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Travel and navigation

Most of us don’t use our iPad around town (unless you have a LTE enabled version), but that doesn’t mean an iPad isn’t a great tool to help you get around or understand where you are. Here are our favorite travel apps.

Airbnb

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Airbnb is one of the most popular traveling apps for people who aren’t too fond of hotels, or just want to save a buck or two. The iPad app makes it easy to see what you’re getting into, and you can really analyze the rental’s photos before you make a decision. You can search by a variety of factors, including the number of rooms, location, amenities, and more. Airbnb boasts 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, so you’re bounf to find the perfect spot for your next trip.

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BringFido

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Want to travel with your best friend? BringFido makes it easy to find and make reservations at a slew of pet-friendly hotels scatter across the globe. The app will also lists nearby dog parks, available sitters, and veterinarians with a host of reviews and rates from other dog owners.

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Google Maps

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We’d hate to re-open the Google Maps vs. Apple Maps wound again, so we’ll just say this: Download Google Maps. It’s accurate, thorough, and offers free turn-by-turn voice navigation.

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TripIt

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Having TripIt on your iPad is like having your own special travel itinerary folder (the one you plan to make for every trip but never do). It keeps hotel, car rental, and flight information in place and in chronological order.

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Kayak

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Kayak Pro is like the Google of travel planning. It’s the smart search engine for trip planning that will help you find flights, cars, and hotels to fit your schedule and budget. It aggregates multiple airlines and services.

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Hipmunk

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Finding flights and hotels is easy on Hipmunk. The app offers handy visualizations, helps you land in a comfy hotel for cheap, and organizes flights by its trademark “agony” rating to minimize duration, layovers and price.

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iTunes

Google Translate

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If Google has an app for it, you should probably have that app. Google Translate can handle text, voice, handwriting, and text in images. It works with over 70 languages no matter the input.

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mytaxi

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Never wind up stranded when you have your iPad in hand. In as few as two taps, you can get a taxi on its way to your location. Follow the taxi in real time, rate drivers, and pay by app.

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MyTopo Maps by Trimble Outdoors

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Who says you can’t take technology out into the wilderness? MyTopo Maps will make your iPad a necessity for outdoor exploration, with maps of terrain and plan your trip with a powerful place search.

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iTunes

Spyglass ($4)

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If you end up getting lost, you can count on Spyglass. It equips you with a GPS, compass, finder, tracker, and AR navigation to ensure you’re never lost, even in strange locales.

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iTunes

OpenTable

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No time to whip up a meal at home? No problem. There’s plenty of restaurants around town waiting to serve you. There’s over 20,000 participating food stops and is the industry standard for getting reservations.

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iTunes

Yelp

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We probably don’t need to explain Yelp to you, as it’s well known service at this point. But you should have the app so you can find places to check out, hidden gems around the city, and read reviews to avoid bad food.

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iTunes

Zagat

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Zagat has been a standard setter for restaurant reviews for some time now. Acquired by Google in 2011, its digital presence has gotten better. The app offers reviews and Google Street View panoramas so you can places.

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iTunes

StubHub

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Nights that you spend sitting inside could become an experience in town. Check StubHub for cheap tickets to events and snagging some seats. You might catch a show you would have missed.

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AroundMe

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You never know what’s going on just next door to you. Or at least you didn’t until you had AroundMe. Drop a pin anywhere on the map and watch it populate with events and happenings taking place around that area.

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