Uniglobe: Our Favorite Travel Apps

posted 2017-07-03

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We’ll admit that we love a personal touch when it comes to travel (it is what sets UTD apart), but that definitely doesn’t mean that we don’t also embrace technology! We’re always interested in the newest tech that’s designed to make travel even simpler, especially the ever-evolving catalogue of apps. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

WiFi Magic

There are more than a few WiFi finders on the market. For going to public businesses in larger cities there’s WiFi Magic. Think of this as a community that shares WiFi passwords. This is especially great if you don’t speak the language well enough to ask the business for access.

Speedspot Wifi

We also like Speedspot WiFi Finder with Offline Maps, available on Apple and Android. It allows the user to not only locate the nearest free WiFi, but will also tell you which is running at the fastest speed. As an added bonus, you can download a city map and still be able to access it even if you find yourself without internet, something that can be a real lifesaver in a strange city!

 

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Flight View

There aren’t quite as many flight tracking apps as there are planes in the sky, but there’s definitely no shortage to sift through. Our personal favorite is Flight View. It lets you track the plane, view previous flights to see where it’s coming from, and will give you more up-to-date information about the plane’s location and status than you can often get at the gate.

TraffickCam

This newer app has made big waves with its simple and creative way to combat the epidemic of human trafficking. Simply submit a picture of your hotel room the next time you’re on the road and you could be saving a life.

 

Foodspotting

Food and travel go hand in hand, and thanks to the abundant reviews on forums like Yelp and famed guide-turned-app Zagat, it’s easier than ever to find a great place in moments. We really like Foodspotting, which focuses on particular dishes that users loved instead of just the restaurant itself (and with a really positive, food loving attitude!). So the next time you’re traveling and are craving a perfect steak or an authentic paella, check this app out.

 

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Roaming Hunger

Or if you just want to grab a bite to go, download Roaming Hunger to find the best food trucks currently in your area.

Google Translate

Even the most worldly among us will still need a little help with translation from time to time, and luckily now that just means opening up an app. There are definitely some great translators out there, each with their own specialty, but pretty much none beat Google Translate.

It’s now equipped to translate more than 100 languages, and more than 50 off-line, whether by voice, text, or image. It’s especially handy for snapping a picture of menus and street signs for an instant translation.

 

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CamCard

If you find yourself traveling for business more than leisure then chances are you’ve found yourself juggling countless business cards each year. This app allows you to quickly scan in the card and will save and organize the information, while linking you to their professional information. We especially love this for anyone who ends up going to multiple conferences and conventions each year.

 

UNIGLOBE Travel Companion

The UNIGLOBE Travel Companion app lets you follow along with your itinerary in real time and keeps you up-to-date with mobile check in and travel news. Plus it provides activity ideas as well as cultural guidelines for your new destination.

And best of all, it allows for access to your personal travel expert and our 24/7 Rescue line at the touch of a button. This is definitely a must have for any UTD client.
What are your favorite apps that help you travel better? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Amazing Initiatives That Fight Sex Trafficking

The key to identification is education.

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The International Labour Organisation currently estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour; 11.4 million women and girls; 4.5 million subjected to forced sexual exploitation.Alaskan Airlines flight attendant Sheila Fredrick, said had an instinctual reaction the moment she saw a young women; visibly distressed, unkempt and sitting beside a man of finer stature. She went on to correctly report and prevent this incidence of sex trafficking from progressing; alerting the pilot and calling police to the arrival terminal.

Many like Sheila are in a position every day to recognise and report cases of sex trafficking across borders and oceans, which is exactly why former flight attendant, Nancy Rivard founded Airline Ambassadors, a specialised training initiative for flight staff to recognise and report on incidents. These organisations can make an enormous impact.

Here are just few examples of passionate people realising innovative and intuitive ways to stop sex trafficking in its tracks:

Airline Ambassadors International
AAI is a not-for-profit organisation functioning under three main precedents; providing humanitarian aid to victims, protecting children via a Medical Escort Program and educating people through their training series.

Initially focusing on airline personnel, the initiative has grown to include networks of students, medical professionals, families and retirees who provide a range of post-identification care and prevention support to victims. At its core, AAI provides training to airline staff, including in-flight and ground staff on how to identify victims.

Outland Denim
This Australian-based start-up is a brand built on the ethos that empowering women within communities that are affected by the trafficking trade can be a catalyst for change. To help put this idea into action, the company specifically employs young women rescued from or affected by human slavery and sexual exploitation to make its premium quality denim. The effects are two-pronged: firstly, women who have previously fallen victim to the sex trade are given an opportunity to thrive again on their own terms in a supportive environment, and secondly, other women in the community avoid falling victim to the trade thanks to the creation of viable employment opportunities.

TraffickCam
This clever app puts the average citizen on the front line of combating the sex trafficking trade. The app asks people to submit photos of the interiors of their hotel rooms, wherever they may be in the world, creating a helpful database of snaps to compare with those that pimps post online. Early testing proved that the app is 85 percent accurate in identifying hotels and now, the database has swelled to a collection of over 1.5 million snaps.

Stop The Traffik
Officially an independent charity in 2008, Stop The Traffik was inspired by one man’s experience with the sale and consequent disappearance of a young brother and sister from a family he had come to know in Mumbai, India.

Challenged by the thought that these children were likely illegally sold into sexual exploitation and trade, UK national Phil Lane started Stop The Traffik as a community led initiative to put a stop to the abhorrent crime of human trafficking for the sex trade.

A global pioneer in their work, STT has previously had successful appeal partnerships with the Financial Times, successfully forged the Global Blanket Campaign to #makefashiontraffikfree and developed the Stop The Traffik App – a reporting app that allows users to learn identifiers and provide street-level data in order to allow STT to develop intelligence led initiatives to protect vulnerable peoples.

In addition, with the help of donations, the STT team are working toward making supply chain transparency a legal requirement globally as well as looking to a network of pro bono business experts for awareness raising and resource develop within companies in order to avoid all types of human trafficking.

Live Your Dream
An online activist and volunteer network, Live Your Dream focuses on stepping in before trafficking can occur. Understanding that education is the key to living a life free from violence, LYD invests over $1 million each year to provide education grants for young women.

Creating women who are able to be assets, not burdens to their families, LYD ensures that young women are given guidance and advice on training and career development for the future. LYD dreams of a world where women and girls “have the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential, live free from violence and of course, live their dreams.” Through social and economic empowerment, LYD has been able to spare indigenous women from Canada, children from poor neighbourhoods in Mexico, working children in Bolivia; and many more from facing a life of exploitation and trafficking.

Inside the Research Video: Development of TraffickCam by Washington University in St. Louis

Inside the Research Video: Development of TraffickCam by Washington University in St. Louis