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Best apps...for stranded travelers

These apps provide information about airports, restaurants, banks, hospitals, local tourist sites, and, if you are abroad, an overview of local customs.

GateGuru helps those waiting for flights by providing information on airport food and retail outlets. (Free; iOS and Android)

Poynt can show you around a town you don’t know. This handy app pinpoints your location and then finds nearby retailers and restaurants. (Free; all smartphones)

AroundMe is similar to Poynt, except without user reviews. It lists nearby shops, restaurants, banks, hospitals, hotels, and gas stations. (Free; iOS and Android)

HearPlanet can provide an audio tour of local tourist sights. It provides text and audio files about landmarks while you pass by on foot or by cab. ($4 for iOS, $3 for Android)

World Customs & Cultures offers overseas travelers “a quick briefing on local mores.” Subjects covered include greetings, common gestures, laws, taboos, and notions of personal space. (Free; iOS only)

Source: The New York Times

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