The Comfort of International Travel

Think of how many times day a person checks their smartphone. Now, think of the possible axiety of not having that phone for a few days. Parting with your device during your summer vacation and uncertainty over international charges can be unnerving. What’s a traveler to do?

New global roaming data pricing options mean consumers don’t have to leave their smartphones at home, so your vacation can be more enjoyable. Here are some fun apps that will give you peace of mind during your international vacation.

It’s About the Pictures: Nothing says vacation more than sharing a photo standing in front of the Coliseum. Instead of having to email hundreds of photos from your Droid, Instagram (recently added for Android) allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter and then share it on a variety of social networking services, including Instagram’s own network.

Learn Local History: Impress your travel companions by sharing the history of places anywhere around you by using Wikitude, a free augmented reality global travel guide. Simply hold up your smartphone, point it at local buildings and shops and you’ll be shown fun facts and history about the site.

Communicate with Locals: Translation services have come a long way. Services like Google Translator allow users to hold up their phone when another person speaks and the smartphone will translate the words into English.

Personalized Tour Guide: International tour guides can introduce travelers to places they’ve never seen before and wow them with local lore. Tour guide apps like mTrip take this to the next level by customizing the experience.  Just select the location, travel dates and visiting preferences and mTrip will populate a list of personalized experiences.