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Smartphone Travel Apps

In 2009 Auto Europe launched a mobile site for people looking to book a rental car from their smartphone. With so many people using smart phones these days, there are thousands of applications (programs for the phone, know as apps) to choose from. Apps are not only handy and generally easy to use, but will save you loads of space as well! There are some apps designed to make travel easier and more fun.  Here’s some examples of the kinds of apps you can download for your smart phone for your next vacation. I won’t go into specific apps, as they change constantly, but with a little searching you should be able to find something that works great for you next time you travel!

Our Favorite Travel Apps for Europe


A translator app can be a life saver! There are quite a few available at many different price ranges.  These can get as complex as you’re willing to pay for. Some will even speak the phrase for you so you can hear how it’s supposed to be said.  I’m used to carrying books around with me, so next time I head to Europe, this app will save some space.  There are also apps dedicated to actually helping you learn the language, not just get by.

Currency Converter
Pretty self explanatory, these apps convert currency amounts for you at the current exchange rate. Better than carrying a calculator.

I think this is the coolest app I found! Ever wanted to send someone a postcard on vacation? If you’re anything like me, you buy a whole bunch when you land, and then forget to send them before you leave. Some people are better at this than I, but for those of us who aren’t these postcard apps are for you. Here’s how it works: take a photo with your phone of something neat, write a brief message and designate who you want to send it to. The photo and message are sent to a 3rd party who then prints it out and mails it for you. This means, you can be in all your own postcards! I can’t wait to try this one out.

Location Games and Trivia
Scavenger hunts and trivia challenges are a great way to familiarize yourself with any city. Some of these look like so much fun!  Even regular games are a great way to pass the time on flights and train rides, just not while driving!

Of course, most smart phones come loaded with general mapping systems, but they won’t include subway maps. Thankfully, many major cities have interactive rail maps available for your smart phone. If you’re looking for turn by turn directions, the best choice right now would actually be to rent a GPS, as the apps for this feature are usually pretty pricey.

What are your favorite travel apps?

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