1. Babbel – To ensure you’re understood
Babbel is perfect to help every family member pick up a bit of local lingo before you go and avoid any embarrassing miscommuncation with the locals. Available in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian, the app will have you all talking another language no matter your level – beginner, moderate or advanced.
Not only can you practice your language skills and work on your accent from the first lesson, the content you learn can easily be applied to real life situations. Available on iOS and Android, babbel.com
2. Trov – To protect your valuables
It’s unlikely anything will go wrong on your holiday but you don’t want to be left high and dry if it does. In the rush of getting packed, insurance can be easily forgotten. Trov allows you to quickly insure common electronic items, such as laptops, mobile phones, and cameras, allowing users to turn insurance on and off with a simple swipe within the app. Available on iOS and Android, trov.com
3. Tripit – To keep track of your travel
One of the most stressful things about travelling in a large group is keeping track of all the important documents and what time you need to be where. Tripit collects all the small pieces of information from your confirmation emails – flights, hotels, bookings, rentals, and everything else – and puts it together into your own, bespoke itinerary. All you need to do is forward the emails to the app, making it easy to manage the travel admin. Available on iOS and Android, tripit.com
4. Packpoint – To take the right things
Packing your children’s bags as well as your own is a recipe for forgetting something. But Packpoint allows you to input your destination, dates of travel, length of stay, and the activities you and your family will be doing, and then generates a list of all items you need to pack, ensuring you are never without an essential item again. Available on iOS and Android, packpnt.com
5. Wifimapper – To get online in an emergency
While you may be encouraging your family to put the smartphones and tablets away and embark upon a digital detox while abroad, the chances are that at some point you will need internet access. Wifimapper allows you to see all the available wifi spots in your immediate vicinity without roaming fees, and even gives you a description of the venue, ensuring that you can pick a location that your whole family will be happy to visit. Available on iOS and Android.
6. Flush Toilet Finder – To prevent little accidents
It’s inevitable that during a day of sightseeing you’re likely to need the toilet, but children always seem to pick the very worst moments to declare this. Don’t get caught short by using Flush Toilet Finder.
With a worldwide database of more than 100,000 loos, users can input their location and receive clear directions to the nearest public toilet to spend a stress-free penny. Available on iOS and Android.
7. Reverse Charades – To keep everyone entertained
It’s always nice to have a game that the whole family can play together. Reverse Charades is a twist on the classic game – this version requires the whole team to act out a word while just one person guesses what it is. Fast-paced and lively, this will keep boredom at bay should delays or bad weather strike. Available on iOS and Android, reversecharades.com