Diversity Woman Magazine

FAL 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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74 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N Fa l l 2 0 1 7 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m GateGuru e next time you get stuck at the airport because of a layover or cancellation, GateGuru might become your new best friend. Use it to consult a map of the terminals, read reviews of airport restaurants, and find estimated wait times for security checkpoints. GasBuddy Great for road trips, this app will locate nearby filling stations, eliminat- ing the worry of running out of gas on the high- way. It lists approximate prices, too, so you can choose the cheaper stations. Only available in the United States and Canada. Hotel Tonight A lifesaver when you need a room at the last minute, this app works with its hotel partners to offer you great deals on rooms available the same day. A quick search in mid-May located several Manhattan hotel rooms for just $109 to $129 for a Saturday-night stay at well-known properties, including Aloft, Courtyard by Marriott, and Sheraton. US and European destinations are well represented, but Hotel Tonight is less robust for trips in Latin America or Asia. My Panda is safety-minded app was developed in response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Using GPS, it informs you of the security level in the area you're visiting, and in some destinations, such as New York and Los Angeles, it can find you the fastest route to the nearest police station and let you call local authorities with the push of a button. WiFi Finder is app locates free WiFi hot spots in more than 50 countries, from Argen- tina to Indonesia to Serbia to Vietnam. It can store the hot spots locally on your device so you don't need to be connected to the Internet to find them. Memrise What do you say after hola? If you've ever wanted to speak to the locals in their lingo, Memrise will help you learn key phrases in over 90 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu. You can also find out more about the culture of the place you're visiting with courses like modern Japanese literature and Western European history. OANDA Currency Converter Instantly calculate how much that international cup of java will cost you, whether the price is in rubles, shekels, or renminbi. OANDA can incorporate typical fees, like for credit cards (3 percent) or ATMs (2 percent), into the conversion. Google Translate A must for overseas trips, this app enables you to translate over 100 languages just by typing. With the instant camera feature (available in 30 languages), you can point your camera at a street sign, menu, or other foreign-language text and watch the words turn into English automatically. e microphone feature lets you translate speech and also reads translated text out loud so you don't have to worry about your waiter not under- standing your terrible accent. You can also download a translator file that will let you keep translating when you're offline. Waze GPS navigation combined with real-time data from other drivers makes this app exceptionally accurate for avoiding accidents, construction projects, and other traffic holdups. Although Waze is now owned by Google, many drivers continue using it because its data hasn't been integrated into Google Maps. WhatsApp No need to run up long-distance charges or buy a special phone chip for dialing internationally with this app. WhatsApp uses WiFi, not phone lines, to keep you in touch with family and friends back home, and features end-to-end encryp- tion to make sure your texts, voicemails, photos, and videos don't fall into the wrong hands. (Tip: Make sure to download the app and input your contacts before you leave home!) DW Sara J. Welch recently used the ReserveAmerica app to plan her family's annual camping trip. THINKSTOCKPHOTOS DW Life > ASK AN ACE: "For personal travel, my three go-to apps are Kayak for searching flights, GateGuru to help me find the best food options in the airport, and of course Google Maps, which I use to create and save my own maps of specific destina- tions before I go." –Sara Kosyk, product manager, Tauck River Cruising, Wilton, CT

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