WITH THESE APPS INSTALLED, IT IS EASIER TO DRIVE ABROAD!

As a self-driving globe, after finishing the uncles of 44 countries and regions in Asia, Europe and Africa, he is often asked:

Driving in a foreign country must be difficult and troublesome?

Of course not!

First of all, no matter domestic or foreign, the method of manipulating cars is exactly the same; although there are some small differences in traffic rules, they can be understood very quickly; as for road conditions and traffic order, developed countries in Europe and America are better than domestic ones. A stream of water.

What else can you worry about?

However , how can I navigate quickly and accurately in foreign countries , how to save money and conveniently rent a car , park , refuel , repair a car , how to find interesting play ?

The secret of Uncle Shu is: Install these few apps, it will be easier to go abroad than to drive in China!

All of the following apps have an iPhone/Android dual platform version. Android phones are recommended to install Google Play services first, otherwise an error may be reported. As well as the built-in Google Maps app, you can use the local calling card after you go abroad.

MAP NAVIGATION

Waze Waze

Price: Free 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Many small partners who travel abroad are directly using the experience of domestic Baidu navigation and using Google Maps to navigate. Convenience is convenient, there are no speed limit and speed reminders, how can you be satisfied? Want to have a versatile experience similar to domestic navigation software, the Israeli team developed, Waze has been acquired by Google is definitely the best choice.

The biggest feature of Waze is that users can report the latest news at any time, so in addition to the most basic real-time road conditions, speed limit and speed radar warning, in countries with many users (such as France), there are police speeds on the road ahead, and even cars. Temporarily parked on the side of the road, it is clear!

Even refueling is inseparable from it: based on the big data provided by the user, it can directly discharge the price of all the gas stations around the navigation route, and the time you need to go around to refuel, for you to choose at random, is it incredibly intelligent? ?

Of course, don’t worry about language, although it has never been operated in China, it still provides full Chinese navigation and voice.

Google Maps Google Maps

Price: Free 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Although the navigation function is very simple, but when you are not navigating, you can’t live without Google Maps every day. Covering the world and incomparably detailed map information is only a foundation. The maps and information based on the map information, including the destination information that countless users personally evaluate, is the real travel artifact.

From where to eat, where to play, where to sleep, where to go to repair / maintenance, you can find first-hand user evaluation on Google Maps. And if you don’t want to drive in the city and choose public transportation, Google Maps’ route planning and real-time bus are a good helper.

Other options

HereWeGo (free, Chinese interface): Here map of noble Nokia descent, the popularity in Europe does not even lose to Google. Compared with the above two apps, the biggest feature of the Here map is to provide a full offline mode. As long as you download the map in advance by country, you can view and navigate at any time, especially for occasions without a network. Although not as feature-rich as Waze, the basic speed limit and radar reminders are still there. 
iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Maps.me (free, Chinese interface): Small and accurate full offline map. There is also a simple driving navigation function. The biggest feature of Maps.me is the provision of walking and bicycle navigation with height-lifting information, making it ideal for outdoor hiking and cycling. 
iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Baidu map (free, Chinese interface): Yes, Baidu map now covers the world. Although the accuracy is not comparable to Google, but because it provides more Chinese information, it is more suitable for friends with bad English to plan their destination. 
iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

 

ACCOMMODATION

Airbnb Airbnb

Price: usually lower than the same grade hotel 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Unlike in China, it is difficult to find affordable hotel rooms in many places abroad. As long as you spend the same price as the Green Brigade, you can live in a good B&B room or even a whole house source on Airbnb.

Unlike most hotels/green hotels in the bustling city center, many homestays are located in the suburbs, quiet, spacious and cheap, but there is no convenient public transportation. At this time, it shows the advantage of having a car, that is, driving for 10 minutes, isn’t it?

Park4Night

Price: Basic version free 
Interface: English 
Applicable: Europe

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

If you are driving a car to Europe, or if you have modified a bed car like us, congratulations! There are countless free RV camps and overnight parking spots waiting for you!

