Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2014

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By the Numbers By Mike Carpenter Excursion App-roved Suit, socks, and, of course, a toothbrush—you’ve loaded your carry-on, but what about your smartphone? Travel apps can get you off the beaten path, keep you on budget, and deflect boredom in Terminal 2. We road tested the internet’s best, whittling the list to six must-downloads that stow neatly in the palm of your hand. $5.3 trillion The average amount traded in foreign exchange markets per day. Purchasing souvenirs is sure to help you remember your trip. When you need to exchange dollars for dinars, check out XE Currency. The app offers live rates for more than 180 currencies. Better still, it stores data so you can convert currencies sans Wi-Fi. Available on iTunes and Google Play. Source: Bank for International Settlements 7,106 The number of known living languages. Signs and directions mean almost nothing if you don’t read or speak the local language. World Lens uses seemingly out-of-the-future technology to translate images using your smartphone’s camera. For help speaking a foreign language, try Fast Talk, which comes with hundreds of useful phrases in five languages for tourists. And adventure travelers, take heart: both apps work off the Wi-Fi grid. Available on iTunes and Google Play. Source: Ethnologue

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