Smartphones give the average traveller the opportunity to carry around the knowledge normally found in the local tourist information centre. The inclusion of a few simple applications can give you access to a wealth of travel content that will provide useful information from around the world.
Most holidaymakers are looking for information about the local area, assistance with a foreign language or help finding somewhere to stay for the night. These additions to your mobile phone will give you essential information and advice, making your visit a more pleasurable one.
2) Lonely Planet – Another in the line of virtual tour guides that gives detailed information on 25 city guides and includes a very useful audio phrasebook in 16 languages, each carrying over 600 phrases. (Free) iPhone and android version
4) World Customs – How often do you read about tourists falling foul of local customs and traditions? Well this little app will prepare you for wherever you travel, no more needing to worry about what to wear or if holding hands is acceptable. The World Customs program covers all the laws and local peculiarities for 165 countries all over the planet. (Free) iPhone
5) Open Table – Offering the choice from over 14,000 restaurants in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada at present and offers reward vouchers to users of the app. You can locate the nearest restaurants, book tables and get directions at the simple push of a button. (Free) iPhone
6) Eventful – Find out exactly what is happening around the area while you are on holiday. Eventful is an iPhone app that has millions of events internationally, thousands of venues and tour dates of over 130,000 performers. GPS will let you know of entertaining options near you. (Free)
7) XE Currency Converter – The XE Currency Converter allows you to check how much you are paying for things in your home currency and is linked to current market rates so gives you up to the minute exchange rates as well. It has access to 180+ currencies and allows users to customise their choice of currencies to track. (Free) iPhone and android systems.
10) Hotel Pal – Never have to panic over finding a room for the night again. The Hotel Pal has over 100,000 worldwide hotels to suggest, giving pricing, facilities and directions, with good coverage of most urban areas. (Free) iPhone
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