Our smartphones seem to have become our perfect companions. Not only do we use them for making calls, they also let us check our email, manage our bank accounts and even guide us to our next destination.
They also include navigation apps, so you can work out the best routes, find new places and get info about dreamy destinations. Most of these apps, need an Internet connection though, which we don't always have. And sometimes, when we go abroad, the cost of roaming can get way too expensive to justify its use.
Luckily there are several Android apps which let us enjoy our maps without the internet. We've picked out the ones we think are at the top of their game.
This is the finest of all the offline map apps. Maps.Me is a really interesting mobile navigation tool that'll come in handy when you head to foreign shores.
The best feature is being able to download all the maps for free - maps which cover a huge number countries and regions. Just head to the download section and select the country that you're interested in and find the locations you want. Remember that you'll need space for all the downloads on your mobile, but saving them on your SD memory card should avoid any issues.
We love it because it's very easy on the eye and uses the Material Design layout, which was set up by Google for the Android 5.0 Lollipop.
And here's another classic offline navigation app for you. We like GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic mainly because it offers high quality maps made by TomTom itself. The app offers a seven-day free trial, but some maps have different licenses which means you can use them forever. Best of all is that you have the chance to download them quickly and easily, so you have them ready for whenever you need them; especially when you don't have an internet connection.
Thanks to the GPS function you can also get the best routes and directions to wherever you want, the best way possible.
Do you need offline maps right now? City Maps 2Go has got them whenever you want them. The unique touch with this app, is that City Maps 2Go is also a city guide. So, regardless of whether you're visiting Barcelona, Nuremberg or Bilbao, you won't need to find the first tourist office to get your hands on travel brochures and leaflets.
There are about 6,000 guides available with maps, popular places and travel tips, so that you get the most out of your stay.
The free version of this app will let you download 10 maps through your WiFi connection. OsmAnd is a lifesaver if you usually travel abroad and need to have updated maps of each country so that you can find the quickest route to that legendary taco joint. It lets you save your favorite places and has a good range of options and settings.
And we're finishing up with the most important map app out there. Not surprisingly, it's found on over 80% of smartphones, which equates to the entire Android market. Google Maps also has the option to use offline maps, which can be activated from the options menu. Just select the area of the map you want, and they'll be downloaded to your device where you get your hands on them later without needing an internet connection.