Check out these apps that I have used multiple times throughout my time in Madrid and abroad. Everything from navigating my way around the city, to uploading and saving files, sending pictures and postcards back home, plus more.
The Postagram app allows you to use your own photos to be used as a postcard that can be sent anywhere in the states while you are still abroad. Upload, edit text, and each card will be sent via the states to anyone back home.
Each postcard is just $1.99 with the ability to "punch out" the photo and is a hit among my family and friends back home.
Whatsapp is by far my most used app on my phone and is the number one way to keep in contact with friends in Spain. Most individuals in Spain and Europe prefer contact via this application. Use this to make those messages and calls when it comes to apartment hunting and staying in the loop with friends.
Google Voice, an app that provides you with a free phone number for calling, text messaging, and voicemail. It works on smartphones and computers, and syncs across your devices so you can use the app while on the go or at home. Cheap International Calling for those times where you are needed to talk to Banks and Credit Card companies.
Other helpful apps that I found very useful are Google Drive and Genius Scan
It's best to keep a copy of all your important documents with you. Everywhere from your Visa to debit cards.
I was able to use Genius Scan to take a photo of each of my important documents which converted them to PDF files.
From there I uploaded them to my Google Drive and was able to access them from any phone/computer in the world.
Comes in handy when you least expect it.
Navigating your way around Madrid is made manageable by these three apps. The Renfe Cercanias app will allow you to view and navigate train schedules and what platforms are needed to make your way around the Communidad de Madrid. This app is most beneficial to those who work out in small pueblos and must use the long distance service trains such as the Cercanias to get to work. Has a great time table that is efficient and dependable.
Other apps such as Metro Madrid will aide those who are looking to make their way around the city center. Allowing you to navigate which Metro is closest to you and what lines and changes are necessary to make it to your final destination. I use this app weekly as I meet with friends around the center.
Moovit is one of my favorite apps that I utilize daily in Madrid. I am able to choose a variety of transit options such as Cercanias, Metro, Bus, and walking to find the best option to my destination. With live tracking and updates I feel confident moving around the center.
Ryanair has been my number one travel app as I look for cheap flights around Europe and Spain. Here you are to look for flights and specials for those get away trips each weekend.
Bla Bla Car has been my lifesaver when I choose to travel within Spain. Consider it organized hitch- hiking where you are able to connect with a driver who is going to the location of your choice. There, you are able to view their stats and find the best pricing for you and times.
Airbnb is a great tool for searching for cheap housing in any location around the world. I prefer this option over hostels due to me having my own space or sharing it with friends. I have had wonderful experiences with this app and sometimes can be cheaper than most hostels.
Sending money back and forth to friends could not be easier with these two apps. From buying convert tickets, plane flights, or just a meal I can easily transfer money back and forth to friends.
Transferwise works best when dealing with international cards and accounts, where Venmo is made specifically for those accounts that are stateside.
Both offering success when needed.
Dreamer. Lost in the moment.
Podunk Wyoming native, living and thriving in Madrid. Lover of Craft beer and art.