These days theres no need to buy a hefty guidebook before you head off on holiday. With most of us packing phones and tablets along with our passports now, we can take advantage of a world of mobile travel guides to help plan a stay - before we go and when were there. Heres our selection of five of the best travel apps featuring travel guides.
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Free: iPhone, iPad and Android
This super interactive app is what happens when two canny ex-Google folk focus on travel. Triposo pulls in open source destination content from across the web (from sites like Wikitravel, Wikipedia, World66 and OpenStreetMap), does some very clever stuff, and makes it relevant to each traveller using it.
Theres no need for an internet connection to use the guide. It covers thousands of destinations around the world with country and city maps and information on the popular sights, places to eat and nightlife. Theres also a currency converter, phrasebook, and details of events and the weather - which will update when youre online and make suggestions on things to do where you are.
Free: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android
Stay city guides provide detailed offline maps (so no mobile charges again) and local expert advice for food, coffee, shopping, nightlife and other entertainment in 150 cities across the globe. You can create your own personalised travel planner and add any place to your guide, whether its a market youve spotted or a friends house. Your guide will automatically update once youve got wifi again.
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Various prices: iPhone, iPad and Android
Aaah, Lonely Planet, a faithful friend when youre off exploring the big wide world. The classic travel guidebook publisher offers a range of apps, including trip planning guides with suggested itineraries, highlights, cities, regions and sights; expert tips on food, history, arts, family travel; and easy booking for activities, tours and accommodation, whatever your budget.
Theres also a free Fast Talk language app which contains helpful, common phrases in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Latin American Spanish. The trusty Lonely Planet guides and phrasebooks are available as ebooks too.
Free: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, some guides available for Windows
Another traditional travel guide publisher, Fodors has adapted its quality content for the app world. You can get insider tips and recommendations for accommodation, sightseeing, shopping, eating and going out.
Search for local recommendations by destination, price range or interest, and use the interactive maps to read reviews and find places youd like to go. You can also book hotels, restaurants, concerts and theatre tickets with Fodors partners, including OpenTable below. Look out for the Fodors Choice lists of the top things to see and do in each destination.
Free: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, Blackberry
Booking a table for dinner when youre away can be a bit of a hassle...with the OpenTable app you can make instantly confirmed table bookings for thousands of restaurants around the world. Search by name or distance from your current location, and see them on an interactive map. You can refine your search results by the style of food, price or real-time availability.
The app also provides menus, diner reviews and directions. OpenTable members earn Dining Rewards Points which can be redeemed at any OpenTable restaurant.comments powered by Disqus