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Column: The best free travel apps
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By Robin Anderson

Columbus Travel 

We live in a technologically savvy world. Everywhere you look, someone is posting, tweeting or texting on a smartphone. When it comes to travel, there’s an app for everything and you don’t need to spend a fortune to have the help you need literally at your fingertips. Here are just a few of the best:

GateGuru is a flyer’s dream. When you know which gate you’ll be arriving at on a connecting flight, it shows where it is located within the airport and how to get there. It also shows restaurants, stores and play areas. User ratings also provide restaurant reviews, and security line wait times.

TripIt keeps all travel information in one place. Confirmation numbers, itineraries, calendars and more can be stored with this app, which uses your confirmation emails and self-entered data to create a master schedule.

Need a taxi, but don’t know who to call? The free Taxi Magic app locates a taxi company based on location. Book the taxi, track its arrival and even charge the ride to your credit card. 

If you lose your car at the airport, whip out your phone and use Take Me To My Car. Just tap this free app and its GPS service will show you where you are in relation to your car. 

FlightTrack Free provides real-time status updates for gates, delays and cancellations at 16,000 airports worldwide. Users can also view and zoom in on maps and share flight information via email, text message, Facebook or Twitter. 

When traveling outside of the U.S., don’t worry trying to figure out how much that souvenir or meal costs in dollars. Let the free Currency Converter app give you the daily exchange rates for more than 180 countries. 

ATM Hunter by MasterCard helps you find an ATM based on your bank and surcharges. It’s also able to find your location.

iTranslate is a top-notch translation tool that helps you communicate in another language in seconds. Twenty different languages are translated, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. 

Apps are a great way to make traveling easier.

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