Free Wi-Fi Finder You're touring an unfamiliar city and in need of Wi-Fi - make that free Wi-Fi. With the tap of a button, this app (also free) uses your smartphone's GPS to find nearby public Wi-Fi hot spots. Free Wi-
When traveling internationally, certain apps can save you money by enabling you to send text messages and photos without the usual phone company texting fees. WhatsApp is among the most popular, but another player, HeyWire, has some fun time-sucking features, like the ability to place digital stickers on the photos you've taken. (Who doesn't want to slap a propeller cap on their travel companion?) A "meme" button allows you to add bold, all-caps text to your photos. You can also post photos to Twitter or
This free app enables you to find and book discounted same-day hotel rooms (thanks to unsold inventory) in more than 200 destinations worldwide. HotelTonight has been around for a few years, but it became more useful recently when it began posting its daily deals at
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MANY TRAVEL APPS are too complicated, wonky or simply not helpful enough to earn a spot on your smartphone home screen. Some, however, can make travel easier. And who doesn't want that during the frantic holiday season? Besides, now that smartphones can be used during takeoff and landing, there's no time like the present to turn yours into a personal travel assistant. So whether this season's travels take you up in the air or on the road, here are a few of my favorite apps to make the journey smoother.
Free Wi-Fi Finder
You're touring an unfamiliar city and in need of Wi-Fi - make that free Wi-Fi. With the tap of a button, this app (also free) uses your smartphone's GPS to find nearby public Wi-Fi hot spots. Free Wi-