Park4Night is a must-have artifact for European caravans. As long as you open it, there will be countless colorful free/charge camps and parking spots in front of you. What you have to do is to select the one with complete facilities and convenient location according to the pictures and user reviews.

Thanks to the strong support of governments, not only European countries are free touring car camps, but many even provide free water and electricity and barbecue entertainment facilities, it is simply a star-rated resort that does not want money!

There are also quite a few similar software in North America and Australia (see photo), which can be selected according to your needs.

 

DRIVING RELATED

iOverlander

Price: Free 
Interface: English 
Applicable: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

If you are going to a small country, where to find the right accommodation? You will definitely need iOverlander, an information sharing app that is maintained by thousands of international long-distance self-driving players. Covering a wide range, even Somalia (see above) has a lot of information points available!

In fact, iOverlander’s function can not only find hotels/camps, but also many repair shops, shipping companies and even first-hand information crossing the border. If the destination of self-driving is a developing country in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with iOverlander, you will be sure to avoid the pits that countless people have walked through.

PARKING

Parking Encyclopedia Parkopedia

Price: Basic version free 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Driving in Europe and the United States, free parking in the country and town is not a problem.Can go to the big city, although the parking space is not difficult to find, the high parking fee will definitely scare you: 20, 30 or even 50 yuan an hour is common. At this time you need to park the encyclopedia, just enter the time and place you want to park, it will automatically help you find the location and price of all parking spaces nearby, as well as the user’s evaluation of it, you can even build through Google Street View directly sees the look of the parking space. All you have to do is choose the one that is cheap and good!

CAR RENTAL / OVERSEAS DRIVER’S LICENSE

Rent a car or Ctrip

Price: usually far below the market price of the car. 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global

Rent a car 
iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Ctrip 
iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

After all, it’s a small number of people who drive their own cars around the world. Most people go abroad to drive or choose to rent a car. Although the two are competitors, the overseas car rental models available are exactly the same – they are all docked to local car rental companies, offering reservations and prices. According to the experience of Mr. Uncle’s previous car rental, the services provided by the two companies are reliable. As long as the price is better, then choose a car rental company to evaluate. The rest of the process is very simple. I have seen older people who can hardly speak English before. I can easily rent a car overseas through this kind of APP, and complete the complete procedures such as picking up the car and returning the car through the Google Translate App. .

Another core feature offered by these two apps is the formal overseas driver’s license translation.Because mainland Chinese cannot get a formal international driver’s license, such documents are the only choice for driving abroad. Practice has proved that in addition to Japan, South Korea, certain states and other regions that require an international driver’s license, most other countries and regions can rely on such translations to achieve legal self-driving.

LOCAL ACTIVITY

Road trip Klook

Price: Below the travel agency’s retail price 
Interface: Chinese 
Application: Global, Asia Pacific

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Self-driving solves “how to go” and more importantly, “what to play.” When the uncle went to the place, the more you stop the traditional attractions, you always want to play some new tricks. I have been booking events with KLOOK for several years. I have been rushing through the waves in Taiwan, drinking wine in Spain, and flying helicopters in the UAE. I have always felt that “unhappy is not expensive.” Now their coverage has gradually expanded from Asia Pacific to the world, and the product content is no longer just travel activities and tickets, but also includes many practical services such as local pick-up and drop-off cards.

Most of these activities are located in the city, or include car transfers, no need to worry about traffic. However, there are some local people who are located in the wilderness and mainly serve cars. The content is very attractive and can only be used as a tourist to take a taxi at a high price. I thought that in order to play UFOs in Taiwan, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on taxis. I just rode a shared bicycle around the winding road for half an hour. It’s really unbearable to look back… Fortunately, self-driving tour perfectly solved this pain point!

