5 Must Have Apps Before Arriving in Medellin
Where would we be without our handy dandy smartphones! After living here in Medellin for three months now I absolutely live by these 5 apps. They help me arrange quality transport, make sure those drivers get to my destination, translate/communicate, and ordering food/groceries. From this list there was only one app I arrived in Medellin with - Speak & Translate for communication purposes. I wish I had known about the others before arriving.
If you don't already use or have Uber then believe me when I say within 24hours of being here in Medellin you will need it! Uber is a mobile app where you arrange a driver to take you to where ever you want to go. It is so much better than using a taxi and in some cases cheaper! You feel a lot safer with an uber driver - they have nicer cars; tinted windows, smoother ride, seatbelts, and SUV options. The drivers are people just like you and I, they are great to meet and talk with, and the fee can get charged to your credit card!! No dealing with cash which we found super handy.
Like google maps, waze is a GPS traffic and navigation app but has the largest community base to share real time information. If your driver doesn't use this app, or know where they're going and neither do you, then being able to direct them as if you we're a local yourself, keeps you safe and gets you to your destination without the drama!
Speak & Translate
This app is absolutely worth the $14.99 investment! It can translate text and audio in a huge variety of languages! To be exact 117 text-to-text and 54 voice-to-voice translations. For Spanish there isn't a colombian spanish option but I use the mexican option as it's the closest. I must admit I prefer this app in comparison to using google translate. I have found it to be a little bit more accurate with its translations, more practical than literal. Also you can use it for an awesome learning tool. Whatever you translate you can play dictation for it and choose its spped to practise pronounciation and listening. PERFECTO!!
Browse a variety of fast food and premium restaurants near you, place your order and make payment all online through the app. We recommend you try various outlets as well as various foods because we found that in some cases the food doesn't travel well. For example fries! So when they arrive it is not as pleasant to eat. But when you're hungry and you're a bit desperate for ordering in. This app is a breeze!!
Browse an amazing range of supermarkets to order your groceries! Like many here in Medellin, you won't find everything in one place. You'll order your fruit and veges from one place, specialty products from somewhere else and your bulk needs from another. Mercadoni makes it so much more convenient by browsing, ordering and paying through one place and from the comfort of your home!! Believe me, when you love things from Price Smart but you live on the other side of town, its worth the $2 to pay for delivery to avoid the transportation cost and hassle of waiting in lines and dealing with crowds!!!
So there you have it! Five must have apps before you arrive in Medellin to live a very easy, cruisey and convenient life, allowing you a lot more time to chill and spend your time and money wisely ;)