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Road Trip, Part 1

Road Trip, Part 1
by Gary Woods

With summer upon us I thought it would be a good time to look at what travel apps are available for my iPhone. For planning a trip I usually look at TripAdvisor first. It's a free app and with it you can browse a database of over 100 million customer reviews to find the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities at the place you want to go. Once you're at the location it has a "Near Me" feature which looks for restaurants and activities based on your current location and then when you've experienced what other people have suggested you can post your own comments.

Packing Pro is a good app for creating packing lists of things you want to bring along with you. You can start with pre-built lists and then customize those lists for your particular requirements. Packing Pro isn't free but $2.99 seems cheap enough.

Once you've started booking your vacation then TripIt can come in very handy. As confirmation emails from airlines, hotels and restaurants start coming in you can forward them to and the app will automatically create an itinerary of your entire travel schedule and the good news is that TripIt is free.

If you haven't quite nailed down where you want to go then 1001 Wonders of the World is a cool place to start. For $2.99 the app features more than 2,000 professional photos of the most beautiful destinations on earth.

Next week we'll talk about actually booking that vacation so stay tuned.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby's International Realty.