• The best smartphone travel apps for 2013


    Smartphones have helped change the way people travel. There is a seemingly endless list of apps that can help you on your next trip, offering assistance on everything from finding the right restaurant or attraction to providing you with directions to your next destinations. Although there are plenty of helpful programs, choosing the right one can often be difficult. With so many to pick, how do you know which ones are best for you? According to Departures magazine, there are several apps in particular that are must haves.

    Everyone has taken a picture that they feel is perfectly suited to a postcard. Whether it is a beautiful view looking out on the Pacific coast or a mountain providing a majestic backdrop to your travels through the Alps, there are some photos that need to be shared, and Postagram gives you the chance to do so with a unique twist. After selecting the photo you feel best fits a postcard, you can type in a short message along with the address of the intended recipient. They'll have the personalized postcard within several days. The app is free, but each delivery in the U.S. costs 99 cents, with international deliveries costing $1.99, the publication notes.

    Whether you're traveling through the U.S. or in a different country, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up on the news from your home. Being away from your local newspaper can certainly be a jarring experience, but PressReader helps solve any of those issues, according to Departures. There's a monthly subscription fee of $29.95, but considering that it gives you access to more than 2,000 papers from around the world, it seems like a good deal.

    Perfect for anyone making there way across unfamiliar territory, TripLingo can help you navigate some of the trickier linguistic challenges you could encounter. In addition to offering common words and phrases, along with a live translator, TripLingo also provides insight into customs and taboos that can help your travels go more smoothly, according to Mashable. So whether you find yourself in Poland, Japan or anywhere in between, you'll be able to feel more comfortable in your surrounding with the push of a button.

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