July marks the start of the summer holidays, and in a digital age where we use smartphones more and more, it makes sense that instead of buying language dictionaries and tourist guide books, we would rather download a selection of helpful apps. Not only are they usually cheaper - or even free! - it also saves space in the suitcase.
The question is: which apps to download? Here are a selection that will take the stress out of all that planning and preparation.
Trying to make travel arrangements at the last minute can be difficult and stressful.
GoEuro lets you compare flight, bus and train prices through a single search option.
The app has over 46,000 routes mapped out and partners include National Express, Eurostar and EasyJet.
Sure, eating out is fun, but if you are looking for a more authentic dining experience during your travels, Eatwith offers travellers in-home dining with a local host.
The app covers 60 countries worldwide.
myTaxi (previously known as Hailo) allows you to book a licensed taxi in Europe by letting you set a pick-up location and select a car of your choice.
You can even get a quote estimation for how much your ride is going to cost.
4. Google Translate
Let’s face it, packing your suitcase full of phrase books just isn’t the ideal travel scenario.
Thankfully, Google Translate is pretty helpful and can translate over 100 languages through text and audio features.
5. BT Wi-fi
Free to BT Broadband and BT Mobile customers, once you've downloaded this app, you can automatically get online with 5 million wi-fi hotspots all over the UK. Which is ideal for uploading pictures to Instagram, showing your adventures.
You only have to log in once, then it'll connect automaticaly whenever you're in range, leaving you free to concentrate on taking the perfect pic.
Whether you are backing up your travel itinerary online or you have printed your confirmation emails, it’s always handy to have a digital back-up which you can access quickly.
TripIt allows you to forward your travel confirmation emails to the app, so all your travel plans are aggregated into a handy daily itinerary.
7. Time Out
Want to know more about the local events taking place during your visit?
Time Out is great for on-the-go travellers to discover the best events and places to go on your trip.
BlaBlaCar is definitely worth trying – if you don’t mind sharing a ride with strangers.
The idea is that you save £££s on your journey by looking for people who are driving from your area to the place you need to go.
You can choose to travel with people you like, based on their profile information on the app – such as musical tastes, age and whether they allow smokers or pets in their car.
This traffic app provides offline voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, local search and points of interest – so you don’t have to use all your data.
Navmii has had more than 24 million downloads.