iPhone apps to make your travel life easier

Stephanie Yip 11 August 2015 NEWS


Holidays should be fun, right? Save yourself needless hassles when travelling by downloading these time-saving apps.

There are always issues that don’t cross your mind until you have well and truly arrived at your destination. Then it hits you: you probably should have brushed up on your French before landing in Paris. Or it might have been sensible to jot down what size you are in US before hitting all those bargain-priced outlet malls

Now you’re asking around in broken French and trying to comprehend the answer without looking like a total idiot – or you’re picking random clothes off the rack that “look” like they fit. This wouldn’t have happened if you’d taken these time saving apps with you.

So don’t make that mistake! Best get a wriggle on.

Four time saving and stress relieving apps



Ideal for: Breaking down conversational barriers

Price: Free

This app helps break down the conversational barriers – especially if you’re going off the beaten track and heading into a region where English isn’t commonly spoken. Its intuitive interface features offers translations between 50 languages (including 36 regional dialects), and includes speech-to-text translation.

Download it now


Converted By Ideon

Ideal for: Avoiding embarrassing yourself at the racks

Price: $6.49

Converted By Ideon converts local measurements to the units you’re familiar with. From weight to length, it’s a simple convertor but it can make a big difference when shopping. There’s also support for Apple Watch.

Download it now


Tip Check

Ideal for: Avoiding embarrassing yourself at the register

Price: Free

Avoid insulting your waitress or wracking your brain trying to calculate what 15% of your total divided by your party is with Tip Check. This app calculates the tip you owe to ensure no- one will be shooting daggers in your direction as you leave the restaurant.

Tick Check covers 69 countries and calculates four different categories: restaurants, bars, porters and taxis.

Download it now


Packing Pro

Ideal for: Making the most of that baggage space

Price: Free

Input your trip details and this smart app will provide advice on what you need (and what you don’t need) to pack.

It’s especially useful if you’re the kind of person to forget your pyjamas or toothbrush. (It happens to even the most avid globetrotters.)

Download it now

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