It’s no secret that the process of moving abroad can be tough as it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the things you have to do in order to get settled. Fortunately, today’s expats have the technology to support them with hundreds of apps specifically designed to help travelers and emigrants. But which ones are the best? This list from Hansen & Company lays out a handy list of eight indispensable apps which you can use to develop language skills, navigate your way around, stay safe and make friends.
Duolingo is a quick and easy way to squeeze in language practice. In fact, just 34 hours’ worth of its bite-sized lessons are equivalent to one semester of university-level education. For more advanced speakers, we recommend Tandem – a language app that pairs you up with a native speaker so you can practice your conversation skills.
There are plenty of options if you would like to supplement Google Maps with something more specialized. Those who use public transport regularly may want to download Moovit, whereas drivers may find Waze useful. Just be sure before downloading that the app will work in your new home.
Making friends in a new country can be difficult, however, apps offer a stress-free way to find people in your area with similar interests. Some of our favorites include MeetUp and CitySocialiser.
In unfamiliar territory, it’s important to take some precautions to keep yourself safe. TripWhistle SOS is a great tool for travelers as it allows you to easily and quickly access emergency numbers for the majority of countries across the world. In terms of protecting your valuables, you can’t do better than Prey Anti-Theft which is specifically designed to guard your electronic devices against theft.
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