On The Go? 5 Travel Apps

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No matter where your travels take you, new mobile apps can lighten the load and add to the fun.

Here are five to consider:

Postcards On The Run.

Perhaps not all your friends and relatives are Facebook-friendly or even have a computer to open your carefully crafted digital photos. Now you can share your family travels with the folks at home, using this handy free app that allows you to send hard copy, custom photos, with a message from the gang. Your thoughtful postcard will land in their old-school mailbox before you know it. Download the app for free and use a credit card or PayPal for the postcard and mailing. Contact: www.PostcardOnTheRun.com.

Translation.

Who wants to be at a loss for the right words when traveling internationally? Especially with the kids in tow. Even though you’ll likely brush up on your vocabulary before departure, you’ll be able to use this free app to get clarity in 63 languages. Type or speak the words and the app will speak the translation back to you. Available on Android and Apple.

Contact: https://play.google.com/store/apps/; https://play.google.com/store/search?q=translator&c=apps

KIDzOUT.

Families on the go can access user-rated intel regarding diaper changing stations, kid-friendly restaurants, plus parks and play places. Tips regarding medical facilities including pharmacies and urgent care locations are also available. The developers have tapped into the wisdom of parents across the country to create the database of more than 260,000 locations across the country. Available free for Android and iPhone. Contact: www.Kidzout.com.

Skype.

Stay connected with family and friends by using this free mobile app. You’ll need to access a stable Wi-Fi connection for the best experience. Then dial in for a free voice and video chat with those who couldn’t make the trip. Kids will vie for screen time to share stories about your adventures on the road, keeping loved ones in the loop. Free for Android, iPhones, iPads and Kindle Fire.

Contact: www.Skype.com.

Urbanspoon and Chef’s Feed.

Few things are more frustrating than trying to find a quality restaurant in unfamiliar territory. Add hungry kids to the mix and the situation gets more complicated. These two apps will satisfy the needs of the junior set as well as the sometimes more discriminating palates of parents and other adults in the group. Urbanspoon enables travelers to sort through options based on proximity, price and food type. Go one step further and access recommendations from top chefs who share their picks for restaurants and tasty dishes across the country.

Contact: www.Urbanspoon.com; www.ChefsFeed.com

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