Off the Beaten App: The 10 Best Travel Apps for the GALAXY Note II

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Travel is basically the raison d'être of the mobile revolution, and with the GALAXY Note II, there’s little you can’t do while on the move. If you’re going away in the UK or abroad, the S Pen is the ideal travelling companion, allowing you to annotate maps and more every step of the way, while Multi Window lets you talk to friends back home using ChatON while checking out the must-sees in your browser!

So before you pick up your suitcase, remember to switch the cat off, leave the gas with a neighbour, and download these 10 essential apps, guaranteed to give you a happy holiday.

Kayak

Kayak

Free Get it here

This good-looking travel search tool lets users search for flights and connections, and make bookings, all from within the one app.

It's a bit more intelligent than the average search tool, as it lets you compare prices and track the status of flights, as well as coming with all the airport maps and contact details you’ll ever need.

It also helps you find rental cars and hotels, build up and manage entire trip itineraries, and generally handle everything you need when heading out into the big, wide world.


TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

Free Get it here

The app of the legendary, maybe even notorious, TripAdvisor website allows you to vent your fury at the inadequate towel situation in your hotel room mere seconds after your arrival.

More important than posting your own reviews, however, is the ability to locate the best places to stay and where to eat based on your immediate location.

Ideal for those who like to go away without a strict travel plan, the app also lets you read user reviews before visiting any of its recommendations, of course.


OS Atlas Free

OS Atlas Free

Free Get it here

Google's fantastic and feature-packed maps come pre-installed on the GALAXY Note II, but sometimes you just can't beat the good old Ordnance Survey.

OS Atlas Free offers a complete, searchable database of OS maps, which users can rummage through by postcode, place name or, for hardcore cartographers, grid reference.

If Google doesn't know if that's just a pile of rocks or the remains of an ancient castle, these detail-packed, hyper-local maps sure will.


RAC Traffic

RAC Traffic

Free Get it here

Let's be realistic here. Whatever romantic travel plans you may have, the likelihood is they’ll start with at least a few grim hours on the British road system.

But don’t let terrible traffic on miserable motorways put you off going away altogether! RAC Traffic monitors the entire UK road network and reports back with near-live information on roadworks, jams and any other potential problems.

With a bit of forward planning, you can avoid the worst snarl-ups altogether – and you won’t even need to set off at four in the morning!


easyJet

easyJet

Free Get it here

The star of the budget airline scene has a feature-packed app, covering everything from searchable flight listings to actual bookings to faraway places.

Once your flight is booked, you can manage it within the app, adding baggage to existing tickets and tracking outgoing and incoming flights for delays and arrival times.

It also manages reminders and even social sharing of your trips, so you can let everyone know you're about to be somewhere much warmer than they are.


FlightTrack

FlightTrack

£3.20 Buy it here

If you've blown the budget by flying on an aeroplane that isn't orange, or if you are just a fan of nerdy flight information, FlightTrack is an essential install.

The app monitors data from an amazing 16,000 airports around the globe, so wherever you’re going, it’s bound to be featured.

It even comes with seating maps for some planes and airlines, so you can book the ones with the best legroom, or the ones most likely to be served first by the food trolley.


National Rail Enquiries

National Rail Enquiries

Free Get it here

If your holiday plans are a bit more down-to-earth than FlightTrack, this is the app for you.

Pulling together all the data from the various rail franchises around the UK, it offers up-to-date information right from the drivers’ cab (or thereabouts).

You can track individual trains, view arrivals and departure boards, set up alerts for travel disruptions and more, so you never need to get stuck in South Croydon again.


BT Wi-Fi

BT Wi-Fi

Free Get it here

If BT supplies your home internet, this is an essential app when travelling in the UK.

Once you've opted in to the broadband sharing service, it will automatically log you in whenever it detects an open BT Wi-Fi router, so you're never far from a quick hit of sweet, free Wi-Fi access.

The app can also remember your login details, so your Note II will always be ready for Wi-Fi action without even needing a password.


National Trust

National Trust

Free Get it here

If you’re keeping it local in these straitened times, the official National Trust app is full of ideas of places to visit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not Scotland, which has its own, different National Trust).

Never again will you be at a loss to find your nearest historic home, period priesthole or intriguing Elizabethan lodge with moated garden.

You also get a brief outline of every property, including opening times and facilities, so you'll know if the cafe is likely to be open when you rock up in need of scones.


Met Office Weather

Met Office Weather

Free Get it here

And finally, what's the best thing about being on holiday? Knowing how much it's raining back home, of course.

The official Met Office app delivers full five-day forecasts, complete with severe weather warnings, and remembers your usual locations.

It also has a handy "feels like" temperature interpreter, so you know if a jumper is likely to be required, and a homescreen widget for quick and easy access.

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