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It is that time of the year again: Adventure Hacking's best travel apps for the iPhone. This is the fourth year of this list and this year's entries really go the extra mile.

From curated, downloadable itineraries to trip organizers, 2017 will be a banner year for technology and travel. And, for penny pinchers out there, all of these apps are free, which means more money for hotels and flights.

Google Trips

Google made a name for itself in the travel space with their flight function and it seems their latest release is no different. When it debuted, hackers all over the world were excited.

If you have a Gmail account, it automatically uses your email to populate reservations, which for privacy pragmatists might not be ideal. (Other trip organizer apps like Tripcase require you to forward reservations to an email address.) But if ease on the road is your thing, and you have a Gmail account, Google Trips might be for you.

I was impressed with the variety of suggestions it offered for less touristic places like Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic or Cabo Polonio in Uruguay. For bigger destinations like Dubai or London, the application offers day tours like “City Souks” or “Literary London,” which you can download in a WiFi spot and then access later on without data.

However, one caveat: when searching for things to do in Lebanon, it populated the results with activities in Syria and Israel, two countries that are impossible to visit from Beirut at the moment, due to ongoing geopolitical issues. While a quick search, conversation with a local or guidebook would let you know that, it is something to take into consideration when using an algorithm for travel advice.

Cost: free.

Tinder

It might not be the most conventional way to meet people in a new city, but many use dating apps like Tinder to make connections while on the road. For business travelers and solo adventurers, setting up a date in the convenience of your hotel room might seem less intimidating than going to a bar or restaurant to meet folks.

If the idea of meeting up with a stranger in a new locale is scary, it can also be a great tool to get a feeling for a place. On a recent trip to the Bahamas, Tinder was populated with players competing in a poker championship. In their profiles, users mentioned how long they would be in Nassau and what they were looking for.

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