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10 Best Apps For Traveling Like A Local

For those who are seasoned travelers and not simply tourists, these smart applications will help you travel through the eyes of a local.  Leave your guidebooks behind and rely on the inside scoop – just in time for the holidays.

10. Smart Traveler

The official US State Department app for US Travelers, Smart Traveler covers every inch of information vis-à-vis the country you’re traveling to, with their “know before you go” feature.  From criminal penalties, embassy locations, safety and security and entry an exit requirements, to name a few, Smart Traveler is the epitome of safety and security. Peruse the deep political backgrounds of each country and brush up on its history, political conditions, economy, defense, foreign and US relations – it’s the most comprehensive travel app out there, guaranteed.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Cost: FREE

9. Road Ninja

If you’re on the road or stuck in the middle of nowhere, Road Ninja will find restaurants, gas stations, parking, nightlife, sushi or even vegetarian eateries, all within a 3-mile radius of your exit.  Scroll through what’s coming up at approaching exits, or stay on your path – whichever way you go, Road Ninja has mastered how to get you there.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later

Cost: FREE

8. Tourism Commissions and Bureaus

Apps created by tourism commissions and bureaus promise to be multifaceted and filled with local spots.  It’s a sure way to go when exploring a new, uncharted territory.   A shining example is the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Explore Canada Like a Local app, relaying prime travel insights from Canadians who know the real deal.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Cost: FREE

7. Wi-Fi Finder

Via GPS, Wi-Fi Finder will show you where all of the closest free and paid wireless locations are and how to get there –  you’ll never need to tirelessly wander around for service again.  Wi-Fi Finder is linked to over 650,000 locations in 144 countries all over the world, keeping you internationally connected at all times.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

Cost: FREE

6. World Customs

The best app for travelers who seek sincere cultural immersion, World Customs includes everything from cultural facts and traditions to advice on whether or not it’s wise to make eye contact with locals.  Browse countries by flag (165 of them) and be amazingly prepared for any and all confrontations.  Inside information listed by country includes proper greetings, gender issues, taboos, gestures and even personal space and touching.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Cost: FREE

5. HearPlanet (Lite): Audio Guide to the World

Listen to travel insight from HearPlanet, the guidebook that speaks out loud on your device and tells you what to see and where to go.  HearPlanet finds the lesser-known spots and guides you along – via their advanced mapping engine – to find global coverage of over 300,000 locations.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Cost: FREE.

4. Foodict Food Dictionary

Featuring more than 2,100 terms, Foodict is an extensive dictionary of local and international food expressions.  Say so long to the panic of choosing the wrong item on a menu and order with assurance – just like a local.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

Cost: $1.99

3. Currency

The simplest money converter out there, Currency is available in 17 different languages, is free to download and to use and it provides exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries.   Convert your cash on your own and eliminate the risk of vendors sensing they have a tourist on their hands.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Cost: FREE

2. Spotted by Locals – Experience Europe Like a Local

Writers living in 39 cities all over the European continent contribute to Spotted by Locals, providing travelers with the insider scoop.  Save your favorite spots and peruse tips handpicked by town denizens.  The app is full of insider tips and is promptly up-to-date and all updates are made automatically, offline.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Cost: FREE

1. Local Eats

Local Eats features independently-owned restaurants and local places only.  You’ll find no run-of-the-mill, national chain restaurants here.  Those interested in an authentic dining experience will appreciate the GPS “what’s near me” feature and the ease of booking a taxi directly through the app itself.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later

Cost: $0.99

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