The must have travel apps

1. Word Lens ( Free)

See the world in your language: instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time! PHRASEBOOKS will get you so far, but what if you could hold your camera phone up and translate foreign languages before your very eyes? Word Lens uses optical character recognition technology to translate words.

Simply hold up the phone to a sign, book, album cover or anything with words on it and watch the translation happen before your eyes. The app can translate only French, Italian and Spanish but the developers hope to have more languages available very soon.

The app is free to download but the language packs cost $5.49 each.

2.  iTranslate Voice ($0.99)

Can you imagine talking into your phone in one language and immediately hearing yourself in another language? That’s exactly what iTranslate Voice does. Just speak into your phone and it immediately replies in one of our 36 languages.

THIS app uses voice recognition technology and translation software to help you communicate and understand different languages. The app contains two microphone icons at the bottom of the screen, with the flag of the country you want it to translate from and to. Tap the button to speak, say the words you want translated, and tap it again to stop. A written translation appears on the screen and an audio translation is available.

The app can translate up to 30 different languages and costs $0.99 to download.

3. TripAdvisor (Free)

Plan and have your perfect trip with TripAdvisor. WHEN it comes to hotels, it pays to trust the crowd rather than the reviews on the website, which may have a vested interest. TripAdvisor provides candid reviews of hotels, motels, apartments and bed and breakfasts from up to 75 million users worldwide.. Their robust flight search helps you find airfare deals, even on the go. And booking options for hotels, restaurants, and airfare are just a tap away.

Write your own reviews and upload photos of the facilities  – users can compare them with the ones on the hotel’s website. Use the app to explore restaurants, airfares, get answers and try the Near Me Now function to find accommodation, bars and restaurants nearby. TripAdvisor is an all-in-one travel app that accommodates almost all your basic travel needs.

4. Web Child (Free)

If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids, or planning your holiday to Australia, the Web Child Calendar App is the best way to find out what’s happening for families. Access the latest information about what’s on, where and how to get there in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.Each activity or location is given a rating of one to five stars. If you’re feeling indecisive, you can let WebChild make the decisions for you. Tap “Inspire Me” and choose from a selection of best rated activities. Applies only to locations within Australia.

5. Xe (Free)

Everyone needs a currency converter when they’re overseas. Convert every world currency on-the-go with the universally optimized XE Currency App for iPhone and iPad. It features live currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t. This FREE and simple currency calculator has received over five million downloads. XE Currency was an app of the week in iTunes, and has been featured by the BBC, the LA Times, CNN, and The Travel Channel!

The app comes with a calculator so you can figure out exactly how much of your budget you’ve blown while you’re away, or use it to figure out how to make your money go further. Even when you’re out of range, XE stores the latest currency rates.

A must-have for any traveller.

6. Check please ($0.99)

SO YOU’VE converted the currency but what about tipping? Tipping etiquette ranges from country to country. Unless you want the waiter to spit in your food the next time you visit, use Check Please to ensure you don’t commit any faux pas.

The app even calculates your share for split bills and can calculate a total with or without tax. If you’re getting to the end of your trip and you’re running out of cash, there is an option that lets you calculate the bill sans tip. It also calculates the bill for local currency.

The app is available in a “lite” and “full version”. The lite app is free but displays advertising. The full version, is $0.99 and does not display advertising.

7. Spotify (Free & Subscription)

Since Spotify’s U.S. launch a year ago, the startup has turned into one of the best streaming music services available today. And with the company’s transformation into a platform for music-focused apps, the service has gotten even better.
Spotify’s desktop and mobile applications give you access to a catalog of more than 16 million tracks. The company also has begun to offer Pandora-like radio that both free and paid users can access. But Spotify’s apps take the service a step further, fundamentally changing the experience of finding and listening to music.

8. Free WiFi Finder (Free)

JiWire’s Global FREE Wi-Fi app uses your iPhone’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate free Wi-Fi Internet access.  Overseas data roaming is expensive. Use the Free WiFi Finder app to locate free WiFi hot spots and keep that phone bill down. The app tracks more than 145,000 WiFi hot spots in more than 100 countries worldwide. It uses GPS to locate WiFi nearby and allows you to bookmark your favourite locations.

With over 145,000 Free locations worldwide, It also lets you search by location so you know in advance WiFi hot spots that are available in the areas to where you are travelling.

9. Foodspotting (Free)

Foodspotting is the leading app for finding and rating dishes, not just restaurants. With this visual guide to good food and where to find it, you can find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at any restaurant and learn what foodspotters, friends and experts love wherever you go. Co-founded by the former head of social media for the New York Times, Soraya Darabi, Foodspotting allows you to review individual dishes, rather than a restaurant as a whole, meaning users can find delicious meals even at 1-star restaurants. Simply take a photo of your meal, upload it to the app and write a quick review or description.

Users can reward good reviews with points known as “noms”.

If there’s a dish you’d like to try, save it to your favourites. If there’s one you’d rather not sample, simply hide it. Use the app to read what friends and experts alike think about various dishes.

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