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8 of the Best Apps for Organising your Travels

Travelling can be an intensely stressful time: you’ve got to pack your world into a rucksack, organise accommodation, flights and transfers, as well as ensuring you’ve got your passport and any necessary visas. To help make your life slightly easier when venturing around the world, we’ve found the eight best apps on the market, to help your planning go smoothly, and store all the important information you’ll need.

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It’s not the newest app on the market, but it’s one of the best to have while you’re travelling around the world. As long as you can connect to WiFi, you’ll be able to chat away with friends anywhere, choosing from message, SMS or video chat. It’s free to use, and easy to download so even the most technophobic members of your family will be able to keep in touch.

Available on all platforms, free for basic use

  1. 2.      AroundMe

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Going to a new place for the first time can be daunting: you never know the best places to eat, the most interesting attractions or where to find evening entertainment. This handy app detects your location and shows you the closest restaurants, bars, places of interest, and much more. It’s ideal for anyone staying somewhere new, no matter where they are in the world.

Available on iOS and Android, free

  1. 3.      Packing Pro

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Packing is possibly the worst part of any trip – especially when you’re heading around the world with a solitary rucksack. Do you need fly spray? What about clothes for every occasion, ever? How many pairs of shoes do you need? Packing Pro takes this stress off your shoulders: tell it where you’re going, and it will come up with a list of what you should take. It splits the lists up into different sections, such as essentials, clothes and gadgets, as well as offering suggestions for other people travelling with you.

Available on iOS, £1.99

  1. 4.      Hostelworld

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Anyone planning an around the world trip should make sure this app is in their collection. Hostelworld is a geo-tagged directory of over 25,000 cheap hotels and hostels, all over the world. With over 3.5 million user reviews to browse through, you can sift the cheap but cheerful, from the cheap and nasty.

Available on iOS and Android, free

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If you’ve got a limited amount of time to spend in a country, you don’t want to be suffering from jetlag when you could be exploring. Help fight your confused body-clock by readjusting to your new country’s time zone in the easiest way possible, with JetLag Genie. Put in your travel dates, destination and normal sleeping times, and it’ll create personalised alarm clocks, to help acclimatise you to your new sleeping pattern.

Available on iOS, £1.99

  1. 6.      WeatherPro

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No doubt that when you pack your bag you’ll be bringing items of clothing to cover all kinds of weather, but when you’re just visiting one country, or simply just don’t know what to wear, WeatherPro is a necessity to have. It holds weather reports for over 2 million locations, covering everything from wind speed and cloud formation, to pressure and humidity. It’s accurate and nearly always right – so it’s well worth checking before you go out for a hike!

Available on iOS, £2.49, Android, £1.99, and Windows Phone, £2.29

  1. 7.      HopStop

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Forget about forking out for taxis, or wondering around cities late at night, searching for the last bus home. With HopStop, you’ve got instant access to public transport information for over 68 of the world’s busiest cities. Regardless of whether you’re in New York or Northumberland, you’ll be well on your way.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, all free

  1. 8.      Pin Drop

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Life is always more exciting when you act spontaneously. Instead of poring through guide books and online forums about your destination, why not just go out and explore for yourself? If this sounds like you, Pin Drop is your perfect app. Explore the city, while making notes for other people. Drop a pin where you’ve enjoyed something, and browse through user-made lists about other places.

Available on iOS, free.

Written by Simon Markland who works for shipping company Voovit, providers of international shipping and excess baggage services.Visit them online at http://www.voovit.com/.