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Going on holiday? Top 10 travel apps

Passport on a mapGoing on holiday? If so, and you own a smartphone, downloading the right travel app can make your trip run that little bit more smoothly.

Sunglasses - check, travel insurance - check, travel apps? Yes, if you're planning a holiday, it pays to take advantage of the right travel apps.

This is the view of travel expert Phil Cameron, founder and CEO of No.1 Traveller, airport lounge specialists.

He says: "The right app will make whatever you’re trying to do simpler. But the biggest danger with apps is that they don’t think about the customer enough."

Here’s our round-up of the top 10 travel apps.

Just Landed

Know when to leave for the airport. In addition to tracking incoming flights in real-time, Just Landed also tracks your location and monitors current traffic conditions – even when the app isn't open. It intelligently figures out when to notify you to leave for the airport so that you'll arrive just in time to park and meet someone.

TripIt

TripIt organises travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place. Simply forward confirmation emails and TripIt will automatically build an itinerary for your trip that you can access anytime, online from a computer or mobile device.

Photosynth

This app is perfect for taking great holiday pictures. Photosynth allows users to shoot wraparound panoramas of wherever you are and share them with friends.

Mr Weather

For a light-hearted look at what the weather’s going to be like while you’re away, check out Mr Weather – he’s a frog who dresses up in various items clothing depending on conditions in your destination.

TripAdvisor

The TripAdvisor app allows you to look up the place you’re visiting so you can view best-rated hotels, restaurants, things to do and lots more. Gemma Stanbury, a product analyst at Confused.com, says: “I used it recently to plan things to do in Lyon for my summer holiday this year and it came up with lots of good ideas.”

Priority Pass

Relax and wait for your flight in style, away from the crowds - this app allows travellers to pinpoint and see details of all 600 plus airport lounges in Priority Pass network, so you can relax and wait for your flight in style, away from the crowds.

Airport lounges aren’t only for business travellers, says Cameron.

"If you’re anything like me, you hating waiting around for a plane. It’s irritating to get to the airport only to find out your flight’s been delayed.

"But airport lounges put the fun back into travelling.

"You can get to the airport early, settle into the lounge, and for the price of admission you get to eat drink and relax, enjoy free Wi-Fi and read the newspaper.

"There’s been a 40 per cent increase in use year-on-year, so it seems more holidaymakers are getting wise to the benefits of airport lounges."

iTranslate voice

For those that can’t seem to get to grips with the language, this is the perfect app for when hand gestures and talking slowly and loudly just won’t do! The app has a helpful voice recognition system. Simply speak into the phone and it will translate and repeat back to you, as well as showing you a written copy on your phone. It can speak 31 languages.

Skype app

Everyone knows and loves Skype, but now there’s an app which means not only can you speak for free if you have an internet connection, but it’s often cheaper to add credit to make calls to landlines back at home.

AroundMe

This handy app provides a list of potential attractions around you, you can search local restaurants, bars, car parks or banks that are nearby.

Airline apps

Cameron says: "I’m a frequent flyer and I love a number of travel apps. My favourite airline apps are the easyJet and Virgin Atlantic ones.

"Easyjet, like a lot of budget airlines, gets a bad press but I’m a fan of their app as it’s obvious they’ve thought about the needs of their passengers.

"The app allows you to check in and manage your booking, and it’s quick, functional and easy to use."

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Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick covers all things consumer for Confused.com. She started out on a weekly newspaper, via a national news agency and a stint in the fun but ‘not as glamorous as it appears on screen’ world of TV at the BBC researching consumer films for The One Show.

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