Going on holiday can be a stressful time, but in our digital age, it’s easy to get a helping hand from countless apps available on various mobile operating systems. Whether you’re on iOS on Android, just download some of these handy apps and enjoy the luxury of a stress-free holiday.
Packing Pro (£1.99, iOS) will help you on your travels before you’ve even left the house. Offering full packing lists and iPad synchronisation, Packing Pro is the only travelling companion you need to stay organised and get to your plane on time.
Free Wi-Fi Finder (Free, iOS) will help you to find Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world, wherever you are. The app uses your iPhone’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate free Wi-Fi access, and it’ll prove to be invaluable when you’re in a foreign city with no free data.
Skype (Free, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian) allows users to make free calls via Wi-Fi. Paired with the Free Wi-Fi Finder, this means you can stay in touch with friends and family back home when you’re on the move, without having to pay an arm and a leg for international call charges.
Tripit (Free, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone) combines all of your travelling plans – from hotel reservations to car rentals and more – into one concise, accessible itinerary on your phone. You’ll never forget your plans as long as you’ve got Tripit to see you through.
AroundMe (Free, iOS, Android) is the best app when it comes to finding nearby businesses anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking for restaurants, cinemas, theatres or nightclubs, you’ll find something close with the help of AroundMe.
Kindle (Free, iOS, Android, Windows Phone) is the cousin app of Amazon’s popular Kindle device, which allows users to carry a whole library of books around in one digital device. The Kindle app removes the burden of carrying paperback books around while travelling, and makes reading on the road even more of a pleasure.
Goby (Free, iOS) offers free recommendations for fun events and activities near you, so wherever you are in the world there’ll always be something to keep you entertained. Goby is a great app to have on hand when your plans fall through. Goby is a great app for making the most out of every second of your precious holiday time.
Bank and Credit Card Apps are available for a variety of banks including Amex, HSBC, Mint.com and and RBS, and many are offered on different platforms from iOS to Android. When you’re away from home, being able to check your balance, pay bills and transfer money is an absolute necessity.
Google Maps (Free, iOS, Android) comes pre-loaded onto iOS and Android handsets, so it’s worth using when you’re out and about. Google knows everything and this includes where everything is. Combined with the GPS in your phone this makes navigating strange cities a cinch. You can’t currently use Google Maps offline, or save routes, but you can pre-plan routes at maps.google.com and then e-mail them to yourself for later – the link in the email will open the route in the app. This is especially useful if you need to plan custom routes involving more than a direct A to B. Apple are dropping Google Maps from their next iOS update and replacing it with their own mapping software.
NavFree (Free, iOS, Android) is a free GPS app which can tell you where you are in the world based on data collated from the app’s many thousands of users; which means as the app’s community grows, so does the quality of its maps. You’ll never get lost abroad when you’ve got NavFree on your handset. Turn by turn directions make this a good app to have around when Google Maps just isn’t enough.
iTranslate (Free, iOS, Android) is the app for people who are tired of asking ‘say that again…?’ when spending time overseas. With iTranslate, you’ll never be misunderstood again. The app also features voice recognition and conversation mode in its paid version, offering Star Trek-style universal translator tech for less than a quid.