Smartphones, iPads, and other smart technological devices are ubiquitous these days and are often part of our travel arsenal. Dining

These apps may be just what you need to help you plan your trip and if you have Internet access when you travel, to help guide your way. To find a quick and easy app-lication for navigating this page, use the Search box on the home page. Well, you could always download this on your Android or iPad and cozy up in chair for some great reading. Other categories are on separate posts. If there are any broken links here, go to the source page here. Other categories are in separate posts.

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Dining:

If there is a dining in the US only app, look toward the US section to find it. Those apps that cover outside of North America will be here. 

Dinner roulette: Your parents may have said "Don't play with your food", but you can play with finding a restaurant. The Urbanspoon app is like a slot machine when it makes recommendations for a restaurant search. Options are shown like a slot-machine with the information including the neighborhood, cuisine, and price. A shake of the device will provide more listings or a click will show critics' reviews. Some menus are provided. Available for the US, parts of Canada, the UK, and Australia. Free. Download it: Android, iPhone/iPad.

Reservations Please: Don’t wait mobile minutes or your valuable time when hunger strikes. OpenTable will search more than 15,000 restaurants in Canada, the U.K., Mexico, and the U.S. using criteria such as the number of diners, your desired dining time, and then sort by cuisine, price range, and neighborhood. Tap five times and you are all set with reservation. Free. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

One million bottle of wine on the wall: Oh, wrong type of bottles. Well anyway, the Cor.kz  app includes information on over 1 million bottles of wine from Chile to Cali creating a pocket sommelier. Never let a wine list puzzle you again. Using your phone, search by region or varietal, with an extensive glossary. You can even scan a bottle's bar code with your smartphone to call up expert ratings and tasting notes. $4. Download it: Android, iPhone/iPad .

Menus Lost in Translation: Ordering from a foreign menu can be quite surprising when you think you know what a word means. I ordered a tuna pizza by accident once and that will never happen again. On The Menu app includes a database of more than 1,400 terms from all over the world to guide you in making wise dinner choices without the shock element once the meal arrives. $2. Download it: iPhone/iPad.

Eating Local: When you want to eat where the locals eat and not some hyped place that only attracts tourists, in a city you are not familiar with, check out the opinionated user reviews on Yelp's app. Using the GPS-mapping location as a guide, the app displays the highest-rated places near you, as determined by the people who are in the know. Searches are available the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland by price, neighborhood, or the handy "what's open now." Free. Download it: Android, Blackberry, iPhone/iPad.

Zagat Reviews: Chances are almost everyone is familiar with the world famous Zagat's city guides for food. The equally impressive Zagat To Go app combines more than 40,000 reviews across 100-plus cities worldwide. Included in the app are useful accessories like GPS-enabled searching, concierge-style recommendations, and an instant online reservation tool. New reviews are added and updated weekly, making that onetime $10 price tag easier to swallow. Download it: Android $10, BlackBerry $20, iPhone/iPad $10.

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