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Take the Guesswork Out of Travel With These New Travel Apps

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IStoneWith the world of technology changing and developing every day, it can often be difficult to stay up-to-date with the hottest new apps. To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up a few different apps that might prove useful during your upcoming spring and summer travels.

Localeur

Localeur is an app that shows you what activities the locals recommend in their cities. Each local/virtual tour guide has a profile with a photo and description of their interests, so you can find the best recommendations for your personality. Looking for the best Merlot? How about a good bar? Localeur offers recommendations for entertainment, nightlife, art & culture, fitness & outdoor activities, food & dining, neighborhoods, and shopping. Don’t know what you want? You can scroll through the homepage for some recommendations and some inspiration. Free

PackPoint Packing List Travel Companion

The PackPoint Packing List builder generates a customized list of items you should pack for your specific trip. Just enter some basic information such as destination, date, length of stay, and purpose of the trip, and it will give you a list of things you might need. You can then add a few details of your plans from “fancy dinner,” to “baby,” to “international,” and get a more personalized list. Even local weather is taken into consideration. Free

WorldMate

Especially helpful for business travelers, WorldMate combines all your travel information into one organized place—from flights to hotels to car rentals and more—to create a personalized business itinerary. The app also provides world clocks, maps, hotel booking functions, the weather forecast, and even business utilities such as Outlook and LinkedIn. All this information can be shared with colleagues for your convenience. Free

Xe Currency

Going on a multi-country vacation or simply traveling frequently abroad for business? Xe Currency provides real-time currency and conversion rates for up to 10 currencies at once. It also provides historic rates for currencies, so you can see how they have changed over time. Plus, you can check the rates for precious metals—all without Wi-Fi. Free

Trover

Trover mixes photos and travel recommendations. You can post your own photos and notes from your travels to inspire others, and skim other user’s photos from a certain destination for some inspiration. You can share your travel stories, connect with a global travel community, and travel vicariously from home. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, it has general topics to peruse, such as “California Road Tripping,” “Best of Antarctica,” or “Family Fun.” It’s also a great way to see if a hotel, place, or entree actually matches the photo on a company’s website. Free

iStone

Featuring a phrasebook of more than 300 daily phrases and native pronunciation in 12 different languages, iStone just might help make communication in other languages easier—particularly those you don’t know at all. Instead of having to laboriously type in every word and phrase you need to translate, there are quick-access icons for common phrases and needs—like “Thanks,” “Greeting,” and “Ask Direction.” For more specific needs, you can tap on “Hotel,” “Dining,” or “Shopping.” As an added bonus, iStone is another rare app that doesn’t require Wi-Fi. Free

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By Leigh Grant for PeterGreenberg.com

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