Even in this increasingly-connected world, there are plenty of times on the road when you can't get online. While travelling in India or abroad having access to cell data gets often difficult, expensive or slow. There are dozens of travel apps that don't need a real-time data connection to plan your itineraries at any point in time.
Here are five best offline apps that will help your travel experience more interesting:
Here WeGo: Originally developed by Nokia, Here WeGo is likely the best offline navigation app out there. Unlike Google's offering, it can give directions for walking, cycling, and public transit even while offline, and downloading map data for entire regions or countries is very straightforward. Directions are generally accurate, although when you're offline, it helps to have the exact address of the place you're going, not just a name.
Travkart: One of the most interesting features of this app is Immediate Selling Point (ISP). This unique feature of the app guarantees that starting from the time of booking and until the tour is complete, app users receive real-time notifications about the all the special offers, best deals and any latest events or news about their chosen destination. The feature also works offline while travellers are on tour, helping them retrieve booking details and confirmations, access itineraries, and details whenever they want.
Google Translator: When it comes to translation, Google Translate is the stand-out performer. Both the iOS and Android versions let you download 50+ different language packs, allowing for quick translation of words and phrases when on the move. While offline, you can either type in the words you'd like to translate, or just point your phone camera at a menu, sign, or other printed material. If you're travelling somewhere you don't speak the language, it's an absolute godsend.
Podcasts: Podcasts are a wonderful way to kill time on long journeys and there has been a renaissance in the medium in recent years. The Podcast App lets you choose from more than 300.000 Podcasts and 20.000.000 episodes. You can easily find and manage the most popular podcasts. Enjoy learning, comedy, inspiration and stories through Podcast Listening. You can listen to This American Life podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Stuff you should know, Serial and Hidden Brain.
ICE: In case of emergency: One of the most useful App is In Case of Emergency (ICE). It lets you enter all of your health information (allergies and conditions, travel insurance, medications etc) in one place that can then be shown on demand to anyone that needs it. There's even a lock screen widget for Android that will display this information to first responders and doctors if you aren't able to....