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Travel apps

The Internet is undoubtedly one of the best inventions of the twentieth century, if not since time began. What we did without it is a scary thought as most of us now rely on it every day.

The introduction of Smartphones and tablets has seen Internet usage increase dramatically, as people use their pocket devices to check anything and everything whilst on the move.

No longer does an argument remain unresolved in the pub - someone will whip out their phone and Google the answer. Problem solved.

When you’re travelling, a Smartphone is extremely useful as you can check-in for your flight, look up the next train, play a game and (incredibly) ring someone to tell them what time you’ll arrive.

There are countless travel apps available, many of which are free to download (although beware of Roaming charges), and they can really help you to make the most out of your trip.

Google Translate

A must if you don’t speak the local language of the country you’re visiting, this app allows you to type or speak a word into your phone and get an instant translation. Useful for keywords and phrases but don’t rely on it for essays or letters.

Off Exploring

Ideal for longer trips, this app allows you to upload a blog, photos and your location quickly and easily so friends and family can keep up to date with your adventure.

Trip Advisor

If you like to try before you buy, this app has reviews and recommendations of tourist attractions, hotels and beaches. It’s best to take all advice with a pinch of salt, but generally a good starting point.


Book hotels, flights and car hire with this clever little app. Once you receive your confirmation email, if you forward it to the app it’ll create a useful itinerary for you.


Newly optimised for the iPad, the TomTom app is much better than a SatNav as you have the additional benefit of the larger and enhanced touch screen which has the menu on the side of the screen. The app’s also a lot cheaper!

And just for fun… Google Earth

Explore the world in 3D from the comfort of your own home, zooming into streets around the world. You can also look under the sea and in outer space.

John Lewis Travel Insurance

If you’re heading off into the wilderness armed with your phone or tablet, make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers all your gadgets and gizmos.

John Lewis Travel Insurance offers up to £2,500 per person for lost luggage, as well as up to £6,000 for trip cancellation.

Choose from our annual multi-trip or single-trip travel policies and you’ll also be entitled to up to £10 million of emergency medical treatment.

For further tips and advice, please see our quick guide (PDF).

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