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Free - Requires iOS 5.0 or later www.tripadvisor.co.uk
Loved and loathed in equals measure, the popular TripAdvisor website is for many an essential stop-off when booking a holiday, planning a visit or even tucking into a meal. With 100 million plus users generated reviews and photos from users covering hotels, restaurants, flights, attractions and shops. The TripAdvisor app packs a lot in, including maps, local attractions, the ability to save, email and call contacts, yet it seems clear from iTunes Store reviews that information is often outdated or simply wrong. TripAdvisor also has its fair share of angry and odd reviews, best viewed with caution, while the sheer venom of some comments can be an unwanted distraction.
Free with 'Top In-App Purchases' - Requires iOS 6.0 or later http://questvisual.com
Word Lens translates printed words using your iPhone's built-in camera so you can read signs, menus and more when abroad. The augmented reality app is more novelty for some users with amusing translations at times, but we found it a useful tool to have on your travels. Unusually, the app works without an internet connection so you won't have to worry about roaming costs. While the app is free, Word Lens requires 'Top In-App Purchases' to translate - English/French, English/Spanish, English/Italian and so on - so could be costly if you travel frequently across Europe. Developers Quest Visual note more language options are in the works, including Russian and Chinese.
Free (with less options, ads) / £1.49 - Requires iOS 4.3 or later www.xe.com
XE Currency, as the name suggests, is an excellent tool for converting currencies around the world, so you can better budget on your travels and gauge the likelihood of a bargain when the sun or sherry has gone to your head. Live rates and currency charts, including historic rates, are also useful when deciding when to best buy your euros and more. For investors and city observers, the app also includes details on precious metals rates and can be used offline. XE Currency Pro junks the ads and adds the ability to simultaneously monitor twice as many currencies - 20 compared to 10 - which for road warriors and those investing is likely to be a plus.
Free - Requires iOS 6.0 or later http://uk.yahoo.com
Winner of an Apple Design Award, Yahoo! Weather is an attractive, essential app not just for travellers but for anyone ready and willing to step outside and face Britain's unpredictable weather. Yahoo! offers the usual location based reports, providing hourly forecasts over a 24-hour period along with a 10 day daily forecast. You can enter and save further locations by simply searching via 'city or ZIP code,' which is ideal when planning a journey. Locations extend to the rest of the world and generally results appear impressive, with accurate forecasts complimented by stunning photography provided by participating Flickr users.
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