Travel apps good for planning, convenience

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- From hotel to public restroom finders, apps make traveling in an unfamiliar place easier. Social Media Producer Kacie Yearout reviewed smart phone applications Thursday.

"Sit or Squat" has a list of public or semi-public restrooms around the world. It lists the restrooms by list of map, and people can even leave reviews.

For surfers or boogie boarders, "Surf Report" gives the surf height, high and low tide info, and forecast for beaches around the world.

For sneak peaks around Florida beaches, "Florida Beach Cams" curates cameras at pools and beaches around the state. Yearout isn't sure how often the cameras are updated, but she said it can be a nice way to pretend it's nice outside.

For tropical destination outside of the United States, "Learn Spanish" has the basics of the language, including greetings and transportation. 
Yearout said free version is fine, paying for the pro version isn't necesary for a vacation. The app also features audio for correct pronunciation.

"Jetsetter" that features luxury accodmodations around the world, sometimes on sale. The Jetsetter workers review the properties in "what we love" and "what to know" sections as well as details on the look and bed and bath.

After all the reservations, Tripit takes all the confirmation emails and organizes it in an itinerary. Yearout has used it before and found it very helpful to stay organized during stressful travel.

For planning activities at the destination, Yearout found two very different apps, both offering good features. "Viator" curates excursions and tours in locations all over the world. They include musuems and snokeling expeditions, often including food or drink. Yearout liked the Forums section on "TripAdvisor."  She said that it can help people plan activities and allows users to ask questions. It is easy to find what other people did and what worked.

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