Apps | the 12 best travel apps

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A travel pro takes you to the best apps which will make your journeys easier and more enjoyable.

By Stephanie Rosenbloom

Monk pathRecently I deleted dozens of travel apps from my iPhone. Many are great. They allowed me to research unfamiliar places, listen to audio tours and turn my photos into postcards. But travel is about tapping the world, not a screen, so I’m ending the year with an app purge. I’ve kept only what I use often. An app didn’t have to be new (most weren’t) to make the cut, but it had to make travel easier or significantly more enjoyable. Below are a dozen that have earned a spot on my smartphone heading into 2016.

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© photo by Gregory Mancuso

Bravolol This app brand puts basic phrases and vocabulary — “Thank you,” “How much?,” “A table for two, please” — at your fingertips. Each (in my case) English phrase is shown in the foreign language and sometimes as a transliteration, too. Even better: Tap a phrase, and the app speaks it aloud so you know how to pronounce it. There are a variety of languages available, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic. Cost: free for basic categories, and $4.99 for additional categories such as “driving” and “sightseeing.”

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