Ever needed to make a cheap international call without the internet, or been worried about security as you move between wifi hotspots? These apps make travel safer, easier and cheaper
Rebtel: for phone calls
Skype and Whatsapp will always be staples when it comes to international calling and messaging, but a wifi connection is needed to use them. To make cheap calls around the world without the internet (or faffing around with phonecards), the app to choose is Rebtel. By “hijacking” local phonelines, it gets the best available calling rates. Recently launched, it is currently offering a “Rebel calling” deal, which means friends or family can be called for free if they are also using the app (until 2018).
• Free, iOS and Android, rebtel.com
Waze: for traffic
Loved by taxi drivers, who know a thing or two about traffic avoidance, Waze is a GPS navigation app that draws from its active community of drivers to create the most up-to-date and accurate road data. It functions in the same way as Google Maps (Google actually bought it a few years ago) but users can easily share information about hazards, traffic or accidents. If you’re navigating an unfamiliar city and aren’t sure where the traffic hotspots are, this app is the best you can get.
• Free, iOS and Android, waze.com
Click here for further reading: 10 of the best travel apps … that you’ll actually use: part two | Travel | The Guardian