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Travel meets the 21st century

The world’s best free travel apps...

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There’s no question that the introduction of the World Wide Web, portable computers and smart phones has completely revolutionised the way we travel today. It has made everything that much easier and we now have useful travel resources at our fingertips. That’s why we think, it’s worth getting clued up on travel-specific tools that can make your trip that much better. Introducing, our pick of the world’s best free travel apps.

Google Goggles

Standing by an amazing monument in the middle of Italy without a clue in the world what it means, who it’s by and why it’s there? This is where Google Goggles comes in handy. Simply take a snap of, say, the landmark, artwork or signpost with your phone, and Goggles will identify it and show search google results explaining everything you need to know. What’s more, Goggles can even help you translate snippets of text on menus, so you’ll never order the roasted pig brain again!

TripIt

Not the most exciting of apps but definitely the most practical, TripIt collates all your travel confirmations (such as flight times and numbers) into one itinerary so that you don’t have to furious search through your emails to figure out where the heck you have to be and at what time. Better still, it syncs all plans with your calendar so that you get an instant reminder too.

Finish by saying there are new apps every day but for the mean time these are bloody cool. Know any better ones? We’d love to hear which apps you’re using while you travel!

Tripwolf

You’re keen to do a walking tour of this new city but want to do it at your own pace? Tripwolf Travel Guide provides more than 130 city guides along recommendations from the Tripwolf community of what to see and do, and tips from experienced travel writers. The app includes maps (which can be used offline, boo yeah!), an augmented reality viewer and it’s available in five different languages, so there’s really no reason as to why you won’t love it.

Photosynth

You’re looking up at one wonders of the world and are furiously trying to take pictures that actually show how magnificent the site is but to no avail? Photosynth makes the best of your camera by stitching together your photos to create panoramic images. Send 360-degree views to friends and family while you’re abroad – prepare to make a lot of people jealous.

New apps are being developed every single day so we’re not saying that these are the be-all-and-end-all as they might very well be surpassed, but for now, we think they’re pretty damn cool. Seen something even better? We’d love to know what apps you’ll be using on your travels!

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