost: free; for iOS, Android and Windows)

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                8. Seat Alerts

                How much do you hate that moment when you realize the plane to your favorite destination is full and the only available seats are the middle ones? Seat Alerts monitors the available seats until the flight’s departure. If a window or an aisle seat becomes available, the app alerts you and you can change your seat once you’re notified. You just need to get in touch with the airline you’ve booked the ticket with. (Cost: free for a single alert, 99 cents for additional alerts, from $4.99 for an Expertflyer.com account with up to 30 alerts; for iOS and Android)

                seat alerts iphone

                  9. WalkJogRun

                  If you’re a runner and want to stay in shape at your destination, WalkJogRun offers you a huge selection of the safest running routes in more than 1.6 million cities worldwide. Take advantage of the most accurate iPhone GPS and discover new routes while exercising without injury. There’s a training plan for everyone, from beginners to advanced walkers and runners. (Cost: $4.99; for iPhone)

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                    10. Google Translate

                    You won’t feel completely lost at your destination if you have access to Google Translate. You can either type into a word box or use the speaking option to translate a phrase. You can translate 58 languages in text and hear 23 languages worth of converted phrases. (Cost: free; for Android and iPhone/iPad)

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                      11. iStone Travel Translation

                      This is another app that will help you not get lost in translation. Equipped with more than 300 useful phrases in 12 languages, it quickly comes up with the correct expression. (Cost: free for basic version, full versions of languages require in-app purchases; for iOS)

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                        12. Foodspotting

                        With Foodspotting you can find the dishes you crave the most in any restaurant, from dumplings to the juiciest burgers. The photos, at least, are totally to die for! Learn from what your friends, experts and foodspotters love to eat and share. (Cost: free; for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry)

                        Foodspotting iphone

                          13. Chefs Feed

                          Chefs Feed offers the top chefs’ recommendations on the best restaurants and dishes in London, Canada and the US. Mouth-watering photos and competent advice for every foodie out there. (Cost: free; for iPhone)

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                            14. Mint

                            With Mint you can easily organize your finances, keep an eye on your travel budget and track your expenses during your trip. It’s absolutely safe and secure. That because it’s a “read-only” service, which means that you can’t move funds between accounts, and neither can anybody else. (Cost: free; for Android and iPhone/iPad)

                            Mint iphone

                              15. Oanda Currency Converter

                              Oanda uses an easy interface that gives you access to daily filtered rates for more than 190 currencies, which are used by corporations, tax authorities, auditing firms, and financial institutions. The app keeps frequently used currencies on quick access and uses a big-button keypad to quickly enter conversion amounts. Besides that, you can use the Interbank rates, which are seldom available to the general public. (Cost: free; for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad and Windows)

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                                16. ICE

                                In case of emergency, ICE gets you covered. The last thing you’d want to happen to you when you travel abroad is to have any medical issues. But, just in case, the app keeps details about your medical conditions, your doctor’s primary contact details and insurance information that can be accessed even if your phone is locked. Among other features, it also translates the stored information in 10 different languages. (Cost: $3.99; for Android)

                                ICE for android

                                  17. Pocket First Aid and CPR

                                  To complement ICE, American Heart Association’s Pocket First Aid and CPR app is worthy of being added to this list. It provides clear instructions to care for you and your loved ones. It’s easy to use and saves your medical information for fast retrieval. And you can review first aid procedures anytime, anywhere. Besides that, this is the app that saved someone’s life in the Haiti earthquake. (Cost: $1.99 for Android and iPhone/iPad)

                                  Pocket FA and CPR iphone

                                    18. WhatsApp Messenger

                                    Last but not least, stay in touch with your friends and family while you’re on the road exchanging real-time messages without paying for SMS. All you need is a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. (Cost: free; for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows phone)

                                    WhatsApp iphone

                                      That said, safe travels wherever you’re headed to!

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                                      How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                      How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                      Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                      Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                      So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                      6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                      When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                      1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                      Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                      To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                      In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                      • Microsoft Excel
                                      • Microsoft Access
                                      • Statistics
                                      • Data Analytics
                                      • Adobe Campaign
                                      • Quickbooks
                                      • XML Database management system
                                      • Filemaker Pro
                                      • MATLAB
                                      • Hive
                                      • FORTRAN
                                      • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                      • SAS

                                      2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                      Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                      Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                      • Content Management System (CMS)
                                      • Google Analytics
                                      • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                      • Email Marketing
                                      • Web Page Design
                                      • WordPress
                                      • Digital Media
                                      • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                      • Campaign Management Software

                                      3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                      A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                      • Adobe Photoshop
                                      • Adobe InDesign
                                      • Adobe Illustrator
                                      • AutoCAD
                                      • CorelDRAW
                                      • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                      • Maya
                                      • Microsoft Word
                                      • Microsoft Publisher
                                      • Operating Digital Cameras

                                      4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                      The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                      To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                      • HTML
                                      • C/C++
                                      • Java
                                      • Python
                                      • XML
                                      • UI/UX
                                      • LINUX
                                      • CISC and RISC architecture
                                      • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                      • Memory Management
                                      • PCB Layout
                                      • SQL

                                      5. IT Troubleshooting

                                      Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                      So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                      • Backup management
                                      • Diagnostics
                                      • End User support
                                      • Client-Server management
                                      • Installation and configuration
                                      • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                      • System administration
                                      • Tech support

                                      6. Enterprise Systems

                                      Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                      Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                      The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                      Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                      Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                      Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                      1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                      a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                      Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                      Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                      b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                      This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                      c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                      Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                      Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                      2. Rule the Social Media World

                                      a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                      Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                      From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                      b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                      This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                      c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                      Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                      Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                      3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                      a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                      From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                      b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                      Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                      The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                      c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                      The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                      4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                      a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                      It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                      From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                      b. Canva Design School

                                      From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                      c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                      62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                      d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                      The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                      Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                      5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                      a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                      IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                      It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                      b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                      The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                      Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                      The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                      • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                      • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                      • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                      • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                      • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                      • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                      • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                      Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                      Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                      1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                      It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                      Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                      2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                      Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                      For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                      3. Look for Shortcuts

                                      Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                      4. Apply for an Internship

                                      Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                      By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                      The Bottom Line

                                      Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                      So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                      Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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