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5 must-have travel apps to get the most out of your holidays

Smart phones and apps have made travelling to new and exciting places easier than ever before. Here are five of the best apps out there that you may not have heard of yet but can help you to travel with ease.

Packpoint
How many times have you left important items behind because you packed in a rush?

Pack point tailors a list of suggested items based on the country or city you are visiting and the activities that you have planned while you are there. Whether it’s sunglasses or thermal gloves, you can tick off items as you pack and make sure that nothing important gets left behind.

Available on iOS and Android

Moovit
Nicknamed “Google Maps on steroids” by the travel community - Moovit is a transit app with a difference. Moovit provides public transit data to show you how to make trips, however unlike some of its competitors it is updated in real time so you know if your bus will be late. It also shows you how close you are to your destination and can let you know when it’s time to jump off a bus or train – helpful when you’re visiting somewhere new and unfamiliar.

Available on iOS and Android

Rome2rio
As the name may suggest, this is an excellent app for planning journeys between two places. Say you’re visiting Berlin and you decide to make last minute plans to visit a friend in Madrid, this app will show you every possible route to get there including flights, buses, trains and boats. It will show you all the information you need including prices, distances, times and mileage to help you carve out the easiest, most affordable route from point A to point B.

Available on iOS and Android

TripIt
TripIt works by scanning all your reservations in your emails. Whether it’s restaurants, hotels, flights or other activities – TripIt will organise them all into one helpful timeline to show you your activities for the day.  Of course you can do this yourself with a bit of pen and paper, but TripIt automates the process for you and will send you push notifications for delays, gate changes and other alerts.

Available on iOS and Android

Google Translate
Most travellers would love to be able to speak a few different languages. However, it’s difficult and time consuming and despite your best efforts you might just not have mastered it yet. But that shouldn’t preclude you from being able to visit exciting places. With Google Translate you can download entire dictionaries offline so that if you want a quick reminder of how to ask for the bill you simply type in “the bill, please” and hey-presto it reminds you how to say it. Google Translate also has another exciting feature where (when connected to the internet) you can hover your camera over a sign, menu or other written text and the phone will translate it into your mother tongue for you. At present Google Translate supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish and around 90 more!

Available on iOS and Android

Do you use any special apps for travelling? Tweet us at @TimeForYouGroup and let us know your favourites.

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