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Lonely Planet: Make My Day

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Who has time to read an entire guidebook? This app can help quickly plan your day.

» Available: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iOS8 or later, and Android

» Cost: Free, with limited content for six cities; additional content is $2.99 per city or $4.99 for all cities.

» What it does: It’s a super-simple app that lets you create your own “Morning, Afternoon and Evening” itinerary for London, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo and Barcelona, Spain.

» What’s hot: The Make My Day app, a companion to new Lonely Planet guidebooks of the same name, provides a powerful quick hit or “best of” what to do in the world’s great cities. Each individual attraction, such as Les Catacombs or the Eiffel Tower, has a description, website info, hours, admission fee, a map and a recommended place to eat nearby. The relatively short list of choices is key for someone seeing the city for the first time on a brief visit.

» What’s not: Though I wanted to see Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries in the morning, it was only available as an afternoon option. More flexibility would be great. Also, be careful: One swipe of the page upward and the day you’ve crafted is gone. Better yet: Save the day and send it to yourself for safekeeping.

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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