Top 10 travel apps you need to have

In this ever-changing technological world we live in we are constantly relying on smartphone apps to guide us through our everyday life.

Whether checking up on the latest news, posting on social media or playing games; they provide handy little features we can use on the go. The same can be said when you are going on holiday. From picking out a destination, converting currency or finding where does the best food; travel apps can help you along every step of the way.

If you’re planning your next break, here are some apps you may want to download to help make your time away go as smoothly as possible.

Duolingo

Fancy learning the language before jetting off? Then Duolingo is the perfect tool for teaching yourself key phrases and, if you work hard enough, you could be fluent by the time you step off the plane.

This is a fun way to learn a new language with a series of engaging exercises to help the words stay stuck in your mind. Everything from Spanish to French to Korean is available and all accessible at the touch of a button.

Price: Free

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iTranslate

If you don’t have time to learn a new language then it’s always good to have a bit of back-up with you. That’s where iTranslate comes in. While it may be a little basic, it can quickly translate any English phrase into pretty much any dialect.

Now you’ll be able to ask the locals where the best paella joint is or how to get to the beach. It can also be a lifesaver when it comes to translating menus, always a good thing.

Price: Free

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XE Currency

“How much is that in England?” – a common question you must’ve asked while on holiday numerous times. You want to know whether you’re getting a bargain or not and instead of doing complicated sums, avoid the hassle and download the XE Currency app.

With over 20 million downloads already, it is clear that XE is one of the world’s most popular currency converters. Boasting every currency you can think of with updated rates, XE Currency is an absolute failsafe and even works when the internet doesn’t.

Price: Free

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WhatsApp

Depending on what mobile network you’re on, texting friends and family back home can be an expensive business. Avoid the charges by downloading WhatsApp. This easy-to-use messaging app acts via Wi-Fi and makes it easy to send texts, pictures and videos completely free of charge.

You don’t even have to worry about adding contacts as WhatsApp simply matches your pre-stored phonebook with people using the same app.

Price: Free

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Wi-Fi Finder

An absolute godsend at times, Wi-Fi Finder does exactly what it says on the tin – seek out Wi-Fi hotspots. No matter where you are in the world, this handy app can pinpoint the nearest place to get you online.

You can filter by location type such as cafes, libraries, bars etc. and with new locations added on a daily basis, it is a great tool to have. The best part is that it even works when you’re offline.

Price: Free

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TripAdvisor

Want to know which the best restaurants to go to are or what people really think of the hotel you’re staying in? Then get up-to-date reviews at the touch of a button with the TripAdvisor app. Compiling over 225 million reviews and opinions by like-minded travellers you can find all the trendiest hotspots.

Check out the menu before stepping into a restaurant or seek out some hidden treasures you may not have known about.

Price: Free

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Touchnote

Create a real keepsake for loved ones back home with Touchnote. This app allows you to create personalised postcards and greeting cards by using your own photos.

Quick and simple to print off and with free delivery; it can be a really special way to commemorate your latest holiday.

Price: Free (Postcards cost £1.99 – £2.99)

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Urbanspoon

What do you fancy eating tonight? Urbanspoon can help you with that. No matter where you are in the world this app can find a restaurant to suit your mood. Whether you want to ‘eat like the locals do’ or you’ve got a craving for pizza, Urbanspoon can take you there.

You can browse menus and compare restaurants thanks to a ratings system and in certain countries you can even book a table to avoid disappointment. A perfect app to find food fast.

Price: Free

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Tipulator

Speaking of dining out, one of the main headaches when eating abroad is how to work out the tip. In certain countries it is custom to tip the waiter after each meal so take the stress out of it all by downloading Tipulator.

This handy calculator easily splits up a challenging bill to give you the total tip amount which can be altered to the place you’re in. Say goodbye to the days where waiters look disgusted when you haven’t given the right amount.

Price: £0.69

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Travel Safe Pro

Wherever you go it’s important to stay safe and Travel Safe Pro app can be somewhat of a lifesaver. It has the emergency services number of every country you could possibly think of at the touch of a button as well as embassy details should you need them.

You can also pin the details as widgets to your home screen so if anything does go wrong, help is just a click away.

Price: £0.99

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