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Web Buzz: Travel by Handstand app

Vacation planning gets a visually dynamic twist with the Travel by Handstand app for iPad.

November 27, 2011

Plan your next vacation as if you were designing a feature story in a glossy travel magazine.

Name: Travel by Handstand

Available for: iPad

What it does: The app highlights travel destinations with original content, photos, advice and curated news features from around the Web.

Cost: Free.

What's hot: I love the drag-and-drop layout for customizing your journey. Go to "hst journeys," create a new journey, then insert maps, notes and photos. You can even use it as a wish list with maps, photos and to-dos for a longer trip — not just one destination. Don't miss "Points of Interest," which not only directs you, on a map, to must-see places, but also integrates insider tips.

What's not: You can access some parts of the site offline, but if you want to dig into its "Must Read" section within a destination, you'll have to be online to link to the full feature.

Worth it: Nothing beats free. But make sure you bookmark this app as one to watch. It's thin with just Luxor, Egypt, as its first destination, but Handstand will be adding more destinations, with Palm Springs and Naoshima, Japan, up next.

— Jen Leo

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