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Web Buzz: Trip planning with mTrip Travel Guides

This smart-phone app helps you plan your next vacation, from building an itinerary to sending a postcard.

January 16, 2011

Editor's note: Web Buzz will now also focus on apps for smart phones.

Name: mTrip Travel Guides, http://www.mtrip.com

Available for: iPhone, Android

What it does: You get detailed trip planning and travel guide information for more than 20 cities across Europe, Asia and the U.S. from content partner Falk CIS, a European travel guide publisher. You can build an itinerary; get hotel, restaurant or activity suggestions; use offline maps; send postcards, and more.

Cost: $5.99

What's hot: The automated itinerary planner, called mTrip Genius, is a fun way to get started with this app's many features. Just tell it when you will be traveling, the types of attractions you want to visit, and the pace at which you'd like to go, and it will generate an itinerary for you. The map will give you directions between stops, whether you're walking or taking the subway.

What's not: Be ready to spend a fair amount of time if you manually craft your ideal trip itinerary. I recommend using this app before your trip so you can keep your head in real-time travel experiences. Note that geo-localization is not available on the iPod Touch.

Worth it? Yes, if you want to geek out on trip planning and get travel activity options for cities that you don't know well. No, if you're just buying it to send a postcard or if you already know a city well.

— Jen Leo

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