So you’ve decided to book a holiday and to avoid the usual travel turbulence, we here at Mad On Travel have come up with a run down of some of the most useful travel apps, to help your holiday run smoothly.

 

Before setting off our first application is Tripit, a useful tool for collating all of your travel information such as; flight details and reservations be that dinner or hotel. By linking up with your email it stores all of your reservation numbers all in one place, so there is no need to go fumbling through your email or write them all down on that crumpled piece of paper, that will no doubt get lost. It also doubles up as a social media tool so if you wish to share your itinerary with friends and family you can!

Now that you have your information up together it’s time to head off, when landing finding your way around this alien landscape can be a daunting prospect but fear not, Google Maps is on hand, providing an accurate local map for almost any location. A “street view” option should ensure that even those of you who aren’t accomplished orienteers’ can still have a fool proof method for reaching your destination.

After settling into your new surroundings and finding your lodgings (hopefully with ease), you must be ravenous. Here Urbanspoon becomes an indispensable local guide that fits into your pocket, with thousands of restaurant reviews, you’ll know exactly where to find the cuisine you’re looking for. Or if perhaps you don’t know where to begin, the slot machine style restaurant selector can help you make that all important informed decision.

Having found that gastronomic delight, the next obstacle lies with knowing what you’re ordering and how to place your order. No doubt this will come in useful as there may well be local specialities you wish to remain with the locals. Google Translate allows you to speak directly into your phone and receive a quick translation into over 50 different languages. Asking for the bill like a true linguist may pose no problem but decoding the foreign currency may well be a new conundrum. Luckily Xe is on hand to do all the hard work for you. A quick and easy to use currency converter, will ensure you know exactly what you’re paying, so you don’t end up out of pocket.

Having left the restaurant and ambling on into the night, you may find yourself regretting not using the restaurants’ “facilities,” this is where the Sitorsquat app is invaluable. Finding the closest available commode will come as a big relief and help preserve your dignity.

The following morning you may find yourself stuck for ideas on where to go or what to see, but we have it covered. With EveryTrail you can view other peoples’ trips and suggestions giving you a personal insight into your chosen location.

Meandering through the streets you may wish to find out more about your destination, Wikitude has a wealth of knowledge, this augmented reality app allows you to turn the streets into an interactive virtual world finding everything from local ATMs, discounts for shops near by, local events and information about local landmarks.

Now the festivities are coming to an end and it’s time to head home but you’ve left it too late to send postcards to your loved ones! Postagram has you covered, you can create your own personal postcard using one of your holiday snaps and a message gloating about the fantastic weather. For 99 cents the Postagram team print your creation and send it off to anywhere in the world.

Leaving those warmer shores and heading back to the motherland may leave you with post vacation blues, unfortunately we have yet to find an app to help cure this dreaded sickness, other than booking the next adventure!