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The more diligent and sensible travellers among us will budget their trip to ensure that they don't break the bank, but even if you're motivated enough to keep a budget, let's face it; it's boring and it wastes precious fun time.
Piggie allows you to favourite expenses like transport or accommodation, so that adding a cab fare or that third round of cocktails is as easy as a few taps of the screen. If your trip takes you across borders, then Piggie will let you switch currencies to keep your countries separate. There are graphs to let you see what categories of expenses are costing you the most — assuming you want to see what percentage of your budget is alcohol.
XE Currency Converter
iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry
Let's face it: the exchange rate that our banks give us overseas is never anything like the market rate that apps like XE provide. Still, if you want a good idea of what your dollar is worth, then XE is a great bet. Simply set up the currencies you wish to convert in your favourites, update the rates once and they will always be available — even without internet. Of course, you will want to periodically update with a Wi-Fi connection if you're not on roaming data, just to keep it accurate.
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We all love a movie or a TV show to ease the pain of those long, monotonous bus rides. The only downside is converting the files to a format that your phone can handle. In the case of the iPhone, this is particularly irritating, as it's so extremely limited in what it can play. Transcoding video is one of the slowest processes known to personal computing, even for high-end computers. So why bother?
Azul is a video-player app that simply cuts out the video conversion by playing file types that are otherwise unwatchable on devices like the iPhone. You can load videos through iTunes, from the cloud with Dropbox, from email or from other online sources. Within a few minutes, your phone can be populated with a selection of movies and TV episodes.
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You're likely to encounter one of a multitude of ailments when you're on the road. These could be as common as the appropriately named Delhi belly, or as life threatening as Malaria. Travel Health breaks down symptoms into categories, such as Fever, Gut Problems, Altitude Sickness and Emergencies, but it also provides general first-aid tips and a drug-reference database.
Information provided includes a description of symptoms that you might be having, what could be causing them and some of the treatments available. A visit to the doctor is always recommended, but Travel Health can give you an idea of the cause and severity of the symptoms you're experiencing.
World Drugs Converter
Once you know what's wrong with you and what's needed to fix it, there's another challenge. In many places, drugs can be found in general stores, where there are no medically trained staff, or the staff may not speak your language.
The World Drugs Converter allows you to search by product name, molecule or therapeutic indication (symptom). It's a very simple app. It not only provides an extensive offline database of pharmaceutical drugs, but, more importantly, it helps you to find a local product that offers what you need. This allows you to either ask for the right product or check that the one you've bought contains the right ingredients to cure your health issue — it even supplies the name in the local language — an invaluable tool.