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The best travel apps for smartphones

In this now all-encompassing digital era, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress by utilising the best mobile and tablet apps out there to make your travels easy.

Most of these apps listed are available on iPhone, Android and Windows phones, so no matter what make you have, you’ll be able to find something to help. Just make sure to check with your service provider about data charges and don’t forget to take your phone charger!

Are you looking for something?

There are plenty of Apps out there to help you find places to eat and stay for a night.

One that we like is TripAdvisor, which uses reviews from other travellers to help you find a place that suits you. There’s a built in compass to the app that helps you find where it is and get there.

It’s also very easy to get lost in a city or town you don’t know, and the language barrier can cause huge problems. Google Maps apps and other versions like City Maps 2Go are ways you can find where you are and where you want to go easily.

Connect with others

WhatsApp is an excellent way to keep in touch with anyone around the world without the extra costs of calling or from text messages. Based solely on data, you can contact anyone instantly and the charge is minimal and runs for an entire year. You can also utilise WiFi hotspots and send your messages and media for free.

Help My Friend is another app that sends messages to emergency services and friends and family if you are in trouble so they know where you are. Apps like this are excellent as a safety net and will give you and friends and family a bit more peace of mind while you’re away.

Stay organised

You can keep all the essentials with you with TripIt. This fantastic app is free and all you have to do is forward all the information to it. This lets you organise it easily and you’ll never have to worry about where your documents and reservations are. The only thing to check is whether you can use it at airports and such. It’s hard to think that places like this won’t accept it but it’s worth checking, just in case, to ensure you don’t have problems on the go.

Adopt the mother tongue

Lonely Planet is another useful app, especially if you’re going abroad and don’t know the language. The app version of this popular book is full of phrases that can help you out in a pinch but it’s always worth trying to learn a bit of the local language to make it easier on yourself.

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