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As we all eagerly await the release of the iPhone 5, it’s hard not to daydream about the different ways you could use your shiny new toy. Obviously, at Travel Channel, we like to daydream about how this shiny new toy will help us travel lighter, easier and better.

Of course, all iPhones, new and old, make the life of a jetsetter that much better. But whether you’re booking a big trip or wanderlusting in your cubicle, here are a few apps that will make it a little easier to realize your globetrotting dreams:

Want to travel like Tony? The Layover app gives you Anthony Bourdain’s do’s and don’ts in cities from San Francisco to Singapore. Build your own Bourdain-inspired itinerary, including all of Tony’s must-try restaurants.

With the WT360 app, check the weather for anywhere in the world up to a year in advance. Along with current weather information, detailed global 15-day forecasts with animated maps and hour-by-hour 7-day forecasts — there’s no way your next trip can get rained out! And with 80% accuracy, rest assured that the app is worth checking before you make any travel plans.

Ever feel lost when you land in an airport as large as a small city? Sure, you have time to kill with an hour layover, but what good is that when you waste 40 minutes searching for a decent meal? Enter GateGuru — a guide to more than 115 airports that will make your next layover much more time-efficient.

When you happen to be in DC, Philly or NYC, and on the hunt for a good meal, the City Eats app by Food Network lets you make reservations on the spot in one of the cities’ top restaurants. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? With its serious collection of food porn highlighting the best dishes at each restaurant, you’ll have no trouble figuring it out.

Going on an app-downloading frenzy? (We don’t blame you.) Check out our top app picks for utility, weather and flight info, navigation and entertainment!


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