Picking the best travel apps for your phone

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Getting organised for a trip can take a lot of time and effort, so why not let your phone take some of the hard work out of holiday planning for you?

By downloading a few choice apps for your smartphone you can find help with everything from choosing your holiday destination to checking what the weather will be like when you get there.

Be perfectly prepared for your next holiday with a little help from our favourite travel apps.

Your phone as a travel accessory

Gone are the days when you need to pack several large guidebooks into your suitcase. Now, it’s perfectly possible to download all of the information you need about a holiday destination directly onto your phone. Companies such as Fodor and EveryTrail provide comprehensive city and holiday guides designed to help you find everything you’re looking for on your next break. What’s more, maps and interactive functions ensure you’ll find all of the most relevant and useful information at your fingertips wherever you are.

There are also some excellent apps for helping you communicate during your trip, with translation functions that can aid you with everything from decoding street signs to making sense of a menu. Google Translate is a particularly easy to use and useful app, as is iTranslate, but for a full list of alternatives, turn to Socialnomics. Another handy app to make sure you have downloaded before your trip is XE Currency, which will allows you to covert prices and make sure you’re not spending more than you should be.

Apps also offer a wonderful way to collate all of your holiday information in one place. By installing Tripit on your phone you can ensure your whole travel itinerary is saved in one, easy to access place. WorldMate for iPhones is another great app for helping you keep on top of your holiday plans – it’s like a travel assistant in digital form. For travellers who are fair of skin and prone to sunburn, Coppertone MyUVAlert could be your new favourite travel app. It contains a huge amount of information about sun protection, including current UV levels in your location – very useful in helping you stay protected in unfamiliar climates.

Finding the best apps and deals

Travel apps aren’t only handy when you’re trying to find your way around a new city, they could also help you book your holiday in the first place. Apps from holiday comparison companies such as Skyscanner and Kayak can help you find better deals on your flights and hotels, making them an invaluable part of the booking process.

For many more excellent travel apps to help you get the most out of your trip, have a look at this comprehensive guide to 50 of the best from CNN or The Telegraph’s 25 favourite travel apps. Tech Radar has also put together a good list of apps ideal for planning your holiday that’s especially for iPhone or iPad owners.

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