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Planning a vacation soon? Here are some travel apps that might help while going around the world. You will find on the list apps that can provide info about locations, help you book a table and add layers around what you see trough your camera lens.

These were picked by Time to be the best iPhone applications in 2011.

Most of the apps require internet but with some many hot spots nowadays it’s quite easy to make them work.

Enjoy the list

Best iPhone Apps 2011 Travel

The Weather Channel for iPhone

The Weather Channel for iPhone

free app
by By The Weather Channel Interactive
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The Weather Channel takes your weather experience to the next level with full screen maps, extended forecasts, severe weather alerts, and more.

Features:
Full screen, interactive radar maps
Uses Google Mobile Maps for faster zooming and panning
Pinpoints your location at launch
Seasonal information
Post weather to your Facebook Wall

TIP: You can set any location as your home location, under Locations > Favorites. This will bypass location lookup at launch and take you straight to your most used location.

The Weather Channel reviews

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Just "okay" (by Lisa Hummitsch)
As far as forecasts and severe alerts go, this is a good app. What is lacking is the radar- it’s often not even close to real-time, sometimes showing radar that is an hour our more old. I want to see current conditions when viewing radar.
     
Bad. (by eag1e)
The app constantly crashes and closes and fails to load the weather due to made-up network problems. I’m on wifi on a very reliable connection. They’re still avoiding having to fix it. This app is terrible, but it’s less terrible than any other free weather app.
Word Lens for iPhone

Word Lens for iPhone

free app
by By Quest Visual
     
2410 Ratings
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Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! PLEASE NOTE: Language packs must be purchased from within the app. Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun.

Now with support for the iPad 2!

Buy language pairs with in-app purchase:
- Spanish to English
- English to Spanish

Try out the included modes first so you can see the technology in action:
- Reverse Words (spell all words backwards)
- Erase Words (digital white-out)


Word Lens gives you translation on the go:
- NO NETWORK required – results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.
- Easy to use, like the regular camera
- Look up translations by typing them in, too


Get the best quality out of your translations:
- best used on clearly printed text (e.g. signs, menus)

Word Lens reviews

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ONLY ONE LANGUAGE AVAILABLE (by david cox)
If you need this app for anything besides SPANISH it will do you no good. No other languages are available. Also, the price 9.99 for spanish should be for BOTH directions of translation. You are NOT generating very much good will with your early adoption customers with this inflated pricing.
     
So very disappointed (by Debbie Flanigan)
I just love the idea of this app and can’t wait for a free one to be developed that does what this one says it will. Unless you pay the $10.00 for a language, all this free app does is reverse or erase the words. How helpful is that? Now I have to delete it to make room for apps that are helpful. Including one free language such as Spanish to English might have tempted me to purchase others.
KAYAK Flight, Hotel Search for iPhone

KAYAK Flight, Hotel Search for iPhone

free app
by By kayak.com
     
39746 Ratings
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The most popular iPhone travel app.*

Peoples Voice Winner for Best Mobile Travel Offering The 2011 Webby Awards

Everything KAYAK, right on your phone
- Compare flight, hotel and car rental deals
- Track your flight status
- View and manage your trip itinerary
- Look up baggage fees
- Access airline numbers and airport info

NEW: book your hotel right in the app, just choose KAYAK as your booking option.

*According to all-time Apple App store rankings in the US as of March 24, 2011 for KAYAK Mobile among free travel apps for iPhone.

Flights – Hotels – Cars – Trip Itinerary – Flight Tracker
Download Now – Its Free.

KAYAK Flight, Hotel Search reviews

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Functional app. (by NASIR KHAN)
I have been using kayak app for airline,
Hotel and car rental needs for the last 5 months and find it extremely helpful in finding great deal
     
Great for searching but… (by Polonius916)
Best interface I’ve seen for searching multiple airlines for good fares. But buying the tickets is easier on computer. 3.6 stars.
Zipcar for iPhone

Zipcar for iPhone

free app
by By Zipcar
     
12912 Ratings
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Ladies and gentlemen, start your iPhone.

Zipcar members, you can use your iPhone or iPod touch to quickly and easily find and reserve a Zipcar around the corner or across the globe. You can also honk the horn, and even lock and unlock the doors. The streamlined interface makes for a very smooth ride.

