What’s an easy way to find out where you’re going, keep track of itineraries and share photos of your next family holiday? Travel apps. Here’s a look at six fantastic apps to make your next break a breeze.
Travel apps help keep your baggage weight down, occupy the kids during travel delays and make sure you stay on track with schedules. Plus, they’re easy on the finances, while taking the stress out of the unknown, especially if you’re going on an overseas adventure.
Packing for a family holiday can be complicated, especially if you’re not sure about the weather conditions and what you’ll need. PackPoint lets you input where you’re going, when and how long you’re staying for. Then, it’ll point out what you need, based on the results. You can even state whether or not you’re willing to repeat wearing basic items, like jackets or jeans.
Forget taking a travel wallet bulging with documents, as Tripit keeps everything in one place. All you do is email your hotel confirmations, airline itineraries and transport details to a central point, to create an editable travel profile that’s quick and easy to view. The app also keeps your plans and calendar in sync, as well as ensuring you have on-the-go access to everything you need.
The app uses your phone’s location finder to pinpoint the closest public bathrooms.
3. Sit or Squat
Sit or Squat is a bit of a giggle, but, as every parent knows, having easy, fast access to bathrooms is paramount to a successful holiday, when you’re out and about. The app uses your phone’s location finder to pinpoint the closest public bathrooms. Best of all, users rate them, so you can even check general cleanliness scores.
4. XE Currency
This free app takes the worry out of trying to convert currencies in a hurry. XE Currency allows you to view live exchange rates and calculate prices as you go. So, you’ll definitely know if your ‘bargain buy’ is worth it or if those nappies from the chemist are seriously overpriced.
5. Google Translate
How would you like to translate between 103 languages, just by typing? Google Translate lets you do it, which is a fantastic educational tool for the kids - not to mention a better option than awkward sign language, when you don’t know how to find the bathroom.
Make postcards of your travel photos, with apps
Everyone loves sending and receiving postcards and, now, you don’t have to rely on the post office. Touchnote allows you to upload a photo and create a caption for a postcard or greeting card. Then, they’ll print and send it for you!
When you download apps for packing, storing documents, converting currency, finding important facilities, translating and sharing photos, you’re pretty much covered for a stress-free family holiday.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.