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When you are travelling alone, your smartphone can be your best friend, caretaker, planner, and probably lifeline. All you need are the right apps. Here are five of them that could be of great help to you as a solo traveller, whether dealing with language barrier, getting around or managing finances. They may also aid your decision-making process, so that you can concentrate on the destination rather than trivial matters.

1 Google Translate

A language barrier can loom even larger as you have no companion to fill in the gaps in your vocabulary. If you travel somewhere they don’t understand your language, the ‘conversation mode’ of Google Translate app can make your interactions with locals more comprehensible. Make sure you adjust the lag time and prepare for some silly translations. Throwing in some hand gestures can make for a perfect communication strategy.

2 Airbnb

Did you check into an expensive hotel and realised that was not the idea behind backpacking or that you could have been at a better yet inexpensive place? The reason behind solo travelling is experiencing local culture. Hence, look for lodging options that offer an opportunity to meet and interact with local people. With Airbnb, you can find whatever you want or need — vans, castles, a bed in someone’s apartment or a whole guesthouse to yourself.

3 OneAssist

Travelling to a new place comes with its share of indulgence. But trying local cuisine or the joy of buying that memorabilia may soon evaporate if one were to misplace their wallets. If you are someone who likes to be safe than sorry, then OneAssist is for you. The app puts you in total control by offering assistance and protection for wallets in case of card frauds and theft.  With just one call, you can block all your cards. It also assists you with hotel bill settlement, return ticket arrangement and cash assistance of up to ₹ 25,000 anywhere in India so that you are never left stranded on an unfamiliar territory.

4 Tripadvisor City Guides

Goodbye, navigation troubles! Having maps for top cities like New York, Paris, Rome, Berlin, etc, allows you to pin all your locations and sights into a personal route. There is an offline option for those who hate running around the city looking for a decent WiFi connectivity.

5 Uber

You may get tired exploring the new city or get lost with no idea of your whereabouts. With Uber, have a cab at your service no matter in which part of the city you are. You don’t even have to worry about carrying cash to paying your bills. With an inbuilt mobile wallet, the payment is directly debited from your account with just a tap on your screen.

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