If you’re like most people, your smartphone is never far from you. You would never leave it behind on your trip to the Middle East, so now that you’ve booked with Mazada Tours from our mobile site, what’s next for your phone? We polled native Israelis, new immigrants, and seasoned travelers to determine the must-have apps you should install on your phone prior to travel.
Everyone agreed this is the most important app you’re going to want on your phone. WhatsApp is a free messenger service that operates on wifi. You can also use it to make voice and video calls. There are over 1 billion users worldwide. When you book with Mazada Tours, your personal travel expert will provide you with his or her WhatsApp number so that you can be in touch with us 24/7.
While we highly recommend taking advantage of our convenient airport pick-up and drop-off services, you may find yourself wanting to utilize Israel’s public transportation. Enter Moovit. Moovit is a free application that will guide you from point A to point B using Israel’s buses and train service. Once you enter your destination, it will offer you several public transportation lines to choose from, provide you with walking directions to the nearest bus stop, and once you are on the bus, it will alert you to when you are approaching your stop so you can press the button in plenty of time.
If you are in need of walking directions, Google Maps is always a safe bet.
Need to brush up on your Hebrew or Arabic? Google Translate not only lets you type text that you want to translate, but you can also use the camera to translate signs and menus. There is even a voice tool that you can use to directly translate speech.
It’s late at night and you need a taxi? Not a problem with the Gett app! You can also hook it up to your credit card so you don’t need to worry about having enough cash on you to pay the driver.
If you want to keep track of your adventures but don’t have the space to lug around a travel journal, consider getting the Bonjournal travel journal app. You can tag your location, upload photos, and record your vacation on the go. Keep it private or choose to share with friends – it’s up to you! You can also export your journal to PDF form after your trip so you can save it forever.
This is our favorite way to share holiday pictures! We don’t think you need a filter for any of your Holy Land pictures, but we won’t tell if you choose to use one . Mediterranean sunsets, the shuk on Friday morning before Shabbat, the Old City of Jerusalem, pyramids of Egypt, the best hummus you’ve ever had, or the amazing nightlife in Tel Aviv – all deserve to be shared on Instagram! Don’t forget to include #MazadaTours.