The Benefits of Travel Apps
The Benefits of Travel Apps

If you are going travelling, either at home or abroad, there are myriad apps for your mobile phone or tablet which can ensure that you get to where you want to be safely, quickly and cheaply. We run down the top five. 1. Xe.com

If you are abroad and quickly need to check the exchange rate, making sure you're not getting ripped off by an indiscriminate vendor, then Xe.com is for you. It quickly and easily checks the exchange rates for all currency, saving you the trouble of complex mental arithmetic

2. TripAdvisor

Few people go away to anywhere, whether local restaurants or farther flung hotels and attractions without checking TripAdvisor. With an app for phone or iPad, it's easy to make sure that where you are going is up to standard and has everything that you will need for your holiday. The app list top attractions as voted by the TripAdvisor community, meaning you get an honest opinion and not just paid adverts.

3. Jet2.com

With instant access to the latest deals such as flights to pisa, and timetables for when you've booked, Jet2.com's new app makes it easy to get away on your holidays for less. The app also has up to date information for flights meaning you can make sure that your friends and relatives are waiting at the airport for you to land at the right time.

4. HG2

If you are a city break enthusiast, then Hedonists Guide is the app for you. With detailed knowledge about the best hotels, bars and city hotspots, this guide is essential if you are going to one of the 50 destinations listed, this is a must have app.

5. Packing Pro

So you're all booked and ready to fly, but your suitcase isn't going to shut. Get rid of packing angst with this handy little app which makes suggestions of what to pack depending on your location.

6. Urbanspoon

Once you've arrived at your destination, it can be difficult to decide where to go eat. Urbanspoon lets you choose wisely by either adding your location, price range and cuisine requirements, or shake your phone to generate a random restaurant.

7. Kindle

Instead of lugging heavy hardbacks with you, you can simply turn your iPad into a Kindle and transport your whole library without going over your luggage allowance. This app is available on mobile phones as well.