With the holiday season just around the corner foreign travel is top of many people’s list at the moment. With this in mind we thought we’d share some of the best FREE travel apps with you.
A bit like having a travel agent in your pocket, the Tripit app pulls together travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars, events bookings and puts it into one single itinerary. All you need to do is forward your emails to the app and it will do the rest. If you’re travelling with others you can easily share the plans, making this a useful app for coordinating a group trip.
Google translate app
For those of you who don’t speak the local lingo of the country you are planning to visit why not download the free Google Translate app which will translate foreign language several ways using your phone:
By typing in text-This feature allows you to handwrite words and phrases and have them instantly translated.
Translate by speech-You can speak out words or phrases and have them translated in the language of your choice.
By pointing your camera-You can simply hold your camera up to text – such as a sign or a menu and it is translated to you.
Learn how to pronounce translated words-Learning how to pronounce a foreign word correctly is important if you want to be understood on holiday. Google Translate provides you with ability to listen to how the translated word is pronounced in the target language by simply clicking on the ‘Listen icon’ that shows up next to your translation. Most languages in Google Translate support this feature.
App in the air
App in the Air is a smart, straightforward, flight tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. It will keep you updated about flight status – even if you don’t have internet coverage – and helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages; check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time.
Whilst Whatsapp and Skype and are used by many when making international calls, unless you have a wifi connection you won’t be speaking to anyone. To make cheap calls around the world without the internet, the Rebtel app gets the best available calling rates for you by “hijacking” local phone lines. Until 2018 friends or family who are also using the can be called for free.