We dont like to toot our own horn, but here goes: The Zipcar App was one of Time Magazines Best Travel Gadgets of 2009, one of Wireds Five Commuter iPhone Apps Youve Gotta Try, was featured in an iPhone commercial, and voted one of Time Magazines 50 best iPhone apps for 2011. (Toot! Toot!)

As always, well keep working to make the Zipcar App better and better and filled with more of the features Zipsters want to see.

10 COOL THINGS MEMBERS CAN DO WITH THE ZIPCAR APP:
1) Find available Zipcars on a map using your current location, a favorite location or any location
2) Reserve a Zipcar any time, 24/7
3) Sort cars by time available, car type and model
4) View upcoming reservations
5) Easily locate your reserved Zipcar by honking its horn
6) Unlock and lock your Zipcar after scanning your Zipcard at the start of each reservation
7) Get directions to your Zipcar
8) Tap to contact Zipcar if help is needed during a reservation
9) Extend or cancel reservations on the go
10) Play around with the virtual key fob and make sounds even when you’re not in a reservation

Zipcar reviews

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They fixed it!! :) (by CentPark)
Thanks, much appreciated.
     
Zipcar 2.0: Fixed at last (by newyorkbob)
Finally…a usable Zipcar app. The time and date self-reset problem is fixed. Now the time you set is the time you get.
Google Earth for iPhone

Google Earth for iPhone

free app
by By Google
     
413259 Ratings
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Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.

With Google Earth, you can:
Navigate the world with a swipe of your finger
Swipe with two fingers to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain
Show the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
View geo-located Wikipedia articles
Use the Location feature to fly to your current location
Search for cities, places, and business around the globe with Google Local Search

Google Earth reviews

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Space?? (by Awesomeman66434664)
Can you add space PLEASSSE that would be ssooooo ccccoooolllll!!!! :)
     
I have a note (by ABU HARB1)
It needs to be able if i want to know the distance between tow points and how much i’ll spend a time by car as it is avilabal on pc.
Actuwaly it’s a perfect App. Thanks to you alots.
Finaly sorry about my weak english language :)
Yelp for iPhone

Yelp for iPhone

free app
by By Yelp
     
105703 Ratings
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Looking for a burrito joint open now? An Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for your iPhone is here to help. Use us to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.

FEATURES:

- Search for businesses near you
- Tap quick links to find nearby bars, restaurants, cafes and more
- Narrow your searches by ‘hood, distance, price, and what’s open now
- Browse reviews to read what’s great (and not so great) in your city
- Add Quick Tips, photos, and draft reviews for your favorite businesses
- Check-in and share on Facebook and Twitter
- Make reservations on OpenTable without leaving the Yelp app
- Look up addresses and phone numbers for thousands of businesses, then call or map them from your iPhone
- Yelp does augmented reality with Monocle. Overlay business information onto the world around you

Yelp reviews

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Still missing features from iPhone version (by Richie Magallanes)
It’s anti-intuitive when it comes to searching for anything in your general vicinity. There isn’t a single one-click option to hone in on your current position. Typically, this is the very first thing I do on my iPhone. I hit that locate me button, then I figure out where I wanna go from there, because for the most part, if I fire up yelp, it’s cuz I’m hungry already. And although I’m grateful for the continuous updates and I do like the bookmark feature for my favorite spots…it’s REALLY missing that one simple feature. Please update!

Ps- also does not show any info on "special offer" items???? Why are so many basic features missing? I may have to turn my 2 star rating into 1 if I end up stumbling across something else missing
     
Update never stops loading (by James Fee)
Don’t update until they fix the current version. Never stops loading.
AroundMe for iPhone

AroundMe for iPhone

free app
by By Attorno A Me S.R.L.
     
100320 Ratings
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AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings.

How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest Gas Station?

AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi.
AroundMe shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.

For every listing you can choose to see its location on a Map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.
The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you.

Fast, easy and accurate. AroundMe is your ideal day to day companion.

AroundMe reviews

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Very useful app (by Zzzzzzzarimbaaaa)
Works as advertised and shows you many places around you! I use it all the time.
     
