Going to a foreign country for a long period of time can be difficult. I know that it has been for me. However, there are a few apps that I believe have helped make it a little easier.
The first app is meetup. Meetup is an app that allows one to join groups and participate in activities. This app works in just about every single country, to the best of my knowledge. I have met the majority of my friends in Malaga at a meetup group’s activity.
Outside of the US, it seems like WhatsApp is the most common mode of online communication. In the US, it is a little popular as well. WhatsApp allows you to text on Wi-Fi, allowing users to not pay massive international fees for a few texts. I use it to communicate with friends in Malaga, friends who have gone back to their home country, and even a few friends in the US.
Without Amazon I think I would have gone insane. As a reader, Amazon has allowed me to get access to books in English. Most bookstores here have very few English books, most of which are classics. I like a good classic book occasionally, but right now most of my reading is business and self-improvement focused. Amazon has also allowed me to order products that, while readily available here, are of the quality I am used to in the states.
Omio is an app/website that allows you to order train and bus tickets. In Europe, a lot of places are not too far away, especially in your country. My mom and I have used Omio to go to Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid. She has also used it to go to Cordoba. If you like travel, but hate planes, I highly recommend Omio.
Before I came to Spain for the first time in the summer, I had used Duolingo for a few minutes every day for about a month. While this did not make me fluent, it did make learning how to order food, ask where something was, and greeting people a lot easier. I recommend using this for about a week or two before you travel somewhere where you do not speak the language.
These 5 apps have helped me a lot so far, and I believe they will continue to help me in the future, both with my year abroad, and with future trips!
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