I recently traveled to Cyprus, and while abroad, my phone also died more times than I can count on one hand, forcing me to resort to manual navigation. To put the icing on the cake, I also had irregular access to the Internet and I seemed to have a problem using local review sites to find the best places eat. Despite all of this, I had a great time, but when I returned home I started wondering if there were tools to help travelers avoid situations like mine? The answer is yes, and I wish I’d had prior knowledge about them while traveling abroad. Check out these three ways designed to give travelers some peace of mind during their next trip overseas.
The idea of my phone dying while abroad is scary enough, and I thought I’d made a great investment when purchasing my external battery pack a few years ago for $100 — turns out, I wasn’t. While in Cyprus, I used a ton of battery and even managed to finish off my battery pack, forcing myself to manually navigate the city of Larnaca. Flux is only $30 and small enough to fit in your back pocket. The device takes roughly one hour to fully charge an iPhone, and just two more hours to fully charge phones with larger batteries.
You can purchase or rent this device, which is available for use in more than 100 countries. Skyroam helps users avoid potentially expensive and unnecessary fees associated with international roaming and allows you to connect up to five devices simultaneously. Skyroam can also be used for short-term or long-term travel, and is even available in some airports. Skyroam is also simpler than other devices, and has a long-lasting battery life. Skyroam’s devices retail online for $100, which is a great value if you’re a frequent traveler or just use up a ton of data while in your home country
One of Skyroam’s best features is, it lets users avoid international roaming fees, which can be much pricier than purchasing or renting a device.
As a foodie, it is extremely important for me to have the best food options while abroad. That’s why Karta GPS is so incredibly valuable. The app eliminates the need to sift through pages and pages of results of a broad web search like: “best burgers near me.” The app gathers reviews from Yelp and Foursquare to give just a few of the best options, and not hundreds of options on ten different pages.
The app doesn’t just curate the best restaurants, it also has a great navigation feature that uses crowd sourced maps, and provides traffic and speed camera data to find the best route for travelers, which works offline as well.
For your next international trek, be sure to check out these apps and devices to maximize your enjoyment and reduce your stress level! We all know there’s nothing worse than a dead phone while trying to snap an in-the-moment shot or eating terrible food because you were tired of filtering through restaurants and picked the closest one.