Globetrotting: Top 5 Travel Apps

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Your phone is your best friend when travelling and in the glorious era of mobile apps the smartphone has become the ultimate travel companion. Apps bring your phone to life, and make your holiday that much easier. These days you can book cheap holidays, take amazing photos and let an app organise your entire travel itinerary.

When you visit the app store on your iPhone, the marketplace on your Android device or Blackberry’s App World, you’re bombarded with a choice of apps that are sure to make you the ultimate globe trotter. But before you download every one under the sun in a bid to become the next Bear Grylls-like ultimate explorer, why not take a look at our top 5 travel apps.

Photosynth

Photosynth turns that breath-taking view into interactive panoramic photos and it does so effortlessly. This great (free) app lets you stitch together separate photos of must share views and turns you into a professional photographer, if only for a moment. So the next time you’re standing with an awe inspiring view in front of you, usePhotosynth. Sending fantastic views to friends and families has never been easier (and neither has making them jealous!)

Cost- Free

Requirements- Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.  Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Trip It

For those that travel a lot, there is nothing more frustrating than turning up to check in and trying to find your booking details. This often involves losing your place in the queue, rummaging through your bag and then handing in a scruffy piece of paper to check-in desk staff, but no more thanks to  Trip it, a handy app that makes the administrative side of travel easy! This efficient and clever travel organiser syncs with your e-mail account and automatically picks any reservation/booking number for flights, hotels and restaurants. It then builds you an automatic and organised travel itinerary. Stress freetravel abounds!

Cost- Free

Requirements - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is genius. This travel app replicates its bigger on-line brother effortlessly and brings in flight prices from all over the world in seconds. Using the list of prices for flights from almost every airport in the world it’s easy to see the cheapest and quickest route to your desired destination, and book flights right then and there. A great travel app that does the simple things brilliantly and saves hours of trawling the internet for cheap prices. Perfect for when you’re on the move and needing to sort out your travel arrangements.

Cost- Free

Requirements- Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Also available for Android.

Instagram

Everyone’s favourite photography app is great for capturing holiday moments in a unique way. Use Instagram to add effects to your photos and turn your holiday photos into celebrities of their own. Instagram now boasts 10 million users that share photos in a photo loving community, encouraging users to like, love, comment and share each other’s photos.

Cost- Free

Requirements- Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

My Holiday Postcard

Another photography app but one worthy of inclusion, My Holiday Postcard is perfect for family fun. The app lets you combine the dated but much-loved concept of postcards with the fresh and exciting world of social media to create fun holiday updates. Take a picture, add a message and then send virtual postcards via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. Easy to use and perfect social networking integration makes my Holiday Postcard great for the not so technical traveller.

Cost- Free

Requirements - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

 

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