Going on vacation is better than ever thanks to all the handy travel apps you can download to your mobile device. Wherever you’re headed, be sure to check out these five mobile applications.
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Stay on track at the airport with Gate Guru. This app’s JourneyCard is your go-to itinerary screen on the day of travel. The AirportCard screen orients you to whatever airport you’re in, providing facility maps, amenity information, and other tips.
Details: Works with iPhone products. Optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 6 or greater. Available at the App Store, Windows Store, and Google Play.
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Improve communication and ease travel anxiety with the Google Translate app. This app helps you discover the meaning of words in more than 70 languages. Speak, type, or photograph something and the app will automatically translate it for you. Don’t worry if you don’t have an Internet connection; one of this app’s greatest features is that it works even when you’re offline.
Details: Works on Android and iOS. Also available as a plugin. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
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Eliminate travel-related financial anxiety by quickly accessing currency conversion rates while on the go. XE Currency allows you to calculate what a foreign price tag means to your wallet in terms of dollars and cents. Up-to-date exchange rates are available for more than 180 world currencies.
Details: Works on iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Phones. Available at the App Store, on Google Play, on BlackBerry App World, and at WindowsPhone.com.
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Drive efficiently and safely with the help of Waze, a community-powered navigational app that updates you on traffic jams, detours, and other road conditions. Waze users contribute to the general pool of traffic knowledge simply by typing in their destination and driving with the app screen open. Users can also actively contribute road reports for the common good.
Details: Works with iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, and Android. Available on Google Play, at the App Store, and at WindowsPhone.com.
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Stay connected with civilization, no matter where you are, by using JiWire, a Wi-Fi hot spot locator. This app was initially created to help advertisers connect with mobile customers, but a huge side benefit for travelers is that it supplies GPS-powered lists of nearby Wi-Fi spots — even in remote areas.
Details: Works with any Wi-Fi-enabled device. Available at the App Store, on Google Play, and on iTunes.
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Most people have heard of Yelp, a company that publicly rates restaurants, hotels, and other businesses based on user reviews. Yelp Mobile is helpful when you need advice on where to eat or stay while traveling. It gives you access to information about local events so you never get bored on vacation. If you’re in need of reliable transportation, you can also find rental car deals and coupons on Yelp.
Details: Works on most smart devices. Available at most app stores.
Make your next vacation efficient and hassle-free with these rewarding travel apps. You’ll spend less time stressing out and more time having fun, which is what travel is all about.