5 Apple iPhone Apps for Holiday Escapes

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Skype WiFi is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

XE Currency

The XE Currency app, which offers a conversion tool for every world currency based on live currency rates, is a must for spending abroad.

The app caters to a wide range of interests, offering over 30,000 currency charts for historic rates, as well as a straightforward calculator tool for converting prices. It also stores the last updated exchange rates, so users don't have to be connected to the Internet to view conversion.

Users can adjust the currency symbols included in the comparison and pin the base currency to the top of the list. To reset the list, users simply shake their mobile Apple product.

This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5.

Gone are the days of being stranded on an unfamiliar street corner in the rain - Uber allows users to order a private town car with a few clicks. Register with the app by creating a profile, inputting credit card details and selecting a pick-up location. Within minutes, a professional driver will arrive curbside.

This user-friendly app sends a text to the passenger with the car's estimated arrival time and another when the car arrives. Passengers can also review a headshot and ratings of the driver.

The service is reliable and particularly useful in cities or neighborhoods where cabs are hard to flag down on the street, but it's costly - a 40% to 100% premium on what customers normally pay for a taxi. At the final destination, passengers receive a receipt of the charge to their credit card via email.

This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5.

Airports by TravelNerd

Airports by TravelNerd helps alleviate the stress of navigating airports.

Users can select from 50 airports worldwide, to view 200 detailed terminal maps, Wi-Fi availability and pricing, airport restaurant, shop and lounge hours and locations, airport parking options (self-park, valet, 24-hour and covered), prices and locations, nursery locations and directions, as well as ground transportation options to popular destinations in the local area.

But the app's benefits don't stop there. Its taxi-sharing feature helps users coordinate rides with other passengers to save money.

This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4. or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5.

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--Written by Nathalie Pierrepont in Palo Alto

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