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Take advantage of your tablet's full potential by downloading this season's hottest travel apps which help you simply your trip planning, save money and let you have more fun on the road. Whether you are looking to book a group tour, save money on ski lift tickets, quickly find affordable parking, find the best local restaurants or comparison shop for room rates, you should not leave your house without these handy apps.

»TourRadar

TourRadar


If you are looking for an easy way to find and book a tour, download TourRadar which lets you research and book a group tour. Look for the "Verified Partner" badge which is only given to Tour Operators who have undergone a special background check. If you have any questions while traveling, you can call TourRadar's customer service 24 hours a day for help. Tours are available in USA, Europe, Asia, Pacific Islands, North America, South America and Africa. Photo: TourRadar

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»ParkingPanda

ParkingPanda


ParkingPanda is the ultimate travel app for those planning to drive on their vacation to a major city. Eliminate the stress of looking for a parking spot by booking ahead of time using ParkingPanda. If you are planning to attend a concert or a major sports event, the app lets you browse available parking options by price. Begin by choosing your city and the app will show you parking options near popular hotels, restaurants, airports, points of interest and neighborhoods. Once you find the hotel you plan to stay at, the app displays nearby garages and lots, complete with prices and a booking form. The app will help you save money by letting you know the time of day the cost is reduced and other useful tips. You can even earn free credits by inviting friends to use the app. The app is available for both Android and iOS. Find out more at parkingpanda.com. Photo:

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»Roomer

Roomer

If you are looking for last minute bargains for your next weekend getaway, head to Roomer. Travelers who are unable to cancel their hotel reservation, can list their room on the web site. With discounts as high as 60% off regular room rates, this site is worth keeping an eye on. It works the other way too: if you ever find yourself with a hotel reservation that you cannot cancel, Roomer lets you list the room at a reduced price so that somebody else can go on the trip and you can get some money back. Whether you are buying or selling, the service takes care of the important details: the transaction between the buyer and seller, and re-booking the hotel room in the buyer's name. Photo:

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»Ski Sale: Save Up to 56% on Lift Tickets with Liftopia

Ski Sale: Save Up to 56% on Lift Tickets with Liftopia


The company partners with more than 250 alpine resorts across North America, many of which have lowered their prices. Visit Liftopia to get the deal. Some of the deals available include: Colorado (up to 51% savings at various resorts), New England (Vermont, N.H.), New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Tahoe, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific Northwest & Other Regions (Arizona, Quebec, Alaska, Utah, etc). This is a great web site to keep in mind for find some of the best deals, whether you are planning a last minute trip or comparing prices at different resorts. Use their handy features to quickly search available offers and reserve your favorite. Photo:

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»Room77

Room77

If you are a fan of comparison shopping, you have to check out Room77.com. The web site offers an innovative way to search for hotels, compare prices and book your stay. Intuitive drop-down menus let you narrow down your searches by price, rating, amenities, brands and location. For example, you can check a box to get properties with swimming pools, free breakfast, free parking and other features.

The desktop version of Room77 offers many excellent filters and you get to see everything in the same window, including maps, photos and prices from major online travel agencies, such as Expedia, Priceline, Booking and others. When you start typing a city name, the interface offers choices to narrow down your search. For example, when we started typing "New York City," the comparison tool offered us several choices, such as "properties near Times Square" and "near Grand Central Terminal." You can search for properties near a famous attractions which is particularly handy if you are not very familiar with the city you are traveling to.

The mobile version of the web site is easy to use, but when you use the service for the first time, try the desktop version so that you don't miss any of the functionality. Room77 is fast-loading and well thought out - it's definitely at the top of our list when looking for a great deal on a hotel room. Photo:

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»Trover

Trover


Discover cool spots around the world and add your own with Trover which lets vacationers upload and location-tag photos while traveling. Explore your next destination virtually before you go by discovering what others enjoyed, including attractions, historic sites, shops and restaurants. Look through other user's lists to find hidden gems and insider knowledge which can save you time and money on your trip. Once you are there, add your own photos and comments to share your discoveries with friends. Photo: Trover

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»Stray Boots App

Stray Boots App


Stray Boots takes city tours to a new level with its fun interactive features and intuitive design. The idea behind the app is to make city tours more like a scavenger hunt where you find clues and meet unexpected challenges. The app is available for both Android and iOS and offers itineraries in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, NYC, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., Bear Valley, and in the United Kingdom.

