Traveling can be an exciting experience, an adventure you will never forget. And it can also be something you will want to forget if an unfortunate situation were to happen to you in a foreign environment. Travel safety is certainly something that should be on every traveler’s mind. From not flashing your cash to avoiding seedy characters, there are a number of things you can do to stay safe as you travel the globe. However, not everything can go according to plan. It is essential to always have a backup plan in your pocket if emergency strikes. To deal with emergencies and hiccups in the road on your travels, you will want to pack these three travel safety apps.
EmergenSee: If you want to travel with your own personal bodyguard, the EmergenSee app claims to be up to the task. EmergenSee works as a personal security system. With one tap of the app, if you find yourself in a bad situation, you can let pre-selected contacts know where you are and what is occurring. The app uses live video, audio and GPS tracking to let your emergency circle of contacts know if you need help on the road. Available for the iPhone and Android, the app is free to download.
Area Codes & Emergency Numbers: You don’t want to be searching for an emergency number in a foreign country when time is of the essence. One of my main travel safety tips is to always know the emergency numbers of the countries you are traveling to. This app makes it possible to have all of the emergency numbers you would need, organized by country. The Area Codes and Emergency Numbers app features the numbers for police, hospitals and the fire department in your selected country. It also features GPS technology to determine your positioning. The app costs $5.99 and is only available on the iPhone.
Google Translate: Plenty of unsafe scenarios can be blamed on lost in translation moments. A local is yelling at you or demanding payment and you have no clue what is being said. For example, a translator would have come in handy when I studied abroad in Sicily and went hiking with other students and our professor. We all met at the top of a canyon at our own pace, except all of the students encountered a scary police officer yelling in Italian on the other end. Turns out the canyon was closed that day and he was questioning our access. While our professor arrived and sorted it all out, it was a scary scenario nonetheless.
If you don’t speak the language where you are traveling, a travel safety app to have in your pocket should be of the language variety. The Google Translate app translates 80 languages, making it a well-rounded choice for travel. When you encounter those sticky situations, you can listen to your translations and even translate speech and handwriting. Google Translate is free to download and it is available for the iPhone and Android.
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