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    Beautiful Planet HD: A Photographic Journey Around the World

    by Banzai Labs

    Don't know where to go? Get inspired with Beautiful Planet HD. With photography by Peter Guttman, this app lets you navigate the globe through high resolution images. With more over 570 images that are split into 15 regions, you will have plenty of eye candy to help inspire you to see the world.

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    KAYAK

    by kayak.com

    I travel a lot, sometimes every week, but I don't have a fat trust fund to support my wanderlust. So, I have to make sure I'm getting the best deals on flights. Kayak is amazing. It pulls flight listings from every major online travel agent site and mixes and matches the best itineraries to get you from Point A to Point B. Compare prices, times, layovers, and other travel minutiae and book your ideal flight in app. Additional features include a flight tracker, baggage fees reference, and airport info. Kayak also has hotel and car rental deals, but I've found their deals don't match the deals on Priceline and Hotwire.

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    Priceline Hotel & Car Negotiator

    by priceline.com

    If you use Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" feature correctly, you will get amazing hotel deals. My friend used this feature to get a room in the Sofitel in Paris for $150 (compared to its regular rate of $350). It's a great feature and worth downloading the app for if you want a deal. However, the downside of the Priceline iPad app is it does not include its rental car deals (only the iPhone version does). That said, the app is easy to use and handy when making travel plans.

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    Amtrak

    by Amtrak

    Amtrak is America's major railroad company. It goes to every major city and is a great alternative to driving or taking the bus. Book and modify reservations with this app and track arrival times. At the moment, it looks like the last update has created a few glitches with the train tracker, but overall, it's a useful app for travelers.

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    HopStop Transit Directions for iPad

    by HopStop.com

    Going to a major city? Save some money and go green by taking advantage of public transportation. Get detailed bus, subway, taxi, and walking directions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A nice detail HopStop has is its calorie calculator (if you're walking or biking) and a calculator for how much carbon emissions you're saving. Unlike the Maps app that comes with the iPad, HopStop can store a map (e.g. a subway map) so you can refer to it without WiFi.

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    Airbnb

    by Airbnb, Inc.

    As someone who travels all the time and hops on a plane at the drop of a hat, I am obsessed with Airbnb. Save hundreds of dollars on travel costs by renting a home from a homeowner. Airbnb makes every home into a potential bed & breakfast or a temporary residence. From luxury accommodations (e.g. Spanish villa) to cheap rooms perfect for backpackers (e.g. $20/night rooms in the UK), there are options abound. Sign up for free, browse through the thousands of listings, and read reviews from previous travelers.

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    TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants

    by TripAdvisor LLC

    TripAdvisor is one of the most popular and reliable travel review websites out there. Their iPad app takes all the things that make TripAdvisor a great reference guide for hotels and condenses them into a handy app. Look up reviews by searching for the location or turn on your GPS to see what's around you. The app lets you see ratings and reviews for hotels, restaurants, and activities as well as book hotels. However, I personally find their hotel reviews the most useful. Restaurant and activity reviews are more reliable on sites like Yelp and you'll get a better hotel deal by booking rooms through Hotwire.

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    Oyster Hotel Reviews and Photos

    by Oyster.com

    It's hard to trust most hotel review sites because lots of them are trying to earn a buck by selling you a location. Oyster Hotel Reviews and Photos is completely candid and honest. In other words, don't book a hotel without looking up its review on Oyster first. The reviews are incredibly accurate. If a hotel is kitschy and overrated, Oyster will say so. Another great feature that comes with using this app is its selection of photo galleries. Unlike most review and hotel booking apps, Oyster has gobs of undoctored pictures of every inch of the hotel. From toilets to the lobby, see exactly what to expect with your stay.

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    Magical Weather

    by Sophiestication Software

    Ditch The Weather Channel for Magical Weather: it's chock-full of information and gorgeousness. Get the weather for the next week complete with an animated real-time background with only essential information. Save multiple locations and view all of them in a grid and compare conditions. Get travel inspiration from the weather or simply check what conditions will be like before you get on the plane with this essential app.

