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7 Must-Have Apps For Travel

09/20/2012 06:55 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2012

Planning a hassle-free trip for one? You're not alone. I'm often hitting the road solo, and sometimes, the most important thing for me is to find the right app to call a taxi when I'm standing stranded on some street corner or the right translation for "scallops" in French ("Coquilles St Jacques").

To that end, I've rounded up seven apps that always come in handy when I'm in a new town or city and looking for fresh seafood or a ride to my cozy hotel room where I'm bound to be watching trash TV and ordering some delicious room service.

CheapOair
When looking to fly to an unfamiliar city, let the CheapOair mobile app find the best flight and hotel deals for you. With the apps new 24/7 Live Chat option, even when traveling along, a helping hand is available to sort out any flight delays or lost hotel reservations.

LocalEats
When you're in an unfamiliar city, and are unsure of what type of food to eat, the LocalEats app allows you to search through recommended restaurants that have been reviewed by local food critics. LocalEats can help you find a restaurant for some peace and quiet with a large glass of wine in your hand, or a sociable pub where you can meet locals and engage in conversation.

Metro Mobile App
Visiting a city that has a complicated subway system is no doubt a stressful process, especially when you're alone and there is no one around to help show you the right subway to jump on. Metro Mobile App allows users to type in their origin and destination to find the shortest way of getting around without wasting time asking every local stranger for directions.

Goby
When looking to absorb the culture with local events, the Goby app will help you find nearby fairs, flea markets and other activities to keep you occupied during your trip.

XE CurrencyApp
When looking to splurge on a shopping spree, XE Currency App lets you know exactly how much you're spending in any country or city. This app keeps your budget on track to know exactly what you can and cannot afford.

Google Translate
When traveling to foreign country where you may be unfamiliar with the language, it can be frustrating without having a familiar face by your side to communicate with. But with Google Translate, users can plug in a question or comment and select the language they wish to translate to, and within seconds the app interprets so users and locals can communicate.

TaxiMagic
When you're in a new city all alone late at night and in need of transportation to a destination too far to walk, the TaxiMagic app can help travelers feel safe in this situation. Users can book a taxi ahead of time, to pick them up at their exact location and drive them to their desired destination at any time of any day.