Apps to Help You Live Your Best Expat Life
Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Apps have become an indispensable part of everyday life, and when you are an expat in unfamiliar surroundings they can make the difficult realities exponentially more manageable.
I have rounded up my top 16 must have apps that will help you thrive in your life abroad! Enjoy and comment below if you think of one I've forgotten.
XE Currency - I am one of those people who, although I was good at math in school, struggle to properly convert currencies. I use this app all the time, and it is perfect if you travel often because you can add multiple currencies and display them all at once on the home screen.
Units Plus - Since I am from the US I am constantly converting between the metric and imperial systems (sorry, home country, but the metric system is SO much better) and I use this daily to help me measure things and set the oven to the correct temp.
Health + Wellness
Autosleep - Frequent travel, time zone and environmental changes mean I often need to make an effort to get enough quality sleep. I have been tracking my sleep for the past couple years, and this is hands-down the best app for it. It's not free but is well worth the $2.99!
Headspace - Expat life can be stressful at times, and nothing helps more than meditation. I am super into guided meditations, and this is the app I love and use the most. Plus you can choose packs based on a particular issue, i.e., productivity, relationships, balance, etc.
Clue - I have been tracking my cycle and related symptoms for more than three years. As someone with a history of thyroid and hormonal issues, it is a useful reference for both me and my doctors. The app has a ton of amazing features, and it's nice to be aware of our reproductive health.
Google Translate - Don't need to say much about this one, since I am pretty sure there's not an expat out there who doesn't use this one constantly!
Baidu Translate (China) - Google doesn't work in China, sigh. But when I travel there I use Baidu translate instead and it gets the job done.
Duolingo - This app for learning a new language is so fun, and there are loads of languages to choose from. I am doing the Chinese course now and am really enjoying it.
Facebook Groups - I absolutely love Facebook groups, and I am in a bunch expat groups, both local and international. Also, did you know I have my own group for expat women, where I coach live once a week? You should totally join it here!
Meetup - Over the years I have joined lots of in-person activities through meetup, and I think it's a great way to try new things and meet new people.
Internations - I don't actually use their app, I generally go to their website, but I wanted to include it because it's a great way to meet fellow expats from all over the world.
Weather - Ok so this is a tough one, depending on where you live. I have yet to find an accurate weather app for Thailand, but what I usually do is compare the Apple weather app with Dark Sky. (And always carry an umbrella and rain jacket anyway!)
Air Quality - Again there are so many apps for this, and I know new ones crop up all the time. For the past couple years I have been using Air Matters, and I really like it.
Hipmunk - With about a million apps out there for booking flights, I always come back to this one. It is clean, easy to use, and I have gotten good deals on flights many times.
Hotels.com - I know a lot of people like Booking, but for the past couple years I've been committed to Hotels and I find the app super easy to navigate. Plus they have secret deals and prices for members, and for every 10 nights paid for you get a free night.
TripAdvisor - Whenever I travel somewhere new I always start with this app to get a sense for hotel prices and things to do. Depending on where I'm going I cross-check with Google maps as well.
Working with me can help (I'm totally better than an app!)
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Hi, I'm Jen! I am a US expat currently living in Thailand with my wonderful husband.
I always strive to learn, grow, and be the best version of myself, and I'm so grateful I get to spend my days working with amazing expat women like you:
Women who are smart and want to reach their goals, but need help overcoming obstacles so they can create their best lives abroad.