Top tips: 5 must-have apps for family travel

1. Facebook (or your preferred social media channel) for keeping in touch & family groups

The easiest way to stay in close contact with your family and friends is social media. even if yo have been reluctant to join previously, now is the time to embrace it!

Families on the Move is a Facebook group dedicated to families that are planning to travel, or who are currently travelling, for a period of six months or more. If you want to join, you have to message the administrators as it's a closed group. It's well worth doing so, however, as it's an invaluable source of for advice on anything and everything related to long-term family travel

2. Skyscanner

Amazing for checking flight prices into and out of everywhere. It's great if you're flexible with regard to destinations and dates, and it gives you options for flying with different carriers for different legs.

3. Trivago / hotelscombined / /

Must-have accommodation comparison/booking sites. 

You'll get a free night once you book 10 with so that can be a welcome bonus.

4. Tripadvisor

Great for checking out where you can eat and stay, and what you can do. It isn't perfect, but it gives you a good indication of what's good and what isn't. We always find it more useful to read the negative reviews.

They also now provide hotel comparisons and apartment bookings.

5. Google translate

Invaluable when you're in a hotel where no-one speaks English. You type. They type. It's fab. Nothing better when you're trying to arrange for mail to be delivered to a Malaysian hotel where the guy on reception only speaks Burmese... Our daughters even used it to 'talk' to a young Russian girl in a hostel in Moscow.

Now with a bonus image capturing facility so you an translate the written word using image capture (no typing required!)

And one more...Skype

Invaluable for cheap or free calls to family or when a phone call is necessary to deal with administration at home. Will save you a fortune!