On Sunday 14th Jun, 2015

The 11 must-have travel apps you need for any holiday

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If you’re going on holiday, you always make sure you’ve packed everything, but what about travel apps? Sometimes we forget just how versatile our phones and smart devices are however we shouldn’t – they can hold the key to having a memorable, well-planned holiday. Plus, the apps that are now available can eliminate all those extra gadgets and books you used to have to cart around with you.

Here’s 11 of our favourite travel apps that you must download next time you go on holiday. Simply search for them in your app program on your device.

1. XE currency converter

When you’re overseas, it can be hard to keep a track of how much you’re spending and what the conversion is. You can convert every world currency with the XE Currency App. This easy-to-use currency calculator has received over 20 million downloads, making it the most popular foreign exchange app on the market.

2. Wifi Finder

Never worry again about not finding a Wi-Fi internet connection. Wi-Fi Finder finds free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots online or offline, anywhere in the world. It also works whilst offline!

3. Google Translate

If you aren’t fluent in the native language of the country you’re in, then never fear. Forget your travel guide or dictionary, Google Translate can do it instantly. There’s also a feature where you can hold your camera lens over a sign and it will translate in real time.

4. Viber

Overseas and out of credit or don’t want to pay through the roof to contact your family? Viber lets you send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country.

5. Travelsmart

The Allianz Global Assistance TravelSmart app gives you immediate access to all the medical information and support you require while travelling abroad. If you need to know where a hospital is, the international hospital directory enables you to view a list of hospitals by country. Should you need to translate medicine while abroad, there is an easy to use drug translator. This facility will provide you with the international name of a drug. The international name of the drug will enable the chemist / pharmacy to advise you of the local name and provide you with details of a similar drug.

6. JetLag Genie

This clever app will help you avoid jet lag by preparing your sleeping routine ahead of time. Input your travel dates, destination and usual sleeping times and it’ll come back with personalised alarm clocks to soften the blow when you wake up on Tuesday afternoon convinced it’s still Monday morning.

7. Perfect World Clock

Perfect World Clock is a great tool frequent traveler or when working with people in different time zones. Ever wondered what time it is in your destination city or back home when travelling? Need to keep track of different time zones? Ever accidentally called someone in the middle of the night when you’ve been abroad? Perfect World Clock shows the current date and time for places all over the world.

8. Waze

In this app, GPS navigation meets social networking. Simply tap in your destination and user-submitted traffic reports will make sure you’re offered the quickest route for the current road conditions.

9. Tripit

Confirmation emails for flights, hotels and rental cars can pile up fast and easily get lost in the shuffle of inbox. This app automatically converts those emails into a single, easy-to-read travel itinerary. The app scans the body of emails for reservation times, automatically adds events to your calendar, sorts them in chronological order and pulls in maps to help with navigation.

10. Dude Where’s My Car?

Find your car in time-sensitive situations, reduce your risk of being late to your flight and remember where you parked it. This app gives you directions to your car immediately.

11. TripAdvisor

Plan your trip by using over225 million reviews and opinions by travellers. The TripAdvisor mobile app is free and easy to use. You can browse millions of reviews, opinions, videos and candid photos by travellers, find the best hotel for your needs, see restaurant reviews and add your own.

What apps do you use whilst on holiday? Tell us below.

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