Hol­i­day? There’s an app for that


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THE sum­mer hol­i­days are on the hori­zon – and this year you want a bet­ter get­away than ever. Don’t go any­where with­out these, the best apps to help you make the most of your sun­shine break.


■ Hop­per (iOS and An­droid, free) THEY SAY: Save up to 40% on your next flight or hotel stay! Hop­per pre­dicts the fu­ture of air­fare and hotel prices. Watch your next flight andw hotel stay in the app and get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion as soon as the prices drop to their low­est point.

WE SAY: An amaz­ing app that mon­i­tors price fluc­tu­a­tions for the flights and hotels you are in­ter­ested in, and pre­dicts the best time to book to get the best deal.

Works like a charm.

■ Skyscan­ner (iOS and An­droid – free)

THEY SAY: Skyscan­ner is an all-in-one travel app with flights, hotels and car rentals, all in one place.

WE SAY: If Hop­per doesn’t find you the deal you want, Skyscan­ner will – once you’ve found the flight you want, the app will no­tify you if the price changes.


■ App In The Air

(IOS and An­droid, free with in-app pur­chases – £4.99 monthly/

£29.99 an­nual sub­scrip­tion) THEY SAY: Your per­sonal fly­ing as­sis­tant that keeps you up-to-date with your flight: real time sta­tus, air­port tips and in-air­port nav­i­ga­tion maps, flight pro­file with all your flights logged.

WE SAY: The best way to keep up with your flight’s gate and de­par­ture time while in the air­port, us­ing App In The Air means you won’t have to lis­ten out for gate calls, or keep squint­ing at the de­par­ture board to see just how de­layed you are…

■ iTrans­late Con­verse (iOS, free with in-app pur­chases – £9.99 monthly/£39.99 an­nual sub­scrip­tion) THEY SAY: In­tro­duc­ing iTrans­late Con­verse, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new speech trans­la­tion app.

WE SAY: It lit­er­ally turns your iPhone into the first real-time trans­la­tion de­vice. Feels like liv­ing in the fu­ture.

■ Amount – Unit Con­verter (iOS, 99p)

THEY SAY: Amount is the most in­tu­itive, light­weight and easy-touse unit con­verter you’ve ever seen. WE SAY: Make sure you’re not get­ting ripped off at the bazaar by con­vert­ing ev­ery trans­ac­tion to pounds on the go. Easy to use, and ac­cu­rate.


■ Travel Guides by Ul­mon (iOS and An­droid, free) THEY SAY: Down­load your com­pre­hen­sive travel com­pan­ion with in-depth cu­rated con­tent from travel ex­perts, tips, pho­tos, and more.

WE SAY: Com­plete with nice down­load­able maps (so they work with­out con­nec­tiv­ity), Ul­mon’s travel guides have ex­panded to fea­ture points of in­ter­est, as well as an op­tion to save favourites so you can plan your trips in advance. More than 50 cities are cov­ered.


■ Yelp (iOS and An­droid, free) THEY SAY: Yelp has more than100 mil­lion re­views on busi­nesses world­wide! Whether you are look­ing for a pizze­ria that is open now or a cof­fee shop nearby, Yelp is your lo­cal guide to find­ing just the place to eat, shop, drink, re­lax, and play.

WE SAY: Yes, a lot of peo­ple use Trip Ad­vi­sor for this, but Yelp is a great re­source, too. I’ve found its rec­om­men­da­tions to be winners ev­ery time.


■ Trips by Lonely Planet (iOS, free) THEY SAY: Ex­plore ev­ery day with Trips by Lonely Planet – a beau­ti­ful, sim­ple and in­tu­itive way to share travel ex­pe­ri­ences. Upload pho­tos and videos to your time­line, then share your trip with your friends, fam­ily and fel­low trav­ellers.

WE SAY: Lonely Planet makes the best guides (and its app for that is pretty sweet, too), but Trips al­lows you to doc­u­ment your trip with words, pic­tures and video, and share with the Lonely Planet com­mu­nity.

It’s a re­source for trip-plan­ning, too, as well as be­ing beau­ti­ful to look and in­spi­ra­tional to read.

■ Journi (iOS, free with in-app pur­chases –

£48.99 an­nual sub­scrip­tion)

THEY SAY: Journi is the eas­i­est way to cap­ture your life as beau­ti­ful time­lines with pho­tos, notes, maps and more. Turn them into printed photo books in sec­onds.

WE SAY: If you’re a mem­ber, you get 10% off the great printed books you can make with this app – it’s all done pretty au­to­mat­i­cally and the re­sults will be a trea­sured keep­sake for years to come. It also of­fers on­line backup of your im­ages at full res­o­lu­tion, which may also prove price­less if your hard drive fails.

The se­cret to a stress-free hol­i­day could be right there on your phone

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