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Around Me – This App knows where you are and lists things nearby including banks, restaurants, pharmacies, hospitals, supermarkets and movie theaters.

Abercrombie & Kent – Since 1962 Abercrombie & Kent has been delivering inspiring experiences in the world’s greatest destinations through a global network of 50 offices offering about 100 trips a year to 100 countries. Travel in a small group on a pre-arranged itinerary, or let them design the perfect private journey for you.

airbandb.com – Discover amazing, unique accommodations in 192 countries. With more than 10 million nights booked worldwide, Airbnb rents homes, apartments and rooms. Use their mobile App to easily and quickly list your own property or find that perfect getaway.

Airports by Travel Nerd – This App gives you lots of information about public transportation, phone numbers for shuttle and taxi companies, terminal maps showing airport lounge locations and other amenities. It also has parking rates at airports and nearby hotels.

Car Rental Discounts – Get exclusive rental car discounts from leading rental car companies through AARP.

Elder Expeditions – Elder Expeditions was created in 2009 to benefit active individuals, 50 and over, who love the outdoors, enjoy participation sports and are in search of senior adventures. They offer group tours and custom trips around the world. Sample trip: Horseback riding trip in the Andes of Peru and kayaking on Lake Titicaca.

Flight-Track 5 – This App pushes alerts to your phone or tablet, shows a map of your flight with weather, and lets you tap into a host of features such as terminal maps and a search function for alternate flights.

Gate Guru – Gate Guru’s App has star ratings on airport restaurants as well as discounts offered. It can tell you the closest restaurants to your location and get you a free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s.

Google Earth – “Hold the world in the palm of your hand,” says Google about this extraordinary App. Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger to explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home.

Google GogglesIf you are not a fan of following around a tour guide, this App could be a solution. Point your mobile phone’s camera at a famous landmark or painting and, if it’s in Google’s database, this App will provide you with useful information.  It can also translate text into other languages. Simply snap a pic of the menu and never again be confused about what you are ordering!

Google Maps for Android or Google Maps for iPhone and iPad – An invaluable mapping system App when you’re in an unfamiliar city or when you need to make sure the cab driver isn’t taking the long way.

Google Translate is a great App for translating text between more than 70 different languages.  It directly translates speech and handwriting and will even speak the most common ones (17 at last count) out loud.

Homeway.com and VRBO – These widely used vacation rental sites are for homeowners who want to rent their homes and make a few bucks as well as for holiday or vacation-seekers, who’d rather rent a home in a preferred location, than spend money on a hotel room or inn. VROB.com was purchased a while ago by Homeaway.com and the features of both sites are likely to converge over time.

iMuseum – This App is a web tracker that searches via GPS for the nearest museums in your immediate area, updating museum news, exhibition info and location data regularly. When you are traveling it will show you the various nearby museums to visit and includes addresses, directions, maps and contact info.

Kayak.com – Search hundreds of travel sites at once to find and book cheap flights, hotels, vacations and rental cars with their hotel, flight and travel deals.

Open Table for iPhone and iPad or Open Table for Android – An App that helps you make reservations at over 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico. Explore great restaurants, find available tables, and earn reward points for every reservation.

Packing List – This Android App helps you to create and maintain packing lists either from scratch or from an existing one. It comes with a pre-loaded packing master list. You can simply check the categories/items for the trip and click on “Generate List” — you will then have a packing list ready in no time that you can group by category, location and luggage. You may also email, share and print your lists.

Packing ProThis App for the iPhone or iPad is perfect for those organized individuals who like to plan exactly what they are taking away with them. It will help you make multiple lists for items you might need while traveling while helping you to stay within your baggage allowance. It will even suggest things to take depending on your destination and how long you will be gone. You may also email, share and print your lists.

Road Scholar – Offers 5,500 educational tours across the U.S. and in 150 countries. You will experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more. Expand your mind in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life.

Row Adventures – Specializes in cultural and natural history trips with a mission of “Sharing Nature – Enriching Lives.” More than 50% of their travelers are 50-plus. Sample trip: Rogue River rafting, camping on a beach in the Galapagos Islands.

Terra Incognita ECOTOURS, Inc. – Specializes in wildlife tours with a focus on endangered species. They pledge to engage in responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Sample trip: Masai Mara and Mountain Gorillas and Patagonia and the Pumas.

Thomson Safaris – A leader in sustainable travel, Thomson Safaris specializes in travel to Tanzania, running about 400 trips annually with an average of 12 people on each outing. Visit Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and more.

Travel App Box – This App includes functions to help you when traveling internationally.  It can convert currency, clothing sizes and units such as speed, distance and weight; provide emergency phone numbers for local services; show maps of transportation networks; look up country codes for phone calls and much more.

Trip Advisor – One of the most popular travel sites on the internet, visit their website to download the travel App or Apps that will best suit your needs.

TripitDo away with carrying scraps of paper containing details of your travel itinerary when you use this App which is designed to maintain all of that information. Simply forward your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars, tours and anything else you think you might need to this App and it will generate your itinerary for you, leaving you more time to plan.

Viva Expeditions – Based in Auckland, New Zealand, this company specializes in small group expeditions and custom tours to South America, primarily Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

XE Currency is a fine example of an App that does what it needs to, without fuss. Configure a list of currencies and it shows current conversion rates. Simply double-tap a currency to set its base rate or to define values for custom conversions.

Yelp for iPhone and iPad or Yelp for Android – Yelp has long been a good source of restaurant ratings and information. Use the mobile App to find great, local businesses while on the go!


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