Hey Skint pals,
I’m back! After a humdinger of a holiday in France I’ve returned to find that Glasgow’s glorious – waaaaaay sunnier than France was actually, and with the Commonwealth Games kicking off in the city today the place is in full party mode. Everywhere I turn there’s someone walking along with a map, or a flag, or an ice-cream – Glasgow’s looking great this week.
So, in the interests of Commonwealth spirit, I’m sharing three apps that made my holiday better. For those of you still with your summer hols to look forward to, and for those of you visiting Britain from overseas this summer – these apps work well anywhere and save you money in any language!
1. For help with the local lingo
Ever tried to decipher charges in a foreign language and meekly given up, simply handing over your largest note instead? I have. That’s why I found Word Lens Translator a genius app and a real holiday essential. It’s free on Apple and Android devices too, and basically translates anything using just your phone’s camera – point your phone at the nonsense word and wait for the app to translate it. You need never point your finger blindly at something on a menu and hope for the best!
At the moment, the app translates between English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian, and it’s free for both Apple and Android users. No internet connection is needed for the app either, meaning it won’t drive up your overseas phone bills.
2. Slash roaming charges
Talking of phone bills, Roamer is a brand new app that allows you to bring your own phone number along with you around the world. When you’re ready to travel, you tell Roamer you phone number. Any calls to you are then forwarded to a local number in the country you’re visiting and you answer them just as you would at home, paying local rates instead of exorbitant roaming ones.
3. Get sat-nav for free
Navfree is a nifty, free app which transforms your phone into a GPS smartphone into a sat-nav, with pre-loaded maps, route planning and voice prompts. And, like the translator app, it doesn’t need any internet data to find routes – putting it ahead of Google Maps in my book. Download it before you go, work out your routes and store them in your phone. Ok so it’s not as bells-and-whistles as high-end sat-navs but it does a good job and it’s free I tell you, FREE!
Any money-saving holiday apps you’d like to share with us, Skint pals? Or any humdinger holiday bargains?