There is a wealth of apps out there waiting to be discovered which are simple to use and will really make a difference to your organising; here, we take a look at some worth downloading before your travels.

If you’re going abroad, being able to speak or at least understand other languages is key, whether it’s ordering food in a restaurant or reading a road sign or map.

Google Translate is a trusty app for this which can help you identify phrases and learn words. Although it cannot be relied on to become fluent in another language, it can be a useful tool to quickly search for word translations.

Duo Lingo is a free app that helps you learn languages.

Duo Lingo is a great app for preparation for a trip abroad, plus its useful words games and speaking and listening tests mean you have fun too. The app is free and offers a multitude of languages that you can learn, with a variety of stages and topics from common phrases to names of food and drink.

Communication is so important, especially when travelling with a large group – you’ll want to make sure you keep track of where everyone is. Messenger apps such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are handy apps to have to speak to each other. These apps allow you to have group messages, meaning everyone can see each other’s messages and keep on track of their whereabouts.

Facebook Messenger is a great way to keep in touch with your group.

If you’re off somewhere hot, it’s really important to take sun cream. Some of us forget how powerful the sun’s rays can be and believe it or not there are apps for that too! Wolfram Sun Exposure and UV Lens both work by identifying the power of the sun’s UV rays and calculate the appropriate amount of time you should be spending in the sun, and encourage the factor of sun cream that is required for protection.

Staying safe in the sun is really important.

Looking to keep fit or find out how far you’re walking and how many steps you’ve taken? There’s are a wide host of different apps available that can do this, and if you have a sports watch, some can link up to them too. Pedometer is an app that calculates your steps, so you can take a look at the end of the days at how many you’ve taken, you might even like to set yourself challenges or compete with your fellow group members.

Why not challenge yourself to take more steps on your next trip?

Some phones already come with built in apps that do this too. For example, S Health, found on Samsung phones calculates steps taken, distance walked and can even be used for other sports too.

Who pays what and when is an important part of travel and organising travel and it can be stressful. There are a few apps out there that can help alleviate some stress. Splittr, for example, is an app that helps you organise payments. It’s most useful for splitting payments and bills when out with a group. It’s also a really helpful way of keeping on track of expenses used on a trip and can tell you who has paid and who is left to pay.

Apps such as XE help you understand other currencies when travelling.

Worried about how much money you’ll need to take when going abroad? XE Currency gives you information about the currency of the country you’re in and will help you convert your money.

And if you’re travelling by Eurostar, there is a dedicated app which allows you to type in your booking details and then provides you with all the information you need about your travel, including times and platforms. Other travel organisations will have their own apps too and it’s worth checking them out before you go.

Many travel companies will have dedicated apps.

Fancy more travel-inspired ideas?

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