There are some people who buy traveller SIM cards whenever they travel. However, these are expensive depending on the country you’re visiting. Here are some tips for those of you travelling without roaming and on a budget.
1. DOWNLOAD OFFLINE DICTIONARY
Language barrier is no longer a concern when travelling in a country that speaks a different language as you do. You can always download the offline packs of the required language ahead of time on google translate.
- Go to Settings of the Google Translate app, and select Manage Offline Languages.
- From there, download the offline dictionary of your choice.
- Instant Offline Languages is also avaliable offline for some languages such as Dutch, Thai, Polish etc. With this function, texts are translated instantaneously just by focusing the camera on the texts you want to translate.
Apart from Google Translate, Babbel, Duolingo and iTranslate are some other apps with similar offline functions.
2. ORGANISE YOUR SCREENSHOTS
It may be a good idea to use apps such as Google Keep, S Note or EverNote to help organise screenshots that you have of places and/or activities that you would like to do during your trip. This beats scrolling through your photo gallery or trying to get connected to the Internet to retrieve information. Combine your plans and comments with snippets and screenshots of articles, blogs, reviews, confirmations and your personalized offline travel guide is created.
3. SAVE USEFUL SITES AS PDF DOCUMENTS
If you happen to have a website that it loaded with useful information, you may want to consider saving the entire webpage as PDF document instead of taking countless screenshots. With this you can readily access information on that webpage offline.
4. EXPLORE PLANNING APPS
There are many planning apps out there such as TripIt and TripCase that organises all your essential travel information. Your travel itineraries can be synced with your calendar and be made available offline.
5. LOAD GOOGLE MAPS IN ADVANCE
It may still be new to some that GPS does not actually rely on your data. With your Location setting enabled on your phone, you will be able to track your location on Google Maps. You can get your way around by dropping pins on places that you will be/want to visit. Navigate your way using the GPS and you will never lose your way.
If you are planning to do a lot of walking, you may prefer to load offline maps ahead of time. To do so, simply enter “Ok Maps” into the search bar of Google Maps, and hit search. From there you will be able to select the area that you would like to download. The loaded offline maps can be all found under your Offline Areas.
Alternatively, you can preload your maps while you have wifi and it will stay saved in your phone. Just remember to zoom in enough to capture the details. You can also save your maps as screenshots for easy retrieval.
6. LEVERAGE ON WIFI HOTSPOTS
Apps like WiFi Fnder, WiFi Maps, Swift WiFi and more provide information on free WiFi hotspots, as well as passwords to some of the secured networks nearby.