10 apps which will make your expat life much easier
November 1, 2016
Moving abroad? Relocating to a new country is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is not always easy to leave South Africa behind and therefore, the beginnings can be a bit stressful as one needs to adjust to a new culture, establish new friendships, get familiar with the surroundings…
Having most of us smartphones, your phone can be an excellent companion during some daunting moments, when a helpful hand is not close. Therefore, the Crown Relocation’s team has chosen the essential apps that any expat should have.
Just landed in your new country and you need to sign a document from your old house? Docusign is an app that will help you with this. You can easily sign documents using your electronic signature wherever you are. The signature is legally binding and you can check the status of the document from the same app.
2. Packing Pro
If you are afraid of forgetting anything when you are relocating abroad, try Packing Pro. This app provides you with personalized lists according to your destination, weather there and number of people relocating. You can use its expert list-making assistance to customise your list.
Are you in the middle of your new city with some spare time? Check Nearify. This is an app which informs you about the nearby places to go, the upcoming events and the popular artists. Moreover, it gives you personalised recommendations based on previous searches and likes.
4. Time Out
The well-known Time Out magazine has also its own app available in more than 20 worldwide international cities. There you can find the latest events, restaurant recommendations and a trip planner for local and worldwide use.
When you arrive in a new city, one of the first things you want to do is to meet like-minded people. However, this can be hard when you are not fluent in the local language. Lianna helps you with this by connecting you with people nearby who speaks your language.
Another useful app for meeting new people is Meetup. You just need to set your location and plenty of Meetup groups will appear. The groups can be range from social gatherings for expats to yoga lessons. You can choose your interests and suggested groups will appear on the app screen.
If you are still finding tough to speak in the local language, Google Translator can give you a helpful hand when needed. You can write any sentence in your own language and it will be automatically translated into the desired language.
One of the most common problems that the expats face when living abroad is to find the easiest way to go to any place. Citymapper offers you detailed information about the journey, in real time and with disruptions alerts.
9. XE Currency
Depending on your relocation destination, you will have to change your currency. This can be a bit troublesome, especially when deciding if the item you are trying to purchase is a good deal. XE Currency calculates the equivalent amount in your desired currency, with current exchange dates.
If you want to keep in touch with your relatives and friends, Postagram allows you to send personalised postcards.