The busy holiday season is just around the corner and although it should be the highlight of the year, many people find the planning stage of their annual getaway less enjoyable. Questions such as where to go, what are the ‘must sees’, does it fit my budget, all add to the stress of booking a holiday.
Whether you want to relax on a sunny beach, roam the Scottish Highlands or visit the Pyramids in Egypt, help is on hand with a number of easy to use Travel apps. They will not only ensure you plan and execute the perfect vacation, but will help you get the most from your holiday whilst there too.
Gogobot (FREE) for iPhone
Gogobot helps you plan the perfect trip with the help of friends. By allowing you to tap into your personal networks, be it on Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter, you can receive personal advice and reviews from people like you not strangers.
Its mobile app allows you to remotely plan an entire holiday by browsing more than 60,000 Travel destinations and arranging them according to recommendations made by your friends. With the touch of the screen you can search for hotels, restaurants, and attractions, plus turn photos into postcards, which can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, SMS or email - letting everyone know that you’re having a great time!
TripLingo (from £6.99) for iPhone, Android
Learning a few phrases and travel-related questions will go a long way to making your trip more enjoyable and the locals will appreciate if you attempt to communicate in their own language. TripLingo makes picking up the local lingo and culture easy and fun during trips.
With over 1,000 phrases, a built-in dictionary, and flashcards nothing will be lost in translation! Nifty features include articles on local etiquette, information on the country, plus multiple audio examples for phrases helping you with the pronunciation - so you sound just like a local.
Packing Pro (from £1.79) for iPhone
Have you ever reached the airport and had that sinking feeling you’ve forgotten to pack something? Well this excellent app is perfect for those of us who are perhaps a little forgetful, or those who tend to leave packing until the last minute.
Packing Pro will assist you with what to bring based the number of adults (males & females), children & days, as well as temperature, destination & clothes washing preferences. With Packing Pro, you’ll never forget something as crucial as your bikini or sun screen again.
Camera+ (from 69p) for iPhone
Capturing magic moments with friends and family and of your holiday surroundings are important to creating lifelong memories of your trip. The easy to use Camera+ iPhone app not only allows you to get snap happy, but encourages your creative side too.
A number of features will ensure top quality pictures such as special effects, cropping, easy editing, plus a choice of image boarders. Once you’ve got the perfect pic, proudly share your holiday snaps with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or simply via email.
Airbnb (FREE) for iPhone, Android
Going on holiday should be an exciting, enjoyable and memorable experience, but the most common factor that can ruin the perfect holiday is the accommodation. To avoid disappointing holiday diggs, sign-up to Airbnb, a trusted community for holidaymakers looking to discover and book unique accommodation around the world, either online or from your mobile phone.
From apartments to villas and castles to B&B’s, Airbnb offers accommodation across 19,000 cities and 192 countries. And if you’ve found something you like the look of, but still have a few questions, Airbnb allows you to message the host directly, as well as access host details and get directions to your destination. For the last-minute holiday organisers amongst us, with one simple tap you can search for available places nearby for that night.