Nothing brings a traveler back down to earth at the end of the vacation like dealing with Customs. It’s a necessary evil, but man, wouldn’t it be nice to make it as painless as possible? The Mobile Passport app (valid for U.S. and Canadian passport holders only) can reduce your waiting time and get you home faster. It expedites the Customs process so you don’t have to wait in line for hours. Simply enter your basic passport information and answer a few questions about your trip. Once completed, you can skip the regular line when you arrive in the U.S. after traveling internationally and go to the Mobile Passport line.
Yes, there is a number of apps out there that can lead you to Wi-Fi hotspots, but WiFi Map is pretty comprehensive with insider information to save you a bundle on roaming fees. It shows you locations nearby that offer free Wi-Fi, along with the passwords for those hotspots. Even better, you can download free offline maps before you visit certain cities, so you can get Wi-Fi passwords even when your phone isn’t connected to the internet. You can also buy the premium version of the app for $4.99, which gives you access to more Wi-Fi spots in remote areas. When you think of what you’d pay in overseas fees, that really isn’t much to fork out for this kind of knowledge and access.
Free ($4.99 for premium)
When trying to navigate an unfamiliar city, you want as much assistance as possible. There are Google Maps and Citymapper, but they aren’t as comprehensive as they might be when it comes to local transit systems. Moovit is a powerful local transit app that constantly updates, so you won’t get lost or waste time waiting for a bus that’s not coming. Unlike apps like Google Maps, you won’t have to check your phone constantly during your subway, train, or bus ride since Moovit tells you exactly how many stops are left until you need to get off. You can even download offline maps, so you can use Moovit when your phone isn’t connected to the internet.
There is no doubt that the vegetarian and vegan movement is growing with every year. Restaurants are taking notice and including specialty dishes on their menus to accommodate these particular diners. When you’re in a new city or country, it’s often difficult to find a place to eat if you’re a vegetarian or vegan; enter the HappyCow app. HappyCow has a massive database of vegetarian, vegan, and healthy food spots around the world. You can use the map to find restaurants nearby or browse through hundreds of reviews. It takes the guesswork out of trying to locate one on your own, leaving you a lot more time to enjoy your vacation. Sorted!
Free on Android; $3.99 on iOS