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Tools for troubled tourists  by Saperle

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Saperle says: When I travel to a new city, I always bring a map, but I also always seem to have overlooked something else: I forget my shampoo, or don't bring enough cash, or just run low on caffeine. Here are five apps that'll help tourists who're lacking something besides a sense of direction.
Saperle's picks
  1. Coffee Finder
    Coffee Finder I can always use a good cup of coffee... but I can't always find one. This app not only shows you where the nearest ten Starbucks shops are; it also tells you when each location opens and closes. Plus, you can filter your search to bring up only locations that offer certain extras, like drive-throughs or twenty-four-hour service.
  2. Rain Alarm
    Rain Alarm This rain alarm app does just what it says: alerts you to imminent rain or other precipitation. You also get a visual of the storm system and its movement. Really helpful if you don't want your day out on the town to be a wash.
  3. MasterCard ATM Hunter
    MasterCard ATM Hunter I never, ever have enough cash on me, and often find myself just wandering up to any old ATM and getting hit with withdrawal surcharges. This ATM-finder app can be a lifesaver, especially because it allows you to search for your own bank's ATMs.
  4. Store Finder
    Store Finder Confession: I've been known to forget to pack necessities like toothpaste when I'm traveling. I use this app most often to find places like Walgreens and CVS--drugstores have everything!--but it can also direct you to a range of other stores, from Banana Republic to Big Lots and Target to McDonalds.
  5. ZAGAT for Android
    ZAGAT for Android Discovering restaurants is one of my favorite parts of exploring a new city, and Zagat is a pretty reliable indicator of quality meals and cheap eats. This app is just like carrying the guidebook around with you everywhere; you have access to all the Zagat ratings, themed Best Of lists, and diner reviews you could ask for, plus GPS directions.
Discussion

GirlGoneGeek

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Oooh, I should add that Store Finder app to the list I did about apps for moving. I bet it's great when you're settling into a new neighborhood too.

Associated Apps:  Store Finder

Reply to comment Posted March 08, 2011