10 Travel Apps to Give this Season

Splurge on these 10 great apps that help even the most fumbling traveler become a sleek adventurer.

Don’t be a skinflint by gifting free apps. Splurge on these hot little numbers instead. Most are actually quite affordable, and they give value far beyond the holidays. Here are 10 great apps that help even the most fumbling traveler become a sleek adventurer.

The iTunes store makes gifting apps easy: In the drop-down menu next to the app’s price, select “Gift This App.” Android is a bit more difficult: The easiest solution is to purchase an Amazon-branded gift card good for Android app purchases. Your recipient can install the Amazon Appstore on his or her phone, then use the gift card accordingly—you can accompany your gift with a note about how cool it would be to have a particular app.

By Annette Thompson

Annette Thompson likes a packed suitcase and a new highway. Plane tickets make her happy too. The travel writer and photographer calls Birmingham, Alabama, home, though she knows many other places just as well, such as her summer digs in Cambridge, England.

She's a soft-core adventure seeker, from hiking an alpine path, to driving race cars, to hooking monster tuna and tarpon. She's also attracted to food porn and covets recipes and ingenious restaurants.

Annette is a board member with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Her work has appeared online and in numerous magazines, including USA Today's Go Escape. She was a longtime travel editor at Southern Living magazine until she set out to travel the world a couple of years ago.

Contact her at annette@annettethompsontravel.com and follow her on Twitter @annietravel.

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