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Five Essential Apps for Travelers

Five Essential Apps for Travelers

Parlez vous Google? 
Avoid some of the mysteries that go along with foreign travel with Google Translate. A new feature allows you to point your phone’s camera at text and have it instantly translated. Google Translate is especially helpful for reading menus and deciphering directions.
Free
4 ½ -star User Rating
Requires iOS 9.1 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android.
Apple or Android


Eat like a local 
Like a more curated version of Yelp, The Infatuation collects restaurant reviews from trusted critics, instead of crowdsourcing opinions from sometimes less-than-credible sources. The to-the-point reviews and 10-point rating system help you locate delicious bites in over 17 destinations both in the U.S. and abroad, including Cape Town, Mexico City, and Barcelona.  
Free
5 star User Rating
Requires iOS 9.0 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android. 
Apple or Android 


Stay in touch 
We all start our trips with the best of intentions for sending postcards home, now TouchNote makes it easy to send cards from wherever you are in the world. All you do is open the app, snap a picture, write a message, and include an address. The team at TouchNote handles the rest and mails your customized postcards to family and friends. 
Free
4 ½  -star User Rating
Requires iOS 9.0 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android.
Apple or Android


Don’t forget your vegetables 
This international restaurant guide is every traveling vegetarian and vegan’s best friend. Finding meat-free eats in Portland is easy, it’s more of a challenge in Taiwan or Paraguay. Happy Cow has been compiling a list of restaurants with vegetarian and vegan options since 1999, which means they have a huge collection to offer. You can view and organize restaurants through the Happy Cow app before you begin your trip. 
Free on Android, $3.99 on Apple devices.
4 ½  -star User Rating
Requires iOS 8.0 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android.
Apple or Android


Take the road less traveled 
Those who love to explore new cities on foot will want SideKix on their phone. Just enter a destination, select the kind of attractions you want to see on the way, and SideKix will factor them into your walk. The routes SideKix creates get you where you’re going while introducing you to restaurants, museums, and other local spots you might not have discovered otherwise. 
Free
4½  -star user rating
Requires iOS 8.0 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android.
Apple or Android

Third Stop—New Orleans
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