By Kaitlynn Miller

Published on April 7, 2015

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We all love the beauty, wonder, and excitement that comes along with traveling to a new destination, however, a lot of overwhelming confusion can stem from this experience as well. You may not know the native language or perhaps you just can’t seem to keep track of all those important travel papers, but that’s where these helpful resources come in! The following apps can help ease your worries and keep that wanderlust spirit alive.

KEEP IN CONTACT

whatsapp

Whether you’re trying to stay connected to new friends you’ve met along the way or want to keep in touch with the folks back home, Whatsapp is a must. Because it uses the same internet data plan you use for email and web browsing, this app is the perfect way to stay connected without running up a large phone bill in roaming fees. For even more convenience, it’s available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia, which means you’re able to contact virtually anyone with a smart phone!

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STAY ORGANIZED

tripit

Keep all your important travel confirmations in one place with this amazing app. All you have to do is forward your confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and they convert all your information into a detailed master itinerary (Includes dates, times, confirmation numbers, maps, weather, and more). The best part is that you can get access to this itinerary 24/7 on any device (even offline) so you never have to fear being unprepared.

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KNOW WHAT YOU’RE PAYING

oanda

Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to get ripped off in a foreign country, but this currency converter app makes it easy to know exactly what you should be paying. For more than 190 currencies, this app filters rates on a daily basis based on information from leading market contributors, so you know it’s the most up to date and accurate data.

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KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS

aroundme

Whether you’re looking for a close-by restaurant, bank, gas station, or other important destinations, everything is right at your fingertips! AroundMe gives you access to local information, so you never have to waste time roaming the streets for what you’re looking for.

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BREAK DOWN THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

itranslate

Don’t be scared to fully immerse yourself in the culture. This app can translate 80+ languages, so you’re sure to be supported on every adventure. You are given the ability to translate words, phrases, and text, so you never have to worry about a miscommunication with the locals and can converse with them worry-free