travel apps

The holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving kicks things off here in the United States. Then we have Christmas and New Years next month! People will be traveling more and more over the next 40 days (give or take) as they visit friends, family and cash in all that vacation time from work. Here are some great apps to load up on your Windows Phone as you travel!

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Travel Planning Apps

Summer is upon us and the vacation season is quickly moving into high gear. Many will be planning vacation getaways and there are plenty of Windows Phone apps available to help you plan your trips.

The focus of this week's Windows Phone Central roundup is travel planning apps that will help you find hotels, flights and even rental cars all from one app. These one-stop shops make travel planning convenient and in many cases stress-free. Along with these multi-faceted apps, we will also toss in a few apps that have a singular focus for hotel reservations, flight bookings or rental cars.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Travel Apps
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Travel Apps

There is a wide assortment of travel apps available for our Windows Phones. You have navigation apps, city guides, translation apps, currency converters, and more.  In this week's Windows Phone Central app roundup we're focusing on apps that will help you find local establishments/attractions/businesses while you are visiting unfamiliar locations or if you're looking for something new in your home town.

We've all been there. Vacationing in a new city and really wanting to find a good restaurant?  Check out the local shops to find the deals?  Find a tourist stop to spend the afternoon at?

These apps should help you find such locations and more.

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If you recall, all the way back at the beginning of last year, India's Jet Airways helped celebrate the release of the Lumia 800 in India by draping many of their planes in Nokia advertisements.

They have since followed up with a fantastic app for Windows Phone 7.X and 8, which came out at the beginning of May. The Jet Airways app covers you from booking, to flight status to rewards. 

We may have missed it at the beginning of the month, but here's your chance to play catchup with us!

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HERE Transit (formerly Nokia Transit), which helps you get from point A to point B using public transportation, got a nice little update today. In addition to the usual bug fixes, it also adds some handy new features.

This latest version now lets you view a list of local stations on a map. It also works nicely with HERE Maps, letting you switch between it and HERE Transit in the Journey Planner section. Got some favorite locations in HERE Maps or HERE Drive? Now you can access them through Transit too. It's great to see Nokia tying their suite of HERE applications closer together like a pretty pink bow.

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Hotel Finder by Melon Mobile is a simple, yet effective Windows Phone app to help you find a hotel when traveling. Hotel Finder uses your Windows Phone location services to chart your location on the map and then adds all the hotels in your area.

Hotel Finder has a hotel database of over 230,000 hotels wordwide. Searches can be filtered and results include ratings from other travelers to give you a better feel for things. Hotel Finder isn't loaded down with a lot of bells and whistles but it does a really nice job of helping you find a place to stay.

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For those who travel a lot, the official TripAdvisor app seems like one of those things that you would want to have on your Windows Phone. Providing info on hotels, restaurants, reviews, detailed descriptions and the ability to dial directly, the app in theory is great. In reality, the previous version received many complaints and it maintained a low 2.5 stars out of 100 reviews.

But anyone can turn things around and TripAdvisor has done that with version 2.0--a major overhaul of the app itself in terms of functions and UI. The new UI is very Metro influenced and looks great in addition to being very smooth with transitions and data loading. We've been playing around with it for the last hour and we think it's a keeper. Kudos to the TripAdvisor devs for making a solid app update.

Pick up TripAdvisor for free here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Steve F., for the tip!

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