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

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.

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These are assorted travel apps that really don't fit other categories. Other categories are in separate posts. All info was gathered from published sources and collated.

Fitting in With the Local Crowd: Don’t stand out like the ugly tourist, use some visual aids with the Howcast's user-generated video tutorials. With video tips from taxi hailing in New York City to the proper way of eating soba in Japan to nude-beach etiquette. Although they are videos, they are short clips, which load quickly. Free. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

The Best Laid Plans: Have time on your hands or your plans fell through? Try the Goby app, which currently is only available for US locations, but they have plans to expand. The app searches events and activities near you including music, shows, outings, and outdoorsy adventures. It then plots them on a map with details and photos. Keep checking their site for expansion. Free. Download it: Android, iPhone/iPad.

When You Really Gotta "GO":  Not all of the places we relied on are letting us use the facilities any longer Fortunately all of those that are can be found mapped on the SitOrSquat app. More than 99,000 restrooms are pinpointed (concentrated in larger cities in the U.S. and Europe), with details like hours, changing-table availability, and, of course, a "sit" or "squat" recommendation. Free. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

Careful, I am backing up. The Astro File Manager 2.4.2 app allows you to back up all of your apps on your SD card. You can’t run them from there, but you can swap out apps you are not using. It lets you browse your phone’s file system and move files with ease. It also shows you what apps and processes are running and how much memory and CPU power each process is using. It is basically a great app because it helps keep your phone running smoothly. After all of that collecting of apps, it would be a shame to lose them. Free. Download it. Android

Sorry app, I need to kill you. When you just need to kill off a task that is not running properly, the Advanced Task Killer Free 1.9.5 comes to your aid. This is probably the most downloaded app in the Android network. In fact, cell phone providers usually recommend this app during purchase. After hours of Android multitasking you might notice that your phone has become sluggish and the battery is draining fast. Advanced Task Killer can free up valuable memory and plenty of processor power. This apps interface is more user-friendly than its competitor, TasKiller, and it focuses on killing lagging apps rather than essential Droid services. This is a must have for all Droid users. Note: 1.9.5 is the latest version. Free. Download it. Android

What to do and what to do next? The Astrid 2.14.3 is not specifically a travel app, but I can see travel applications for it. You have a list of things you want to see and do in a day or the entire trip. Organize them here and have them at a glance as the day progress. Never return to your room and say "Oh, we forgot all about...". At the moment, the Astrid 2.14.3 is probably the best Droid to-do-list app available. It offers both simple and complex solutions to your organizational needs. You can start small with a generic list of tasks to complete and add more complexity by tagging tasks, setting priorities, and assigning dates with multiple levels of reminders. Astrid is also compatible with Remember The Milk , which is an online to-do-list that can send your tasks to Google Calendar, Twitter, Gmail, or your desktop. Free. Download it: Android

Let’s do the Bump!  Bump™ makes sharing with people who also have Bump installed, as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send and it can be photos, apps, or contacts, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with the other Bump user.  After thrill of the bump is over, you are able to keep sending messages anytime, anywhere, complete with instant notifications. It's like free texting!  Bump works between platforms to so there is no problem to Bump between Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Stop and take notice of life with the mindfulness bells. When we first left the US, I had a mission to be mindful of the moment and turn off future thinking. The moment was all that counted. It would have been easier with The Mindfulness Bells. This app rings periodically during the day, to give you the opportunity to hold on for a moment and consider what you are currently doing, and in what state of mind you are while you are doing it. According to the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, this is an effective means of developing mindfulness. There are multiple options to create custom settings. Free. Download it. Android.

 Put your goggles to search better. Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to create a visual search of the web. It's ideal for things that aren't easy to describe in words. There's no need to type or speak your query. All you have to do is open the Google Goggles app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results. In addition you are able to scan barcodes, books, movies and music like other apps, but the fun is with landmarks, artwork, and business cards, too. Free. Download it here: Android, iPhone/iPad/Blackberry.

 Head in the clouds? Do you prefer to keep documents in the cloud? GDocs gives you better access to your Google Docs online documents than you'd get by viewing them through a Web browser. GDocs can view your documents online or download the text files for editing (and sync them back when you're done). The app lacks advanced formatting options, but it's a promising start considering that the program is still in beta. Instructions are here.  I have a GDoc account for all of our travel information including airline tickets, hotel reservations and anything I don't acquire online, I scan and upload it to the Docs account. It saves on paper and worry over losing something important while traveling. Free. Download the instructions here; it is still in Beta: Android, iPhone/iPad.

 So What’sApp with you today? WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Yes, it is free to send messages to contacts in other countries, just like it is free to send emails to contacts in other countries. Free. Download it here. Android, iPhone/iPad/Symbian60.

Stay connected! SugarSync's online backup, file sync, and sharing service makes it easy to stay connected. With SugarSync you get secure cloud storage for all your files including documents, music, photos, and videos. Connect with the SugarSync community to learn how others are using SugarSync in their work and personal lives. SugarSync's online backup gives you the power to decide which folders you want to back up on any of your computers. As you work, your files are continuously backed up to your secure, personal SugarSync website. Your data is securely transferred via SSL and is stored using 128-bit AES encryption. Every time you make a change, your work is automatically saved to cloud storage. In fact, SugarSync saves 5 versions of a document so it's easy to revert to an earlier version. With SugarSync, you just "set it and forget it." All your data will be there when you need it. Hint: if you use Picasa, SugarSync can send your phone photos immediately to your web album automatically. Free. Download it here. Android, iPhone/iPad.

Remembering where in the world I was. Using the Trip Journal app it allows you to track your exact travel route by continuously recording your GPS coordinates, together with any photos you take along the way. This great travel companion also lets you add place marks and notes to your route, and gathers statistics on the distance you covered. The user interface on Trip Journal is very sleek and easy to use. Once you're back home, you can export your routes in Google Earth format to share with family and friends, and upload your photos to Facebook or Picasa. Trip Journal also lets you archive your trips for further reference. If you're not interested in sharing the pictures from within the app, go for the free lite version of Travel Journal. Free. Download it. Android. Premium version $2.90.

Foursquare is not only that church on the corner. This little program helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards. While on the go with Foursquare, you can easily tell friends where you are, share pictures, get their comments ("I'm right around the corner, I'll stop by to say hello"), and get insider tips ("order the Lobster Ravioli; it's the best dish by far."). Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to foursquare users, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love. Foursquare is now available in French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese and covers 200 countries. Free. Download it Android, iPhone/iPad/Blackberry.

Create the mood for sleeping! Lightning Bug has been a top app in the Android Market’s Health category! Check it out to see why! Find sleep and relaxation easier with Lightning Bug, a simple, but powerful ambience and white noise mixer for Android powered devices. Lightning Bug contains a growing library of sound loops and samples ranging from the natural peace of rain storms and ocean waves, to pure white noise, city trains, meditation bells, acoustic and electronic instruments, and down-tempo break beats. Lightning Bug doesn’t just play simple, repetitious audio loops. Lightning Bug uses a customizable engine to play harmonized sound samples in random patterns. You never have to hear the same thing twice! Lightning Bug also includes many soothing backgrounds and sound visualizations. It even has a stylish, customizable digital clock with alarm, a great replacement for your bedside alarm clock! Download: Android

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