Lost your map? Can’t find that landmark that eveyone’s talking about? Need a cappuccino? Call of nature? Forget maps, it’s the year of the apps.
Here are the top 10 apps that will help you glide through your holiday with minimum stress:
1. Packing Pro
A little gem that makes possibly the most tedious bit of pre-holiday prep that bit easier providing sample lists based on the size of your party, where you’re off to, the duration of your journey and even taking into consideration children and gender. Never again will you forget to pack…well, anything!
2. App in the Air
Once you get to your airport of choice this snazzy little app lets you check-in and follow your flight plan to gauge your route and estimate a time for arrival. It can even find the nearest coffee shop so you can have a brew whilst you wait to board.
3. Google Translate
Once you’ve reached your destination, are you concerned about the language barrier? With a catalogue of over 60 languages and famed for its simple “hover-over” feature, this app translates both speech and text right before your eyes.
4. Tourist Eye
This nifty little travel guide provides information on over 60,000 destinations to ensure you know where you’re going and how you’re getting there. It also includes maps, suggested itineraries and a ‘help to plan’ book. It’ll certainly take the hassle out of planning your day.
We all need a little directional help now and again and for those who refuse to ask for directions for fear of the dreaded language barrier (no, speaking louder does not make it more comprehensible), this is the app for you. MapsWith Me covers every country around the globe and requires no internet connection. Hoorah!
GuidiGO allows you to search for guided tours once you reach your destination. Filter your search by topics, specific monuments or locations and receive directions with plenty of info to keep you ooing and ahhing all day long.
There’s nothing worse than being caught short in a foreign country. So when nature calls answer with SitOrSquat. Powered by Charmin, this app gives you the location of your nearest facilities, how well equipped they are and whether you’ll need to SitOrSquat depending on the hygiene rate.
8. Fit For Travel
Before you venture abroad it’s always wise to check with your doctor which vaccines you may need, but once you’ve arrived this app is the perfect companion for helping you to stay healthy by providing tips and advice on wellbeing and health news from around the world.
This one is a for all you business travellers. Instead of having to tot up your expenditures when you get home, Concur helps you manage your travel expenses as-you-go, on your phone so there’s no need to worry.
10. XE Currency
If you’re not sure what your current exchange rate is, then XE Currency can help. Uploading the latest currency rates and charts, it can tell you how much your pound is worth all over the world.
If you’ve got a great little holiday app that you’d like to share – please do so by Tweeting me @danielledunn_ca! I’d love to hear your recommendations.