As I continue traveling, I realize that I am becoming more and more dependent on my smartphone. Being a travel blogger means that I have to post updates on my social media on the go, and that I must rely on my phone to keep on top of the many emails I receive every day.
Come to think of it, nowadays all travelers use their phones when traveling. Whatsapp is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends; Google Maps is indispensable to find the way to the hotel; airlines have their own app that allow to check in and avoid having to print the boarding pass.
Adding to the list of must-have apps for travelers, there’s now an updated version of TravelSmart, which has recently been launched by Allianz, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Pity that the updated version has just been released – my sister would have saved herself a lot of hassle if she could have used it during her trip to Africa in October, when she had to make several claims for her lost luggage.
Why TravelSmart Is the Ultimate, Unmissable App For Travelers
What makes TravelSmart indispensable for frequent travelers? One sentence sums it up quite well: it’s easy. It’s easy to use, and it makes traveling and even dealing with emergency situations easy.
But, in more details, here’s why I like it.
Through TravelSmart I can access real-time flight information. I just have to add my flight info using the “My Trips” feature, and then I only have to go to it to check the flight status and even the departure gate. Considering I am constantly hopping from one flight to the other, this comes in very handy.
TravelSmart allows me to easily access my insurance policy. I can then confirm my insurance coverage and check my benefits. But there’s more: I can manage my policy, I can file a claim (how cool is that?) and easily add documents through the app. I can check the status of a claim, and even select how I want the claim to be paid. No more bouncing from site to email, from email to phone calls – it is all there, in one place.
One of the great things about TravelSmart is that it uses geolocation, which means the app always knows where users are. This allows it to offer a bunch of other features.
The home screen of TravelSmart allows users to call any country’s emergency number via the Global Emergency Numbers feature. And the Assistance Around Me feature has a hospital locator that also includes doctor’s offices, pharmacies, police stations and (for United States nationals) even the contacts of U.S. Embassy offices. It even offers full directions to the required facility via the integrated Apple Maps.
There’s also a Contact Us button on the home screen that puts travelers in touch with Allianz Global Assistance medical assistance or customer service from any country in the world.
As if this was not enough, the app doesn’t just list health care facilities recommended by Allianz Global Assistance, but also non-recommended ones. It’s super useful for those travelers that end up in smaller, isolated places – as it happened to me when I injured myself in Jordan, for example. That time I relied on the tip of a friend who warned me that the small village where I was staying had a clinic, or else I would have had to drive for a few hours to Amman.
Last (but definitely not least) my favorite feature: TravelSmart translates a bunch of first aid terms from English to 18 foreign languages – it is super useful in those countries where I don’t speak the local language. TravelSmart also has the universal name for more than 750 common medications, which is very useful when going to the pharmacy when we are traveling.
TravelSmart is totally free of charge and it is available in the App Store.
Make sure to check out my post “Why You Need A Good Backpacker Travel Insurance.”