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5 Essential Travel Apps

No more frantically fumbling around in your Spanish phrase book, or forgetting your swimsuit, or getting horribly lost, or wandering the streets searching for somewhere to eat . These 5 must-have travel apps will take the hassle out of your holiday abroad and help you relax and make the most of it. 1. Postcard on the Run - Free This is brilliant. You take a photo on your phone and it sends a real postcard of it to the person or people of your choice. You can add a personal message and even draw your signature on. Postcard on the Run deal with all the postage admin. The app is free but it does cost to send a postcard. We all still love receiving postcards, so this is a novel way to combine 21st century technology with good old fashioned tradition. 2. Packing Pro -  £1.99 Don't forget your toothbrush! This app acts as your own portable, personal packing helper. You create and manage packing lists, plus there's a built-in catalogue with loads of suggested items and packing tips so you don't leave anything out. You can email your list to other users too. This app is ideal for big trips of a lifetime or if you're just a bit on the forgetful side! 3. Google Translate - Free With the Google Translate app, you can translate the words and phrases of more than 60 languages, 17 of which you can speak the text instead of typing it. It also has a Conversation Mode, available in 14 languages, which allows you to communicate with another person using speech-to-speech translation. For more common phrases you're going to need to repeat, you can store them so you've got easy access to them when you need it. 4. TripIt® - up to £2.54 The ultimate travel organiser, this handy app stores all your travel plans in one place so there's no scrambling around looking for hotel directions or car rental phone numbers etc. You don't need an internet connection, so you can access all the info. you need anywhere. You can also share your travel itinerary with family or friends. 5. XE.com - Free This is a must-have travel app for anyone who ever ventures abroad. It can convert every imaginable world currency. It tracks currency rates and updates them every minute too. Great for checking prices quickly, wherever you are in the world.  

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