The holiday season is fast approaching so we thought it would be a good time to share some brilliant apps which will make planning your trip and your actual holiday a whole lot easier.

Here are our 5 favourites. (iPhone and Android, Free)

DirectFlights_appGreat app for searching for the cheapest flights to destinations all over the world. Just tap in where you are travelling from and to and it will quickly search its database of more than 500 airlines and return a selection of airfares with a choice of airlines. There is a handy filter so you can specify your choice of airline and if you want a direct flight or one with stopovers. The filter also enables you to set your budget and narrow your search to departure and arrival times to suit your needs. The carbon-friendly search will also find the most environmentally friendly flight to minimise your carbon footprint.

Tripit (iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7, Free)

tripitIf you do a lot of travelling for business, pleasure or a mixture of both, this fantastic travel organiser app is a must. All you need to do is email Tripit with your travel documents such as your flight confirmations, hotel bookings or car hire reservations and it will organise your travel plans into a diary for you which you can access from your phone or online. As well as storing your travel confirmations, you can upload directions, maps, photos and notes and to make life easier, colleagues and family can access your travel plans so they know where you are.

Google Translate (iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7, Free)

google-translate-appNo need to lug your phrasebook along with you when you can simply download Google Translate to do all the hard work for you. In our opinion, this is the best of the translation apps covering over 60 languages. As well as typing in the words/phrases you need to translate, about a third of the languages can also be translated by voice activation.

Triposo (iPhone and Android, Free)

triposoSuperb and comprehensive travel guide app which features over 8000 destinations across the globe and has been specifically tailored for mobile use. You can also avoid hefty international roaming charges as no internet connection is required to access the travel information and maps. With up to date information and real-time recommendations, Triposo can offer suggestions on what to do in a particular city depending on the weather and time of day. There’s also the option to create your own travel journal of your trip with a record of the places you’ve visited and your favourite photos to share with your family and friends.

WhatsApp (iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows, Free for 1 Year)

whatsapp-logoCreated by a couple of former Yahoo developers, WhatsApp is a ‘cross-platform’ messaging app which means you can message anyone regardless of what network they are on or what phone they have. Even better you can avoid expensive overseas SMS charges at the same time as it’s free to use once you’ve paid the small fee to download the app. As well as messaging, you can post photos and videos of your holiday so your friends know exactly how good a time you’re having.