I bet everyone reading this owns a smartphone, whether it’s an Android, Apple or Window device, there are apps on there that you rely heavily on for your day-to-day activities.

But there are probably a few apps out there that you may not have come across, but really should. They can be life-changing for those who love (or have to) travel.

Here’s a list of the best travel apps to help you get around, surf safely, chat freely, and so much more.

TripIt

TripIt allows you to save all the details of your vacation all in one place. You can store confirmation emails, documents and calendars—everything is added to your master itinerary. There’s a free version and a Pro (the Pro has a few extra features).

Smart Traveler

Smart Traveler is a free app from the official State Department for U.S. travelers. It provides you with information about the country you’re heading to, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations and more. Stay alert and travel without ever thinking twice about your safety!

Duolingo

Duolingo will help you with your language stills. Get around with the basic phrases while learning a new language at the same time. Two languages (or more) are always better than one! 😉

MetrO

MetrO gives you the ability to find the right form of public transportation. You can use the app for many cities around the globe. Don’t pay high prices for taxis and drivers, take a spin around the city like a local, on the metro!

Whatsapp

WhatsApp is a great app for those who don’t have, or don’t want to use, their cellular data abroad. It will give you the ability to call and text over Wifi so that you don’t lose contact with your friends and family, no matter where you are.

SnapShot Postcard

SnapShot Postcard is the new age postcard design app. You can now snap a photo on your phone, personalize it, print it, and send it to your friends and family. Postcards don’t have to be boring any more—make it unique, make it you!

Hotspot Shield VPN

Keep your phone safe from hackers with the Hotspot Shield VPN. It’s a virtual private network (VPN) that allows you to not only browse the web safely (especially if you’re on public Wifi), but also access websites that may be restricted. Have you ever tried to access Facebook in China? Without a VPN, it’s impossible. The free version has ads, but the ad-free version offers you faster servers, and is available for US$29.99 a year.

Units Plus

Units Plus is an awesome free currency and units converter. While the app is open, it downloads currency exchange rates every 15 minutes, continuously staying up-to-date. It will also convert weight, volume, area, distance and almost anything else you can think of. The free version has ads, but the ad-free version can be purchased for US$2.99.

What are you favorite apps? Do you have one you constantly use while you’re abroad?

Happy traveling!