The Big Question: what's the best translation app for travelling abroad?

Planning a trip overseas? Here's how to find the best translation buddy for you...

Smartphones not only help us feel more connected to the wider world when at home, but they also make it a lot easier to get around when travelling – even if you don't speak the language.

Never again need you stumble through an awkward conversation or point haplessly at a menu: with the help of a translation app, you can rely on tech to help bridge the language barrier and fill the gap in your brain where your GCSE French used to live.

But which translation app should you use? We've highlighted our four favourites below, with each one offering strengths for particular locations or scenarios.