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    Packing Pro

    by Quinn Genzel

    Packing Pro will help you and your family get out the door without forgetting anything. This app is loaded with a database of over 400 items and preloaded with all kinds of preset lists. It will calculate and estimate of what you need to bring based on the size of your party and your destination. An added bonus: it also lists the weight of most items, making it very useful for flyers dealing with luggage.

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    OffMaps 2

    by iosphere GmbH

    If you're traveling internationally, download OffMaps 2 now. Before leaving home, download maps of the places you're visiting and plan your trip geographically with this app. Save it and put your phone on Airplane Mode so you don't incur roaming charges. Get to your destination and pull up your prepared map with OffMaps. Don't be scared if you don't have an internet connection, because you don't need one. The beauty and necessity of this app is its offline capabilities. Never experience the traveling fear of getting lost in a foreign land again.

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    MotionX GPS HD

    by MotionXâ„¢

    Taking your transportation into your own hands? If your travel plans include hiking or a road trip, download MotionX GPS now. Even if you're getting around by train, bus, boat, or plane, this app still gives you great information about your travel. See where you are, how fast you're going, and mark your favorite points on a map. Maps are available offline, so again, you don't have to worry about roaming charges or being stranded without an internet signal.

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    TripIt - Travel Organizer - FREE

    by TripIt

    TripIt is a great app to have if you're a scatterbrained or nervous traveler. Never lose your flight itinerary or rental car confirmation ever again! Forward your flight, hotel, and rental information to TripIt and this app will keep things organized for you. The service recognizes email confirmations from over 3,000 booking sites, so you don't need to tediously relay travel information. On top of the aforementioned features, TripIt lets you share your itinerary with others easily.

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    Currency

    by Jeffrey Grossman

    Trips cost money, and sometimes you're going to a place with different money. Get Currency for up-to-date exchange rates and see what your dollar is worth in your destination. After all, one of the first and most important steps of travel is budgeting.

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    Expensify

    by Expensify

    Expensify is a very popular travel app for business travelers that need to keep track of all their expenses during a trip. It's clean, simple UI makes organization painless. However, if you're planning a big trip, be sure to download this app even if you don't have to file an expense report when you get home. It helps you stay within your budget so you can do everything you want to do on your adventure.

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    Urbanspoon

    by Urbanspoon

    Get restaurant ideas for your trip with Urbanspoon. Beyond its huge collection of reviews, this app has great details. If you're indecisive, leave your search to chance by using its randomizer. Narrow your options by location, cuisine, and price point or leave them all up to fate. Besides this addictive feature, you also search for restaurants the old fashioned way with parameters. Unfortunately, Urbanspoon is only widely available in the U.S., Canada, and major cities in the UK and Australia.

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    OpenTable

    by OpenTable, Inc.

    If you're planning a trip, chances are you're going to want a memorable meal during your vacation. Make sure you score a table at that famous restaurant you've read so much about with OpenTable. Reservations are incredibly easy to make with this app and it provides accurate information on seat availability for all its participating restaurants. While booking your table, you can also include notes for the restaurant so they'll be ready for any special needs upon arrival. Another great feature is its Dining Rewards Points that you can accumulate with free registration. These points can be redeemed for Dining Checks that you can use at any OpenTable restaurant. Now you have no excuse not to use OpenTable when eating out.

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    Viator Tours & Activities

    by Viator

    Need help figuring out to do on your trip? Viator collects tour and attraction information for your destination. Look for tour deals, read reviews, and map the tour on your phone to help you plan your day.

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    Google Translate

    by Google

    Automated translation programs are never perfect, but Google's algorithm is one of the best (and this is coming from a linguist!). Traveling to another country can be difficult on its own, but being surrounded by a language you don't know can be extra stressful. Google Translate lets you translate text between every major language, has speech recognition, and (bonus!) lets you star your favorite searches. Another feature that makes this translation app great for travel is its offline capabilities: access your translation history without a WiFi connection.