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Planning a holiday can be a momentous job. For the trip to be a success, everything needs to be planned and all the costs have to be accounted for. And if anything is forgotten, disaster and disappointment could rear their ugly head. Another big problem is overpricing – many people try to avoid paying too much for anything while planning their trips. Enter Kayak which aims to solve these problems.

Transferred over from the highly successful website, Kayak is now available on Android in both tablet and phone form. This thorough and well-made application is, in my opinion, one of the best holiday planners around.


Christmas has rolled around again, and of course so has a wave of wallpapers and themes in the Android Market. However there are also many other all-year-round applications which have great value at Christmas. In this roundup I have listed some of the best ways to keep your phone both festive and useful!

Around two months ago I flew out of Gatwick for my holiday in Cyprus. I brought my phone with me, of course. I wasn’t hoping that my phone would provide an abundance of entertainment while I was away, but neither was I intending to leave it in the bottom of my bag. Read on to see how useful your phone can be abroad.

I never took my last smartphone on holiday. I was too scared that I’d accidentally hit the Internet button and end up paying more than I spent on the holiday. (I live in the UK, so going on holiday often means going abroad, which in turn means paying data roaming fees.) I used to stick my SIM card in a spare phone that couldn’t handle anything more than WAP and take that instead.

Thanks to airplane mode, hotels with WiFi, and a widget that lets me quickly disable data sync, I’m comfortable taking my Android abroad. It’s weird not to be free to quickly Google directions to a place I want to go, though — although I suppose if I plan ahead that’s not an issue, since Google Maps now caches local data.

Of course, bringing a mobile phone does mean being tethered back home, to some extent. I’ll still get my emails when I’m at the hotel, and I’ll still check Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus, just out of (bad) habit. Some people leave their phone at home, or force themselves to switch it off, and I can see the appeal of that — though it’s nice to be able to snap a quick photo of the surroundings and post it to my friends from the nearest café with WiFi, just to say, “Wish You Were Here”. Or perhaps more accurately, “Don’t You Wish You Were Here?”

What about you — do you take your phone? Do you take your tablet? Vote in the poll, and give us the details in the comments.