2013 Best Holiday Travel Apps

Apart from your friends or family, the one holiday companion you need with you on holiday is your iPhone.

iTune apps can not only help you get to your holiday destination safely and quickly – but can also keep you entertained and in touch while you are lazing on your sun lounger by the pool.

2013 is going to be another bumper year for apps and if you want your favourite holiday companion to be properly kitted out and ready for action, here are the best holiday iPhone apps for 2013.

BabyTravel

The BabyTravel app is free and helps you get your little bundle of joy ready for the hols. You can estimate the type of clothing you need to take and the amount according to the age of your little one and the destination of your holiday. The BabyTravel app also covers older children and if you use the link to the BabyTravel blog online you will find lots of advice on travelling with children – plus games for them to play en route. Sorted.

FlightView

For anyone who has ever been stuck on the tarmac on holiday (not literally) flight review is an app which will keep you up to speed on the status of your holiday flight, with live updates on flights and departure/arrival times – plus updates on that most crucial piece of airport information, departure gates and gate closing times. Never caught out in the Duty Free with one minute to your gate closing ever again. FlightView costs just $0.99.

Packing (+ To Do)

For just $0.99 from iTunes you can get help not only with packing your holiday suitcase, but also with other pre-holiday chores such as organising all the other things you need to do, including getting the kids’ stuff ready and making sure the baby buggy is packed. Packing app works on a list system and you can make your own lists and adjust them to your heart’s content. There are lists for male and female travellers, plus you can keep tabs on the weight of luggage to make sure you don’t go over the allowance.

Tripadvisor

Holidays before Tripadvisor do not bear thinking about, but now you can check the pros and cons of most hotels, restaurants, attractions and resort highs and lows. You can also book hotels directly on Tripadvisor and the app gives you addresses, phone numbers and info about local places to visit, as well as helping you find a child-friendly restaurant or a romantic retreat for you and a loved one. Best of all, all this info cost absolutely nothing.

When an app doesn't do the job and can't help remedy a bad holiday, remember you can make a complaint to your tour operator if you have suffered a loss of enjoyment and it was their fault.

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