This creative app is designed for 1 to 12 people. Each tour takes about two to three hours to complete and starts at $5 per person. You can begin whenever you like which is convenient if you decide to sleep in. The app will give you recommended times to start so that you can see all of the attractions in the best possible light. It's a good idea to download the tour at the hotel or at home where you have access to faster internet. The company is constantly adding new creative itineraries for a wide variety of interests. There are shopping, cultural and even bar tours. For more information, visit strayboots.com. Photo:

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»Vayable

Vayable


Have you ever wished for an authentic local experience when visiting a new city - not a tour that anyone else can sign up for, but an insider experience by someone who lives there? Try Vayable, a web site that lets you search what local experts have to offer. You'll be able to choose from unique experiences such as off the beaten path food and wine tours, walking tours, shopping, museum visits and street art tours. If you are not exactly sure what you are looking for, you can submit a quick form and get back a list of ideas. Specify a budget, destination and submit a quick description of the kind of experiences you are looking for, and the web site will match your query with the best local guides. Once you decide what you want, you can book the tour online through Vayable.

Similarly, if you want to offer personalized experiences in your hometown, meet interesting people and earn some money, you can sign up to be a Vayable Insider. Given all the glowing testimonials, Vayable is a great idea for locals and visitors who want to share unique experiences. Photo:

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»SoundCloud

SoundCloud


SoundCloud Travel App lets you record the sounds you hear while you travel, whether it's a jazz concert in New York City, dolphins in Hawaii or bison in Yellowstone National Park. Sharing is extremely easy with this app - there is great integration for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr. Of course, you can always keep your recordings private as well. Once you create an account, you can search other people's recordings and find your favorite sounds. You can listen to, favorite, repost and comment on sounds shared in your Stream. SoundCloud is available for free from the Apple Store (for iPhone and iPad ). The app is also available on Android. Photo:

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»Minube App

Minube App


Available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, Minube is a free travel app that lets you search through thousands of destination guides created by other users. Many of these guides are free, but some cost money to view. If you are planning a trip to Europe, most European countries (especially Spain where the company is located), are well covered. Since the app itself is free, you can always download it and check if the place you are traveling to has good guides. Recommendations on Minube include top places to see, restaurants and hotels.

You may get hooked and upload your own mini-guides as you travel. If you get very good at recording your information, you may even be able to make some money with it and finance your next big trip. Your mobile phone or tablet can take great videos and simple apps can prepare them for sharing. Record your voice on site or edit the video when you get home for an even better quality. Photo:

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»TheSuitest

TheSuitest


Hotel and resort prices fluctuate constantly, based on supply and demand. What's the best time to book your trip? This website will tell you whether to book now or to wait, using a sophisticated price-predicting engine. Find out if you are getting a good deal by using TheSuitest, a hotel comparison shopping engine which shows you not only the current price, but also the usual hotel price and the room's fair value. If your plans are flexible, click on the blue clock next to the price and you will see the "Hotel Time Machine" advising you whether you should book your hotel room now or wait, based on historic data.

TheSuitest has several other handy features, such as the "Expose Fees" button which adds common resort fees to the total price of your stay. Properties frequently charge a mandatory Resort Fee for use of their facilities such as the fitness center and swimming pool. Other hidden charges can include internet fees, parking, taxes and other fees. The online tool has a stylish and simple interface which lets you find getaways in a specific city, neighborhood or by name. It returns results almost instantly, making it a handy price comparison tool. Find more more money saving travel tips. Photo:

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»Find. Eat. Drink.

Find. Eat. Drink.

Find. Eat. Drink. relies on top local experts in the culinary field - chefs, bartenders and sommeliers - to give you the best dining recommendations in more than 150 cities around the world. The app is free and is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Currently 450 professionals offer their expert advice on the top places to eat and drink. Each pro has a profile which helps you understand their background and experience. Among the experts are famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Scott Conant. The app lets you sort through a wide variety of establishment in each destination, compare pricing and view them on a map. You will be able to find restaurants, bars, food shops, markets and coffee bars in your chosen destination. The app lets you create your own lists of favorite places, perfect for planning a getaway to a new city. If you don't find your town on the list of destinations covered, don't give up yet. Find. Eat. Drink. is constantly adding new cities. Photo:

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