With the weather finally being a bit sunny, people's thoughts are naturally turning to escaping the office and heading off on holiday. But actually booking and organising a trip can be a stressful business at best, whether it’s a weekend for two in the Cotswolds or a month of extreme sports in New Zealand.
So let your phone take the strain, and check out T3's best five holiday-booking, stress-killing apps to get you on the beach in a quick fashion.
Read below for our speediest travel apps to download now
1/ KAYAK Pro Flights, Hotels, Flight tracker
Covering off all your booking needs in one place, KAYAK PRO lets you search for flights, hotels and even cover off your car rental situation.
A tool comparison tool ensures you’re getting the best deal, and if you are waiting for a friend to fly in, you can use the flight status checker to avoid hanging around the airport for hours.
2/ TripIt – Travel Organizer
Constantly worried about missing connections or misplacing hotel addresses? Tripit helps keep all your travel plans in order.
Just forward your booking confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and automatically all of your information - including flights, hotels, and car rental - is sorted out, presented in one place, and can be checked online and offline, which should come in handy when you’re airborne.
Platform: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
Making the journey to work a little more interesting, Wikitude stores information from Wikipedia and Qype, so all you need to do now is hover your handset over a chosen destination to reveal a wealth of information. There's also a Wikitude Drive app that combines real-time navigation with AR, overlaying point-to-point directions without the need of a map.
4/ Google Translate
Save yourself the time of forking out for the textbooks and series of CDS and get your international linguistic fix by learning any language in seconds. Well, type or speak into your mobile and have it speedily translated into 15 languages which include Swedish, Japanese and Welsh.
5/ Exodus Adventure Holidays
Because lying on the beach sipping cocktails isn’t everyone’s idea of the perfect holiday, Exodus caters for those prefer to get their adrenaline pumping while in their shorts.
Grab a last minute deal or speak to one of the Exodus travel experts, and you’ll soon be trekking, biking or even going on a polar expedition in no time.
6/ Travel Tip-off
Gone the days when you had to sit through hundreds of pages on Teletext Holidays, Travel-Tip-off serves up the latest deals whether it’s a far flung trip or a cheaper ‘staycation.’
You can check out the top 10 deals and use one-click dialling to make the call to seal the deal with the relevant tour operator.
7/ British Airways
Making that often lengthily stay in departures a stress-free experience, the BA app gives you access to check-in details, departure times and gate numbers.
If you subscribe to the British Airways’ frequent flyer scheme you’ll also be able to use your Apple smartphone as a boarding pass. Although this means check-in staff have no idea where to put your luggage stickers…