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10 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Whether you want to snare the cheapest flights, view your entire holiday itinerary with a few quick swipes, or live it up like a local at your final destination, as they say… there's an app for that.Here are ten must-have travel apps to have handy before your next holiday.

Best apps to plan and book your holiday

TripAdvisor: One of the most popular travel apps around, TripAdvisor's main selling point remains its huge collection of customer reviews – there are well over 200 million. Once you've looked over the reviews, you can get a great idea of which airlines, resorts, and attractions are best suited to your holiday needs.

Skyscanner: Allowing you to find and then compare flights from hundreds of airlines operating across the globe, Skyscanner remains a great tool for finding your next flight. Previously solely focused on flights, the app's newest version also incorporates hotel and car rental bookings.

Triposo: Triposo scans thousands of websites worldwide and then crunches all of the data into handy travel guides. Providing recommendations of where to go and what to see -  including city maps, tips and suggestions – Triposo also, handily, works offline.

Hopper: Not only can you book and plan flights with Hopper, but the app will help you find the cheapest flights. Simply search for a flight and choose when you would like to fly, and Hopper will tell you to buy now or wait. If you choose to wait, Hopper will keep an eye on the flight's price, notifying you when prices drop.

Packing Pro: Always seem to arrive on holiday missing that crucial piece of clothing? Packing Pro can help. Simply put in where you're going and how long you're going for, and out will spit a suggested list of items to pack. Divided into categories like essentials, clothes and accessories, you will never forget your raincoat again.

Best apps to have on holiday

Tripit: Just forward all of your travel confirmation emails to Tripit – your flight, hotel, car rental and activity details – and the app will sort it all out into a clear and easily accessible itinerary. It's also useful if you're travelling in a group, as you can share your itinerary with others.

Uber: Uber has taken the world by storm. The convenient ride-hailing app counters many of the problems tourists face when trying to navigate local cab services. The ability to map out your trip from start to finish is another of the app's bonuses.

XE Currency: Making sure not to blow the budget is a constant challenge, especially so when dealing with fluctuating foreign currencies. Currency website XE's app remains popular with travellers due to its easy to use interface and huge database of world currencies.

CityMapper: City Mapper is a good alternative to the ubiquitous Google Maps. With simple instructions to get you from point A to B, and the integration of real-time traffic and public transport information, CityMapper will make navigating crowded metropolises a breeze.

Google Translate: An essential app for travel to countries where English is not used, Google Translate is the best app of its type. Its coolest feature remains the incorporation of your phone's camera – simply point your camera at a street sign or menu, and you'll get the words back in English.

Club Med App: Okay, this is a sneaky one… but if you’re going on holiday with Club Med, this is a must-have! View the resort’s schedule, activities, excursions, dress code and spa menu all in one place. Too easy.

There you have it! Just make sure to have these apps on your phone to ensure your getaway is well-planned and hassle free.

Discover the Club Med App in the video below or download it here on Itunes or here on Google Play.

What Every Beginner Skier Needs to Know Before A First Ski Trip

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Do you still think ‘goofy’ is a Disney character? Don't know how to pizza down the mountain? Don't even know what to do with a lift ticket (or why you even need one)? For the uninitiated, whether you're a ski beginner or embarking on your first family ski holiday, it can all be a bit bewildering. Here's everything you need to know for your first ski trip.

The lowdown on the lingo

First things first, you'll need to brush up on the basics of snow lingo:

❅ Lift passes are tickets that allow you to ride the ski lifts up to the top of the mountain to ski down. There are plenty of options, from day passes to annual passes (for the super enthusiastic beginner!)

A run (or piste in Europe) is any marked trail, slope or course designed for skiing.

When snowboarding, riders use either a regular or goofy: The regular stance is with your left foot in front and goofy is with your right foot at the front.

❅ Apres-ski refers to the activities undertaken after a day of skiing, and can include swimming, massages at the spa, or an Aussie’s favourite past-time: enjoying drinks with friends.

What to bring

You will need to pack:

✔️ Thermals

✔️ Insulated clothing

✔️ A ski jacket and ski pants

✔️ Gloves

✔️ Beanies

✔️ Super thick socks

✔️ Warm boots

✔️ Protective eyewear.

☼ It seems silly, but you'll also need sunscreen and lip balm – sunburn and chapped lips are common gripes on the slopes.

Skiing or snowboarding?

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The next thing to decide on is skiing or snowboarding.

The general rule is that skiing is easier to pick up at first but harder in the long run to master; on the other hand, snowboarding can take a good couple of days to pick up, but after that you can become quite competent quickly on your snowboard.

Tips to keep in mind for your first ski trip

✔️ Beginners heading on a ski holiday should allow plenty of time on the slopes (at least a couple of days) – first-timers make take a while to get the hang of it.

✔️ It’s not essential, but we highly recommend you sign up for some ski lessons. Instructors will guide you through how to start and then demonstrate correct techniques – plus they’ll take you to runs on the mountain that suit your ability level. Club Med snow resorts offer snow schools with qualified instructors included in the package, and also many offer kids ski classes.

✔️ The view from the top will be steep... and intimidating for beginners. Whenever in doubt, don’t forget you can 'pizza' (point your skis together at the front to slow you down) to gradually make your way down to the bottom.

✔️ Don't forget to reward yourself after day's skiing by indulging in a sauna, Turkish bath, massage or yoga. Trust us: your muscles will thank you!

Best international ski fields for beginners

While skiing in Australia and New Zealand are viable options, the best part about heading overseas to ski is that you can discover a completely new country and experience some of the best powder in the world. Here’s our pick for the best international ski fields:

✔️ Sahoro, Japan: The skiing mecca of Hokkaido offers soft snow perfect for beginners. Resorts in the region contain traditional Japanese rooms, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and snow gardens for the kids.

✔️ Valmorel, France: with a family-friendly atmosphere, this resort area of the French Alps offers plenty of gentle runs and a host of activities for the little ones.

✔️ Via Lattea, Italy: Nestled on the border with France, the second largest ski field in Europe is popular with families who come to relax in cosy chalets.

✔️ Aspen Snowmass, USA: spread over four mountains, this field features an amazing array of runs from beginner to advanced.

✔️ Big White, Canada: has a huge number of lifts, runs to suit all ages and a popular skiing school for kids.

And finally...

Whether you're hitting the slopes for the first time or taking the kids on their first skiing holiday, good luck, and remember…everybody had to learn once!

See you out on the slopes. ⛄ ❄️ 🎿

Learn more about Club Med’s all-inclusive ski holidays in the video below, or on the Club Med website here.

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