This is the second part of my Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers mini-series. If you would like to have a look at part 1, click here – Android Apps for Travel.
Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 2
Tripadvisor City Guides – Of all the Android apps for travel that I have tried over the last year, the Tripadvisor City Guides have really stood out. There is a guide available for the major cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Central and South America, and the Middle East and Africa, with more being added. Once downloaded onto your Android device, you then have what amounts to an interactive guidebook in the palm of your hands. In a way, the information side reminds me a lot of the old Berlitz guides (anyone else remember them?). Add onto that a map which can provide directions to the nearest places of interest, restaurants and accommodation, as well as hundreds of reviews, and you have what amounts to an indispensable tool. Other features enable you to leave reviews of places you have visited, and sync your trip with Facebook. I have used the Dublin one, and have downloaded the Athens one for my TBEX trip in October 2014. Best of all, its free!
XE Currency Converter – Whether out on the road, or back at home writing about a trip, travel bloggers frequently need the ability to compare currencies. It's always good to check just how cheap something was (or wasn't)! XE also provides historical charts, so you can see how currencies compared with each other over day, week, month and yearly periods. Predicting currency exchange rates is beyond me, but the historical charts might help some people decide when the best time to exchange a currency might be.
Google Translate – When Google do something, they really do it! Translation programs and apps have come on a long way in the last few years, and Google Translate is about as good as it currently gets. Translations are available between all the major languages of the world, meaning that communication whilst in a foreign country is made that much easier. Sentences can be translated after either typing them in, speaking them, using the handwriting recognition or more impressively by taking a photo and translating text. No more half guessing what a menu is saying in a country where the language is not your own! Another handy feature, is that it allows you to download language packs for when there is no data connection. All in all, this is one of the essential apps for travel bloggers to include on their Android devices.
A VPN – Now, I am not recommending a particular app at the moment, although I have recently been given the opportunity to test one out. A VPN basically helps to secure your privacy when you are online. It can also help you to watch TV programs that are blocked in certain countries, as well as stop people intercepting data over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. If you would like some more information on VPN's, here's an old article I wrote a few months ago – Reasons to Use a VPN When Travelling.