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Travel Apps Designed for Wherever Your Road Takes You

Published: October 20, 2013

Whether we're alone, or on a family vacation, traveling can present all sorts of challenges. Even the best-laid plans go awry, but thanks to our smartphones, we're always in a position to handle wherever the road takes us, providing, of course, our phones are equipped with the proper applications.

There are apps for everything today, and a plethora of them are focused on travel. Here are some free travel apps to download before you take off:

For the financial whiz
Mint ( holds all of your financial information - from account balances to transactions to investments. Whether you're in a cab, or in line at Disneyland, you'll be able to monitor your finances. Mint also allows you to transfer money within the app and is highly secure.

Oanda Currency Converter ( can help you determine the value of any product in 190 currencies. This app certainly comes in handy, but makes it almost too easy to spend abroad.

For the practical tripper
There never seems to be a bathroom around when you need it...or is there? The SitOrSquat app ( lists 95,000 bathrooms worldwide, so you can always find one close to you. It includes ratings, so you'll know whether to sit, squat or keep walking.

Of course, every app uses data, and that means roaming fees. Onavo ( compresses your downloaded data usage, so that you use less and get more from it. Onavo backs up to a cloud-based technology and provides monthly usage reports.

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