1. Postagram Travel App
Think back to the last time you sent a postcard – you probably can’t remember it. (We certainly can’t...) Admittedly, it’s a bit of a lost art, but Postagram have developed a brilliant app to change all that. All you need to do is take a photo with the ever-popular instagram app on your iPhone and with the click of a button, it’ll make sure a glossy high-quality postcard of your photo will drop through your loved ones letterbox, with whatever 140-character message you choose. A brilliant way to win brownie points and share your travels with your friends and family. And all for a very purse-friendly 99 pence.
For a free download visit: postagramapp.com
2. Top Table App
With over 100,000 downloads in the first two weeks of its launch, the Top Table app was a huge success right from the word go. The popular online restaurant booking service puts an end to racking your brains for somewhere good to eat, and the map-syncing function means you’re able to source any of the 3000+ restaurants from right where you’re standing. You can view menus and prices, the useful ‘tip calculator’ and also make the most of the ‘my sommelier feature’ to help pair your wines with your meals. Plus, a handy 10% off can be used for all customers that book via their mobile.
For a free download visit: itunes.apple.com
3. Mini Diary App
The Samsung Galaxy SII is one of the hottest new phones on the market right now – it’s super-speedy, has a great inbuilt navigation system and is perfectly geared up for social networking. Best of all, it comes with the Mini Diary app (that will already be in your applications folder). Mini Diary is seriously easy to use, and you can log your daily events, as you would a normal diary, with the added bonus of having photos and even the ability to record the day’s weather. Save them for your own personal record of your travel memories or, just as easily, upload them to Facebook or Myspace to share.
4. Flight Tracker Travel App
There are now endless travel apps to choose from – ranging from the life-changingly helpful to the quite simply ridiculous. Flight Tracker, however, definitely falls into the former category, particularly for regular fliers. It enables you to check the status of your flights every minute, so you can keep an eye out for delays, cancellations and most importantly last-minute dashes for gate changes. Flight Tracker is one of the most popular flight apps you can find and, traffic willing, means you need never miss a flight again.
Price: £2.99. Visit: itunes.apple.com
5. Cool Places Travel App
From Wallpaper to Style City, there are plenty of chic travel guides lauding destinations from Beirut to Barcelona. However, desirable as these destinations are, sometimes all we need is a little of bit insider knowledge about what’s going on in our home towns – which is where Cool Places’ app comes to the rescue. With 100s of independently reviewed things to see and do and eat and drink in the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with only the coolest hangouts making the cut. The location maps and details are super-accurate and if you really can’t decide which to choose, spin the ‘Random’ function wheel for a little extra inspiration.
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