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The Best Travel Apps For A Seamless, Stress-Free Holiday

Maps that don't need internet and no more printed itineraries.
A smartphone is all you need. Oh, and a passport. Don't forget that.
A smartphone is all you need. Oh, and a passport. Don't forget that.

If you're off to Europe or the U.S soon to escape the Aussie winter, we envy you -- there's nothing better than a few weeks OS during the colder months to break up the year.

Before you go, download these travel apps to make your trip a whole lot easier. No more bulky printed-out travel documents, currency conversion woes or arguments over directions.

This app is your new best friend at the airport, letting you purchase lounge access so you don't have to wait at the gate.

"Airport lounge access rules are complex and amenities, cost, and benefits can vary widely from lounge to lounge. With LoungeBuddy in your hand, we take the guesswork out of finding the right lounge for your needs. Create a trip, tell us about any elite statuses, memberships, or premium credit cards you may have and we do the rest."

The ultimate holiday itinerary organiser -- no more printouts needed.

"Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to and TripIt automagically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip."

We've road tested it and it really is that easy. You can access your plans while offline, too.

Create the ultimate packing list with this app so you don't forget a thing. Tell it where you're going and why, and it'll pretty much do the rest.

"PackPoint is an intelligent packing app and packing list builder for serious travelers. PackPoint will tell you what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip."

If only it physically packed your case, too.

Kinda like Instagam and a travel guide combined, users upload pictures and reviews to the platform to create a community full of recommendations. Simply search the city you're in and see what like-minded people have enjoyed.

"Discover cities through stunning city guides with plenty of beautiful photography. Find locals you like on Townske, and check out their favourite places using the curated city guides that they have created."

The most stressful part of exploring a foreign city is knowing where you're going. That's why more than 20 million people have downloaded this app -- because you can use it offline, no internet required. No further explanation needed (and no more fights).

Hand gestures and mannerisms can get you surprisingly far. Though sometimes you just need to know how to ask for something in the native tongue of the town you're visiting. With this app you can translate 52 languages when you have no internet and take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages. Clever, huh?

If you have an iPhone, don't forget that you can ask Siri to help out while you're abroad. Ask her to do currency conversions or find a good watering hole nearby. It's also a good idea to have your up-to-date medical info listed in your phone, just in case.

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