Your phone is your ultimate travel companion and there are loads of apps out there to help you on your journey! Here are some of our favourites:
Speak the lingo
Google Translate – This is quite simply a lifesaver. It will translate speech, text and photos. Speak into your phone for it to translate you, type in your question or take a photo of a menu and it will translate it for you. Useful, free and very clever! Just beware-it will use your internet connection.
I Lingual – This clever app lets you speak instantly in different languages, hold the phone up to your mouth- and let it do the hard work! It will only help you speak though; it can’t translate what others say.
Know the right price
XE Currency - Being able to translate into or out of your needed currency quick is very handy. XE Currency is quick, simple and is a lifesaver for those who don’t like to do arithmetic on the spot.
Get Free Internet
Free Wifi Finder – Roaming fees are expensive and unwanted; avoid them with this clever app which shows you where the nearest free Wi-Fi hotspot is.
Know how much to tip
Tipulator – Tipping is a social minefield anywhere in the world, no matter how good at maths you are. Tip too high and you’ll insult somebody’s hospitality, too low and you’re a cheapskate- and the norms vary hugely according to the local culture. This is where Tipulator comes in- it will calculate how much you ought to tip depending on where you are.
Take amazing panorama photos
Photosynth – This app is as simple as it is great. Just hold your phone steady and it will make amazing panoramas for you. It is the perfect way to turn average phone pictures into awesome holiday snaps, and it’s integrated with Facebook, so you can show off your travel adventures to everybody.
Find the best food
Urbanspoon - There are lots of restaurant and bar review apps out there but this one is our favourite. It scans your location and allows you to search by type, price or popularity.
Organise your trip
Tripit – If you’re one of those people who is always digging about for print offs for your flight or transfers, then you’ll love this. Email your hotel, flight or any other reservation to Triplt and let it organise it all for you. It keeps it all in one simple screen on your phone so you can have all the details right to hand.