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Seven apps to make travelling less stressful

Seven apps to make travelling less stressful

While holidays are usually a time of excitement and opportunity, there is a lot of potential for things to get a bit stressful both before and during your trip. If you want to take some of the pressure off yourself, consider using a few of these tried and tested apps.

 

Trov

Before jetting off on holiday, it’s a good idea to make sure that your belongings are insured. However, in the rush of planning a trip, this is often put to the bottom of the list and easily forgotten. Trov lets you quickly insure common electronic items (such as laptops, mobile phones and cameras) for set periods of time with a simple swipe within the app.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, with price dependent on cover

 

HolidayPirates

When it comes to searching for a holiday, it's easy to get weighed down in the amount of options available to you on your budget. HolidayPirates provides holiday inspiration and sources the very best holiday deals every day through manual searching and advanced algorithms. The ‘Travel Alert’ function is handy as it tells you via WhatsApp when something matching your criteria pops up, from flights and hotels through to holiday homes and weekend breaks, 

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use

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TripIt

One of the most stressful things about travelling is keeping track of all the important documents. A great app to help organise essential information and keep it together is TripIt. It collects all the pieces of information from your confirmation emails – flights, hotels, bookings, rentals and everything else – and puts it together in your own virtual itinerary. All you need to do is forward the emails to the app, so it's super easy to manage the travel admin.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

 

Babbel

Before you travel, it's a good idea to pick up at least some of the local lingo in order to save yourself from potentially stressful situations further down the line. The language learning app Babbel, available in 14 languages, will get you talking, practicing your language skills and working on your accent from the first lesson. Unlike some similar apps, the content you learn can easily be applied to real life situations, which is reassuring and useful.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download. Costs from £4.75 per month for 12 months of use.

 

Foursquare

When you go abroad, it's easy to get sucked into the typical tourist traps, which often results in expensive and underwhelming food and entertainment. If you haven’t had time to do your research before you travel, get an app like Foursquare. It provides you with tips from the locals as to the places that are genuinely great and loved by local people, so you'll hopefully experience the spirit of each place you travel to.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

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LiveTrekker

If you like to keep track of everything you have seen and done so that you can reminisce once home, LiveTrekker enables you to document your travels in a digital travel diary. The app records where you go, creating a map of the routes you take and the places you walk by. It also monitors your speed and altitude, which is great for active travellers. As you create the map, you can add audio, video and text, bringing your travels to life for future moments of reflection.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

 

PackPoint

Packing your bags to go on holiday can be really stressful, and no matter how thoroughly you do it, you’re bound to forget at least one item. If the thought packing for your trip makes you uneasy, download PackPoint. It allows you to input your destination, dates of travel, length of stay and the activities you will be doing, then generates a list of all items you need to pack.

Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

 

Which apps do you use to take the stress out of travel? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter at @YayEveryDay_

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