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Working at an educational travel company comes in handy when planning a trip. The people here are an amazing resource for all travel-related questions and concerns. After my recent two-week European adventure (post about that coming soon!), I feel like I need to share some of the helpful information they bestowed upon me.

In this techie age we live in, I think my most helpful travel asset was my iPhone. All of the apps and websites available made planning and execution that much easier. After putting some coworker-recommended apps to use and poling the office for everyone’s favorites, below is a list of WorldStrides International Discovery staffer-approved travel apps.

Google Earth
Check out your destination from a bird’s eye view prior to traveling. See attractions in 3-D and figure out where your hotel falls in the grand layout of a city or town. Also a fun app to use in class or at a tour meeting to get students excited about the location.

Use this pocket audio guide to learn about the buildings, parks, and attractions as you pass by. The app uses GPS to track where you are and give you on-the-spot information. No more hefty guide books!

Easy organization for all your important travel documents. Just forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and they organize all of your data right on your phone or tablet. When traveling this is super handy – you can simply look at one master itinerary as opposed to wading through lots of individual emails from hotels, flights, car rentals, etc.

Smart Traveler
The official State Department app for U.S. travelers, Smart Traveler keeps you informed on all vaccination, passport, visa requirements, or other important information related to your upcoming travel. Definitely a must download!

Pinpoint flights and check their status easily on your phone. This app was invaluable this past January when flights were canceled due to winter weather. Allowed us to easily keep track of everyone and rebook them ASAP!

Google Translate
While we know most of our student travelers are almost fluent in the language of their destination of travel, Google Translate definitely comes in handy. In a pinch, use it to translate any language to English.

Packing Pro
Stay organized with this packing assistant. Make a packing checklist and use it for packing before you leave and to make sure you haven’t left anything behind while abroad.

Trip Lingo
Speak like a local with this language app. Get to know colloquial phrases prior to or on your journey to better your communication with the locals.

Oanda Currency Calculator
Another must download! While recently traveling to England and France, I had a pretty good idea what I was spending when using pounds or euros but at the Iceland airport during my layover I had no idea what 6000 krona equated to in U.S. dollars. This app doesn’t require WiFi so I was easily able to pull up the conversions.

City Walks
This app allows you to download maps and walking tours to your phone that you can use through your phone’s GPS – no WiFi necessary. You can either use their free versions or, for a $1 or $2 more, download others. This app came in very handy when I couldn’t find my hotel in London!

Have you used any of the apps above? Or do you have any that you absolutely love? Share them below!

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