While not a travel app per se, the WebMD app offers a lot of health information at your finger tips – like its Symptom Checker, which lets you look up whatever symptoms you're experiencing and learn about possible causes. If you're travelling in the U.S., it can look up the nearest clinic or hospital and give you directions.

Another boon for travellers is the First Aid Essentials which offers a handy guide for everything from bee stings to broken bones.  Best of all, you don't need an Internet connection for this feature – it's available offline.

Requirements: This app is only available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (with iOS 3.0 or later) and Android. However, the iPhone app is the only one to include the newest feature which lets you store information about your conditions and medications.

Cost: Free.

1000 Places to See Before You Die
Not sure where to go in the first place? Like the book of the same name, the 1000 Places app is part eye-candy and part inspiration -- all with an interactive twist. Veteran travel journalist Patricia Schultz takes you on a tour of world wonders -- searchable by region and interests, of course. (Think Sacred Places, Beaches, Idyllic Towns and more.) Beware: you'll need a tablet-sized screen, sufficient memory on your device and plenty of free time to get lost in the beautiful photos.

And here's the interactive part: users can tag places they've been and places they want to go, and compare their adventures with friends and family. You can also upload your own photos and tips -- rather like a travel journal -- and trade with other users in the 1000 Places community.

Requirements: So far, this app is only available for the iPad.

Cost: Did we mention it's free?

If you like what you see, other travel titles are available as apps as well, like Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences ($5) and Rough Guides' World Lens (free).

Of course, this list is a very small selection of the tens of thousands of travel apps available for various devices. You can find apps for tourist boards, attractions (like the Louvre), events (like the Shaw Festive) and natural sites (like National Parks), for instance. Whether you want to find a restaurant, book a ticket or hike a trail, chances are "there's an app for that."

Sources and inspiration: Business Wire, CNNGo.com, MacLife Pro, National Geographic Adventure, PC World

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