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Photos: TOP 10 must-have travel apps for iPad

Last updated on: July 25, 2011 15:15 IST

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Gourav Jain, Tech2Date.com

With over 200,000 apps available, there are iPad apps for everything. There are apps for storage, finances, organisation, budgeting, business, marketing, networking, cooking, health and fitness, and so much more.

Some of these apps, or programmes, are geared toward travelers; they perform a specialised function that lends a helping hand to globetrotters as they navigate their way through the world. Vacations are great without an iPad but with these travel apps on it, it can make vacations even better. The following list offers information on the top ten iPad travel apps.

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1. Kayak

By using Kayak, travellers can find the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals, attractions, events, and more.

It is also possible to book travel plans, organise a travel itinerary, and track flight status. It is a personalised travel agent on your iPad.

NEXT: TomTom

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2. TomTom

This app turns an iPad into a GPS device and is great for helping travellers navigate their way through a new city or town. Don't get lost ever again in a foreign city.

NEXT: The Weather Channel

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3. The Weather Channel

Whether it's a pleasurable trot around the globe or merely a business trip from one city to another, it is always advisable to know what the weather will be at the next destination. This app has everything and more.

Hourly forecasts, full screen maps, Doppler radar, fully customisable radar maps, and updated pollen forecasts are included in this easy to use iPad app.

It will even pinpoint a traveller's current location when it launches for those globetrotters who may forget what country they're in!

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4. Skype

It is now possible to throw away that hotel room phone. With Skype, a traveller can connect free to any Skype number anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi connection. Connections to landlines won't break a travel budget; they are only two cents per minute and are much more convenient than the hotel phone.

NEXT: Wi-Fi Finder

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5. Wi-Fi Finder

Finding a wi-fi location can be difficult in foreign countries. Using a wi-fi connection can keep costs down; international data rates can destroy any travel budget in a few hours. This app will quickly locate any free or paid wi-fi location across the globe. It now contains over 320,000 locations in 140 countries.

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6. World Customs

Want to know what and what NOT to say or do in a foreign country?

This app contains all the important global dos and don'ts that will keep travellers safe and out of trouble. It includes customs, cultural facts, information, and other pertinent facts on over 165 countries around the world.

NEXT: HiConverter

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7. HiConverter

This is a multi-purpose converter that can convert the usual measurements such as temperature and distance. It also helps travellers with currency conversions and European clothing sise conversions.

For women travellers who may need some undergarments while on the road, it even has a bra size chart converter.

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8. Next Flight

Next Flight provides a constantly updated list of available flights from all airline carriers around the world. It works for any location to any destination.

It is an extremely valuable tool for those who like to change travel plans often.

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9. Urbanspoon

Dinner time in a foreign city? Have no idea where they serve the best local cuisine?

Urbanspoon can show you all the restaurants in any city in the world. If Italian or Chinese food is desired, there are filters to search for specific type of foods.

Access to reviews are also available. With Urbanspoon, eating out in a foreign city becomes just a little less adventurous.

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10. Lingolook Flashcards

Need to know a word or a phrase in another language? This app will provide the traveller with flashcards for important words and phrases.

Just tap the iPad and the word or phrase will be said aloud. Know exactly how to pronounce it to avoid any embarrassing misunderstandings. This app is available in Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian.

The iPad definitely makes traveling easier and more convenient. Apps provide information on flights, hotels, restaurants, car rentals, trains, weather, cheap gas, attractions, tours, event tickets, how to pack, and how to act in a foreign country. Travelling without an iPad and an arsenal of apps, is like travelling in the dark ages.

Join the twenty-first century by loading up on iPad apps. These top ten iPad travel apps will make travelling more rewarding and much less stressful.

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