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The Top 5 Best Travel Apps for Study Abroad Students


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Studying abroad should be exciting, not stressful, but when it comes to everything from packing and preparing for your trip to not knowing where to go when you get there, it can get a little overwhelming.

Earlier this week, we showed you our top 5 favorite fashion apps, and now we’re back with more! Below, we’ve compiled the five best apps for study abroad, with picks that will keep you organized, safe, and secure. That way, you can focus on the adventure that awaits!

1. TravelSafe Pro

TravelSafe Pro App

You may know exactly what to do if an emergency happens at home, but what if something goes wrong abroad? TravelSafe Pro compiles all emergency contact numbers and embassy addresses for your specified country. So, if you run into trouble (even though it’s unlikely!), you won’t waste any time Googling the info you need.

$1.29, available on Android 

2. Lemon Wallet

Lemon wallet

Think of Lemon Wallet as a digital version of your wallet – save all your card details, insurance info, and driver’s license without worrying about losing your actual cards! In addition, there’s plenty of upgrades that let you create budgets, track your spending, and make payments online from your virtual wallet.

It’s a great way to make sure you don’t drop your wallet or misplace your credit card while on a night out. Plus, if you only have cash to spend, you’ll be less likely to go over budget!

Free, available on Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone 

3. Private Wifi

Private wifi app

One of the great things about traveling abroad is all the free WiFi – from airports to coffee shops to train stations, you can find it almost anywhere. The downside? All these unprotected signals can leave your information vulnerable to hackers.

Private WiFi runs in the background of your device and makes you invisible online. That means you can use all the free WiFi you want, while protecting your bank details, private emails, and even your Facebook password!

Free (with monthly subscription of $9.95 per month), available on iPhone or iPad, with Android and Windows Phone versions coming soon

4. JetLag Genie

Jetlag genie app

If you haven’t done a lot of long-haul traveling, the time changes can be a serious buzz kill. Instead of arriving ready to explore your new home, you might feel more ready to sleep for, well, ever.

The solution? Download JetLag Genie before your flight and get a customized plan based on your destination and your normal bedtime routine. It’ll tell you when to get to sleep and how to plan your sleep when you arrive so you’re always feeling rested and refreshed.

$2.99, available on iPhone and iPad

5. Packing Pro

Packing pro app

Getting stressed at the thought of packing for a semester abroad in a country you’ve never visited? It’s hard to know what exactly to take with you! Though it’s tempting to pack every single pair of shoes you own, it might not be the best use of your backpack space.

If you need to get organized, Packing Pro lets you input where you’re going, how many people you’re packing for, and what the weather will be like, then it will give you a personalized packing guide. It’s good for making sure you remember to pack your phone charger instead of another pair of yoga pants!

$2.99, available on iPhone and iPad

Your thoughts?

What are your favorite travel apps? Are you studying abroad this year? Do you already have any of these apps? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

Posted on on September 29, 2013 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , ,

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6 Responses to “The Top 5 Best Travel Apps for Study Abroad Students”

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    September 29th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I realize I’m probably in the vast, vast, vast VAST minority here, but I don’t have an app-friendly device, and these are just making me a teeny bit sad. They’re probably awesome for most people, but maybe tone it down just a tiny bit?
    (Also, I travelled Europe without a smart device this summer, and it is very difficult. Anyone travelling, I highly recommend having something, it doesn’t have to be hooked in, or able to get apps, but get something that can hook up to the internet. It will make your life sooo much easier.

  2. 2
    September 29th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    hmmm… Lemon Wallet sure has access to “all your card details, insurance info, and driver’s license”? That sounds like a bad idea…

  3. 3
    September 30th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    i agree with cassie. even though you put private wifi write below it, it seems kind of pointless when one app has all your card information, bank accounts, etc.

  4. 4
    September 30th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    right* sorry, can’t spell today

  5. 5
    September 30th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    My favorite travel app is City maps!

  6. 6
    September 30th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I liked #1 and #2, but the rest seemed kinda pointless to me.

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