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Have A Very Appy Holiday

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Have A Very Appy Holiday

Bags packed and ready to go? Upgrade your Summer holiday with our 6 favourite iOS and Android travel apps.


There’s nothing worse than a delayed or cancelled flight, but startup AirHelp wants to help you get paid for the inconvenience.

Both US and EU laws provide for compensation in such cases, but claiming can be complicated and differs from one airline to another.

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The AirHelp app makes the process simple and something you can do in a few minutes while still waiting around at the airport.

If the claim is successful, they take 25% and you get the rest.


Staying connected with friends and family that are not on social media when travelling can be difficult.

Postagram by Sincerely is a simple way to send your favourite photos as real postcards in the post.

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No need to buy stamps or find the nearest post office, simply upload your favourite picture along with a message and they’ll deliver it to your loved ones within 3-5 days.


Packing can be stressful, but PackPoint will make sure you never forget your favourite jacket or umbrella again.

The app tells you what you need to bring based on the weather in your destination, any activities you have planned and the length of your trip.

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If you have easy access to laundry facilities, PackPoint will even account for you washing and wearing the same clothes to help you pack light.


The easy way to beautifully record where you've been.

Download Polarsteps and the app with automatically create a visual map of your travels for you to keep and share with others.

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When your trip is over, you can then buy a physical book that contains your route, stories, travel statistics and of course, all your photos.

If low phone battery or roaming charges is a concern, don’t panic, it works offline and claims to use just 4% phone battery.


The words ‘big data’ can sound ominous, but when used right, it can be very helpful. Especially when trying to book cheap flights.

Hopper employs aggregated data to tell you with 95% accuracy the cheapest dates to fly, then sends you push notifications when it’s the best times to buy cheap airline tickets.

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To date, Hopper has helped 30 million travellers save more than £1.38 billion on flights.


From the rising cost of baggage fees, or simply to avoid the long wait at the baggage claim carousel; flying hands free has become increasingly popular.

DUFL is a premium baggage handling service like no other.

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They’ll send you a suitcase for you to fill with everything you plan to take, then deliver it to where and when you need it.

If you’re a frequent flyer, they’ll even store and dry clean your clothes for next time.

BLOC Hotels London Gatwick

They say it's better to travel than to arrive. We think both are important. With BLOC you won't have far to travel at all. We're waiting to welcome you just steps from Gatwick South Terminal Departures. Any closer and we'd be on the runway!

Our 245 room hotel offers 'Sleep Haven Zones', family rooms, a business floor and Presidential Suite. Park at the terminal through one of our exclusive deals; check your bags with your airline and take your overnight bag to the room; send an email with free WiFi; relax on your sumptuous king-sized bed, watching one of our HD LED TVs; freshen up in a monsoon-drench shower wet room and seamlessly check out to arrive at your gate in a great mood to enjoy your holiday or business trip. So much more for less.

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BLOC Magazine

BLOC-Magazine-Summer-18.jpg (466 KB)As the demolition phase of our BLOC Grand Central project nears completion, we are focusing on a number of other sites in the UK and Europe. We are working hard to expand the BLOC presence in major city centres and transport hubs.

We are keen for more discerning travellers to experience BLOC's affordable luxury and learn how we are changing the way people use hotels.

The 18th issue of BLOC magazine explores Lisbon, recent winner of 'The World's Leading City Destination'. The Portuguese capital is a city where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.

We also profile BLOC-sponsored, Jamie Chadwick, who has signed for the Williams F1 team as a development driver.

Staying with the motoring theme, we showcase the stunning new Aston Martin Valkyrie and Porsche's new electric offering.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.