Whether you’re a smartphone super-user or yet to embrace the tech world, we’ve picked the top 10 essential travel apps for 2017 guaranteed to make your travels a little smoother. Get downloading…
Google Trips has just made travelling a whole lot easier. This new offering is like a personal planner in your pocket, organising all your holiday-related emails and information in one place. It can map out itineraries, suggest things to see and do nearby and best of all, the whole thing is available offline, so you’ll never have to worry about roaming data charges.
iPhone and Android, free
When you’re on holiday, there’s not much that’s more important than the weather. What you pack, when to go and what days you’ll be poolside depend on it, so a reliable weather app is essential. We like AccuWeather for travel, since it covers more locations worldwide than any other app, letting you know the latest up-to-the-minute forecast, plus extras like a UV index.
iPhone, iPad and Android, free
Believe it or not, this tarvel app makes packing a pleasure. Simply input your destination, date of travel and length of stay, plus whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. Tap any activities you’ll be doing (beaches, hiking, fancy dinners) and PackPoint will check the weather and put together a detailed packing list, which you can then customise and email to yourself, your family or travel companions.
Android, iPhone, iPad, £2.33
Translators are nothing new, but this clever little app has brilliant speech recognition and an impressive choice of languages. Simply select the language you want to speak, talk into your phone’s microphone and you’re instantly translated. You can slow down the speech, look up words and save common phrases to use later, too.
iPhone and iPad, free
Toshl Currency Converter
It may not be the most glamorous app on our list, but currency converters are a bit of a life saver when you’re travelling. This simple but useful app will instantly convert to any currency, with exchange rates refreshed daily. There’s even a handy tip calculator to spare your blushes when dining out – no more under (or over!) estimating your tips…
Airport Flight Tracker
Love holidays, hate airports? This little travel app is a game-changer. It pulls up live arrival and departure boards, terminal maps, parking, shopping and more. No more crowding around departure boards looking for your boarding gate – simply wait for the app to notify you, as well any annoying delays. It covers all UK airports and a huge list of airports around the world, from Rome to Bangkok.
iPhone and iPad, £0.99
Esplorio Travel Journal
Prettier than a pen and paper, easier than social media, Esplorio is a beautifully designed app that lets you effortlessly create a digital travel journal, and makes it easy to share with people back home. It automatically maps your journey, and lets you check into places of interest and add your own photos. You can even make and send your own digital postcards.
Android, iPhone, iPad, free
Voted the best app to kids happy by the New York Times, this is an essential app if you’re taking the kids on holiday. When they’re getting bored and tetchy on a plane, transfer or even on rainy day, this interactive doll’s house will have them engrossed. It’s so well designed, it’s easy enough for a two-year-old and engaging enough for an eight-year-old. Get it on your iPad before you jet off.
Android, iPhone and iPad, £3.99
UNESCO World Heritage
This interactive travel app is your key to seeing the planet’s unmissable historic sites. Wherever you jet off to, discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites by country and find out what’s earned them a place on this prestigious list. The app helps you figure out what to see and how, and is perfect for anyone who always fancies a dose of culture with their holiday.
Android, iPhone and iPad, £2.99
This is an easy – and slick – way of making family videos and preserving your favourite holiday memories. This app lets you make, edit and share videos like a pro. Edit clips together to easily to send back home, add text or make slideshows of your holiday snaps – the possibilities are endless.
iPhone and iPad, free