Most people at our community of MTSU apartments are excited about Fall semester, Halloween and everything that goes with that. However, it’s more than likely that some of you are getting excited to travel abroad during for Spring semester. There’s truly nothing that can compare to a study abroad experience, so it’s understandable that you’d be more focused on that than the changing colors of the leaves, or what costume you’re going to wear this weekend.

 

This week’s blog is for those of you that can never be too prepared to travel. The post below is filled with useful information about some of the mobile apps you must have if you’re going to do a big study abroad trip next semester. Check out the apps below, and remember to share this link with anyone else at University Ridge who has travel plans!

App in the Air

 

Despite its weird name, this app will really come in handy when you find yourself in a foreign airport. Instead of frantically searching for signage and asking for directions in a language you barely understand, you can just pull up your App in the Air. This handy little app is filled with airport maps, flight information, and everything else you need on the day of your flight. Airports are, for the most part, confusing. This app is simple, and it’s got info on almost every airport in the world. Say goodbye to the nervous sweat you feel when you walk into a foreign airport knowing you only have 20 minutes to find your gate.

 

Citymapper

 

This free app is super useful if you want to explore a city beyond the normal tourist destinations. Citymapper is better than your favorite navigation app because it collects data from all the other map-based apps such as Yelp, Google, Uber, Apple Maps and Foursquare. Plus, you get reliable directions no matter what kind of transportation you’re using, including public transportation, cars, trains and walking. If you have plans to travel to an unfamiliar city, download Citymapper before you get there.

 

iTranslate

 

This app is simple, so we’ll keep the explanation short. This app is a must-have if you’re traveling country where the citizens speak a language you don’t understand. When you have this app open, you can speak english into the microphone and the app will translate what you said and play it back in another language. Have your conversation partner do the same thing, and watch as technology facilitates a conversation that would have otherwise never happened.

 

PackPoint

 

There’s no shame in downloading an app that help you pack. You’ll be the one laughing when you’ve got an umbrella over your head and your friends are soaking wet because they forgot to read the weather report. With PackPoint, you enter your destination, the length and dates of your trip, and it tells you what to bring. You can also tell PackPoint about the activities you’re going to be doing while on the trip, and it will tell you if you need to bring any extra items. PackPoint is like having your mom supervise your packing, but in a good way.  

 

That concludes our travel blog, residents! Thanks for taking some time out of your day to read the most recent edition of the University Ridge blog. We know some of you will be studying abroad soon, and we think these apps will help you make the most of your travels and relieve stress at the same time. If you liked this post, be sure to check out the next blog post from University Ridge when it goes live next week. Also, be sure to follow our social media accounts so you can stay in-the-know about everything happening at your community of apartments near MTSU.