TRAVEL GUIDE

Poor swim

Price: Single digits per book, RMB, some free 
Language: Chinese 
Application: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Many people rely on a lot of travel notes to find fun places. But we are a professional player who travels in dozens of countries in a year, and it is impossible to take the same proportion of time to see the travel notes for planning. However, we have our own secrets: travel guides. Because the authors are highly advanced and the content is highly refined, planning travel with travel guides will be fast and good, and will not take the road.

It’s the first time to promote the poor travel tips, not the uncle who is one of their authors. In fact, I want to find a destination that covers the whole world, and the content is comprehensive enough to meet the needs of all travel needs. It means that as long as you download an app, you can solve all the travel planning needs, except for the poor travel kit. To the second one…

Kindle Unlimited+ Lonely Planet English Electronic Edition

Price: 12 yuan/month in China, US$9.99/month in the US (free for the first month) 
Language: English 
Applicable: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

Many people think that Lonely Planet has only a paper version. In fact, the original English version of Lonely Planet has been fully electronic, and can be bought on their official website or on Amazon. Just the price is still in line with Europe and the United States, a book often has a few hundred pieces, expensive Chinese paper version. It reduces the burden on the backpack, but it increases the burden on the wallet. However, the detailed level of Lonely Planet is unique. A small country with a small project often has hundreds of pages of content. It contains countless niche but interesting games that can’t be found on the Chinese network. It is really tangled.

In fact, Kindle Unlimited already contains a lot of genuine English Lonely Planet e-books. The borrowing mode is simply built for travel guides: as long as 12 pieces per month, you can read as you like, no matter how many books you want to read! Probably due to cost, China’s Kindle Unlimited is not fully covered. If you don’t have the destination you want in China, you can read the Lonely Planet in the US for just $9.99. The only downside is that it is only in English. So if the English is not good, go buy a paper Chinese version, or use the above tips.

THE WEATHER

MeteoEarth

Price: Basic version free (within 24 hours) 
Language: English 
Applicable: Global

iPhone download address 
Android Google Play (foreign use) 
Android apk (domestic use)

If you want to know the future weather of a city, you can do whatever forecast software. However, when planning a self-driving tour, it is a whole line of weather. After all, no one wants to have a storm all day long. I have been looking for a map-based weather forecasting software until I found MeteoEarth.

There is only one big earth model in the APP, which means where to look. Whether you want to see clouds, rainfall, or temperature, wind direction, just a click, and even real-time camera monitoring of countless locations around the world. With it, the time spent planning the trip to check the weather has been compressed to an infinitesimal size. The free version only supports forecasts for the next 24 hours. In fact, it is enough. After all, the longer the forecast is, the more likely it is to make mistakes.

PHONE CARD

FRENCH FREE MOBILE

Price: SIM card for 10 euros, monthly rent for 19.99 euros

Introducing so many apps, what kind of calling card should I use abroad? It is said that it is cheapest to buy a local calling card in every country until it finds a Free Mobile that can be called a long-distance self-driving artifact.

The monthly fee of 20 euros is not cheap. The monthly 100GB 4G traffic and unlimited domestic and international calls (including calling China) look very attractive, but these are only available in France. What’s really useful is its international roaming traffic:

25GB per month! Although it is 3G, the speed is 21Mbps, which is not much worse than 4G. More importantly, because it is roaming, you can switch operators at will, which one will use the signal.

Which countries are included?

Throughout Europe (except Balkans, Belarusian and Moldova), almost all of the popular driving destinations are covered throughout North America and throughout Oceania. Especially for those who drive around Europe via Russia, basically they don’t need to buy a calling card from the moment they leave the country until they return home.

How cool is 25GB? It is no need to have a headache to find WiFi. Drive tired and stop to see what the drama is, no pressure at all. Uncle Uncle’s experience is: How can it be impossible to run out of this 25GB…

However, such a good card can only be purchased and activated by France, and there is no purchase. Probably the only way to buy is to ask a friend in France for help.

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