Best App!! (by TrunkMonkey8417)
Out of all the app’s on my iPhone since it came out, this is the most app used. I definitely recommend this app to anyone. This app deserves 5 stars!!!
Layers for iPhone

Layers for iPhone

$4.99
by By Gotow.net
     
408 Ratings
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– Featured in the The 2011 iPhone App Guide! –

Layers is a natural media painting app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Built on the feedback of hundreds of mobile artists, Layers packs in everything you need to be creative on the go. Whether you’re an experienced iPhone artist or a creative user looking to doodle, Layers is for you!

Layers allows you to add up to five layers to each drawing, opening a whole new creative space. You can add a layer from a photo to trace your subject, or use the eraser tool to remove parts of one layer and reveal details of the layer beneath! A full-featured eraser gives you fine grained control over layer transparency, and a smudge tool allows for tons of unique painting styles! Want to add photos to your drawings? Layers allows you to position and scale the photos you add and see how they’ll appear on top of your existing work. Once you’re done painting, you can email your drawing as a PSD file with the layers intact.

Layers reviews

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Wow what a fun app, great results (by Chrisaclark)
I’m an artist & I got my iPhone with little interest in gaming, but more hoping to find some cool art apps. Boy does Layers hit the spot. Easy to use, simple yet fulfilling set of tools, the layering is of course fantastic. Like a mini Photoshop. Totally worth the $4.99. Top drawer.
     
actually i quite like it (by SmileySami123)
but $5? :(
HopStop for iPhone

HopStop for iPhone

free app
by By HopStop.com
     
8755 Ratings
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Just like our website, HopStop.com, this application provides detailed public transit directions and information. Whether you’re traveling by bus, subway, taxi, or walking, this app will get you where you’re going. Be sure to read about the unique iPhone features and travel customization options below. Have a great trip!

Supported Areas (with more being added every month!):

- New York City
- New Jersey
- Long Island
- Metro North Area
- Albany
- Boston
- Providence
- Hartford
- Philadelphia
- Pittsburgh
- Delaware
- Baltimore
- Washington DC
- Richmond
- Atlanta
- Milwaukee
- Chicago
- St. Louis
- Cleveland
- Minneapolis
- Seattle
- Portland
- Sacramento
- San Francisco
- London
- Paris
- Toronto
- Montreal
- Ottawa
- Edmonton
- Vancouver
- Raleigh
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- Miami
- Calgary


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HopStop reviews

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No Problems (by Halfred04)
Loved this app. Worked great for me! 1st time NYC tourist. Rode subways and bus’s all over Manhatten. Make sure you update directions before you leave, especially on weekends.
     
Latest update… (by jessbnme)
Thanks for fixing the glitch in the latest update. I can use it again.
Wikipedia Mobile for iPhone

Wikipedia Mobile for iPhone

free app
by By Wikimedia Foundation
     
50559 Ratings
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Wikipedia is now officially on the iPhone! This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there.

This app is focused on being very simple and very fast. Over time, we’ll add features based on requests.

The code is 100% open source and community built. If you are a programmer and good at JS/HTML5, then come and help us out!

Wikipedia Mobile reviews

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A much needed update (by TheIrishScotsman)
The last update really improves the efficiency of this app. Although this update should have been done a long time ago, I’m glad it’s finally been implemented into the app. This is a very useful app that everyone should have or at least try. There are still some slight issues with downloading pages, but for now, it’s managable. I would like to see another update in the near future though.
     
Update (by Vic 27)
I like the new update but it crashes when I try to view on it’s regular site. Difinitey needs some fine tuning but it’s a great free app.
OpenTable for iPhone

OpenTable for iPhone

free app
by By OpenTable, Inc.
     
30598 Ratings
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Restaurant Reservations Free, Instant, Confirmed. With OpenTable for iPhone you can make free restaurant reservations at more than 15,000 OpenTable-enabled restaurants in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. Plus, OpenTable members earn valuable Dining Rewards Points redeemable for Dining Cheques good at any OpenTable restaurant.

Winner:
+ CNETs Webware 100 Awards
+ 5 Stars from AppPicker.com

OpenTable reviews

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Good but could be great (by Whewcyc)
Good app. Would like to be able to save preferred locations on the homepage or my profile.
     
Awesome (by Mellojellow)
Love this app so much