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Five iPhone apps to help you move abroad
Moving to a new country is no doubt an exciting and exhilarating experience, but adjusting to life abroad isn't always straightforward. The logistics of moving home in itself requires a lot of forward planning and smart preparation - add to this the obvious cultural and social differences of day-to-day life in a foreign environment, and the prospect can become quite daunting.
When moving abroad, it always helps to be ready for anything. Luckily, there are a number of iPhone apps available which can aid your transition - here are just a few:
Google Translate - Free
Okay, so you've spent months hitting the books and learning your new native language. But, even if you've got it all down in theory, it might still take time and practice for you to get accustomed to speaking to people on an everyday basis - especially if your new neighbours speak in a specific dialect. With text translations for over 60 different languages, Google Translate is a vital app to have in this situation. For many languages, you can even speak your dialogue into your iPhone instead of keying it in. A history function is also included, so you can save your translations for quick and easy access should you need to.
XE Currency Converter - Free
Even if you're aware of the currency conversion rate between your old location and your new one, XE will still help you cut out the maths if you're in a hurry. This app constantly updates itself according to international exchange rates, essential in today's unpredictable economic climate. It's also much easier to tell whether something you see on a shop shelf is good value for money or not, if you can compare it to the prices you would usually pay back home.
HiConverter - 99p
Similarly, if you're struggling to get to grips with the different unit measurements in your new home, then this app can help. Convert pounds to kilos, Celsius to Fahrenheit and much more with this inclusive unit conversion tool.
Moving Checklist Pro - 99p
Remembering all the various tasks that come with moving home can be tough, and with the added stress of moving abroad, it's easy to forget at least one or two items off your list. This app provides the user with a fully-configurable moving checklist, and is designed to eliminate all those hand-written loose scraps of paper! This app should save you a lot of time by keeping everything you need to do in one place.
Moving Checklist Pro
Skype - Free
Once you're moved and settled in, you'll no doubt want to keep in touch with your friends and family and let them know how things are working out. But making calls internationally can be costly, and emails can often seem limited and impersonal - so for staying in contact with your friends and family, face-to-face and free of charge, Skype is a must.