Best travel apps for summer holidays 2013

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At Phones Review we often offer a look at some of the best useful or entertaining smartphone apps available. As it’s summer time we thought it would be a good idea to round up some of the best travel apps for summer holidays 2013, for Android devices and iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Many of us now make constant use of apps on our devices, and there are some great apps available to help you make the best of your vacation and travel time. For each app we’ve listed here, we’ve given the relevant links to find out more or download the apps from the Google Play Store or App Store.

No holiday app selection would be complete without a currency converter so we’ll begin with XE currency. This is an app that we use all the time on our travels, and it can convert every world currency. It features live proprietary currency rates, stores the last updated rates, and is easy to use. You can calculate prices, monitor up to 10 currencies and also personalize your settings. The iOS app is free at iTunes here and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later. The free Android version is available at Google Play here (requirements vary by device).

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Many of you may be going on holidays that involve flying, and so the FlightTrack app is a good option. This gives users the ability to track 1,400 airlines worldwide with real-time status for gates, delays and cancellations. It features zoomable flight maps, detailed flight cards, and covers 3,000 airports around the world. The free iOS app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. The free Android app is suitable for devices running Android 2.3 or later.

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Packing Pro is another very useful app for those of us who need some help with remembering the essentials, but this is only available for iOS devices. This will help to solve all of your packing dilemmas and will even give you hints on what you should pack for different destinations. Users can create packing lists for multiple people, and it allows users to monitor a running total of items and check them off and much, much more. The iOS app is priced at $2.99 /£1.99 and is for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later.

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Next up we have the Perfect World Clock app for Android. This is free and suitable for devices running Android 1.6 or later, and it’s a useful tool to have when you’re on your travels. It will give you the time for your destination, or back home, any location worldwide in fact. It covers 20,000 cities across all time zones, with unlimited widgets showing times, day and night displays, digital and analog clock styles and more.

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Our final suggestion is WorldMate. This app is a great resource for many of the things you may need for your holidays. It helps you to manage every aspect including planning, booking and much more. The wide range of travel services include an itinerary manager, the ability to share itineraries on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIN, flight info, access to past trip information, maps and directions, and a travel dashboard. It’s a hugely comprehensive app with a lot to offer, and the iOS version is free and compatible with devices running iOS 5.0 or later. The Android app is also free (requirements vary by device).

That concludes our look at some of the best travel apps available for summer holidays 2013, and we hope you find some of these useful. If you have any other excellent travel apps to recommend to other readers from the App Store or Google Play, then please do send us your comments, or let us know your thoughts on any of the above apps.

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