While a holiday is the perfect way to unwind, planning a trip can be hard work. Even for a shorter stay, there is always so much to think about from the simpler things like what you’re going to pack, to the more intricate details of entry requirements for example.

It’s hard to keep track of everything but like most things in life, we can rely on our smartphones to make life a little bit easier.

There’s an app for everything these days and here are our top 5 to download before your next trip:

 

Duolingo

 It’s never a good idea to arrive in a foreign place with no idea how to even say please and thank you – let alone working out how to ask for help if you get stuck. Spend an hour or two on Duolingo before you head somewhere new to learn the basics of the language – you’ll be asking where the best restaurant in town is in no time!

 

Passport Photo Codes

Acceptable Passport Photos UK

Current, up-to-date passports and visas are essential for any trip abroad so it’s important that you have all your travel documents in order before you depart. Using a passport photo app on your iPhone means you can sort all of these papers with ease. Passport Photo Codes UK allows you to apply for your documents online without the need to visit a photo booth, you can do the whole process from your sofa! Just upload your photograph to the app and use the unique code generated for your online passport or visa application.

 

Calm

Even with the best planning, things don’t always work out how you were expecting them to and it can be a stressful experience. Calm is a great one to have on your phone for when you’ve got 10 minutes while you wait for the plane to take off for example. Plug your headphones in and whether you decided to meditate or listen to soothing sounds, you’ll feel more relaxed in no time.

 

Pack point

We’ve all done it; arrived at our destination after a long day of travel only to find that we’ve forgotten to pack a toothbrush or even worse, a phone charger! With all the big things to remember, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the small things but pack point is here to help.

Fill in a few small details, like the destination and what sort of things you’ll likely be doing there and the app will put together a list of everything you might need. It’ll even go as far as to check the weather and make sure you remember an umbrella – or your sunglasses!

 

Uber

Uber is almost a way of life nowadays so why not use it abroad in the same way you would at home? If you’re not sure where you’re going and you haven’t got any local currency, Uber is the quickest and easiest way to get to where you want to go.

With your suitcase in one hand and a smartphone in the other, watch the stresses of travel and preparing for it to fade away as these helpful apps guide you all the way to the beach!

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