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First, TripIt. If you're only going to download one app from my list, TripIt should be it. (Assuming, of course, that you already have Instagram. I'm a little addicted.) I downloaded this app when I was traveling 28 days each month for my sorority last year, and it automatically pulled all my flight itineraries from my email into an easy-to-read format on my iPhone, complete with confirmation numbers and terminals.
GateGuru is another one I discovered during my consultant stint. It updated within the past year to include TripIt-like features, but I haven't wanted to try those because I love TripIt so much. Instead, I only use GateGuru to look for restaurants and services during my layovers. Need a caffeine fix? GateGuru will show you the nearest Peet's in your terminal. Need to mail something? Search for UPS or FedEx stores. Want to find a bar to watch football during a Saturday layover? GateGuru has that, too! My only gripe is sometimes the app is outdated and takes you to a gate where a Quizno's, Chili's, Au Bon Pain, etc., no longer exists. Bummer.
I like Trip Advisor City Guides to find nearby self-guided walking tours. You can download a map with pictures and historical facts for attractions along the way and take it with you even if you don't have a data or wifi connection, so it's a great app for international travel. It also has restaurant reviews, hotel information, and all that good stuff the normal Trip Advisor app has.
Finally, Kayak is a great, easy-to-use app for last-minute flights or hotel bookings when you can't get to a computer, and the Instagram and Foursquare apps prove indispensable even when I'm not traveling. When I was traveling abroad, I found that Foursquare could usually find nearby restaurants and reviews even if Yelp didn't work in that specific city, which was great.
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Next week: Please blog about anything you want! I'll be continuing my European Extravaganza recap series with photos from my weekend in Rome.