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Top holiday apps

Top holiday apps

There's an app to solve virtually every problem we ever had and loads we never knew about before. Here's a few that might just ease your globe-trotting.


Wi-Fi Finder

With roaming charges high, knowing where to find a wi-fi hotspot is essential. Fire up this app and follow directions to your nearest source of wireless internet. The offline mode allows map downloads before you go, so dodging massive bills.

Available on Android (free), iPhone (free),and  iPad (free)


This is the place to find brutally honest reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions etc. Touchdown in a strange city with nowhere to stay and you’ll only ever be a few prods away from the warts-and-all opinions of fellow travelers.

Available on Android (free), iPhone (free), and iPad (free) and Windows Phone (free)

Better Translator Pro

With more than 50 of the world's languages supported in the basic text mode, this app also offers an impressive 11 languages that work with its voice recognition function. It can be plugged in to Google and Bing’s translation services, which mean results usually, make sense.

Available on Android (£1.95)


Apple’s movie-studio-in-your-pocket is the best for those looking to shoot and send snippets of paradise to your friends and family. Impressive is the pared-down editing suite, where soundtracks and shot transitions can be dropped in to create moving postcards.

Available on iPhone (£2.99) and iPad (£2.99)
Ski Club Snow Reports

If you want to know how deep the snow is - completely non-existent, ankle-deep, or thigh-high - then this app can tell you the snow depth at most of the major resorts. It also provides information on the slopes and chair lifts.

Available on iPhone (free)


Weather Pro

App offering weather reports for more than two million locations, feeding in everything from cloud formations, atmospheric pressure and wind speed to humidity. It’s almost clairvoyant, so if you’re traveling to Berlin and it predicts rain, pack your umbrella.
Available on iPhone (£2.49), Android (£1.99) and Windows Phone (£2.29)


Jet Lag Genie

It’s agreed that slightly altering your sleep habits before a trip is beneficial. This app helps you do that. Input your travel dates, destination and usual sleeping times and it’ll deliver personalised alarm clocks to soften the blow.

Available on iPhone (£1.99)
XE Currency

This freebie is slick, easy to use, and – best of all, since it uses live currency rates – completely accurate. It’s been downloaded more than five million times to date, so don’t even think about hopping on a plane without it.

Available on iPad (free), iPhone (free), Windows Phone (free), and Android (free)
Packing Pro

Tell this app where you’re going, who with and how long for and it can give you a list of suggestions of what you should take,. It even splits it all up into clothes, essentials (currency, passport), gadgets and much more, with as many separate lists as you may need for the rest of the family.
Available on iPhone (£1.99)

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