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Are mobile devices now travel essentials?

TripAdvisor, "the world's largest travel site," just released a survey about travelers' use of mobile devices, and, to nobody's surprise, mobile devices -- primarily "smart" phones -- have quickly established an extremely important place in the overall scheme of travel. The survey covered 1,000 respondents in the United States who have mobile devices, and found that although the most frequent use was to make/receive calls and texts, almost two-thirds of the respondents downloaded and used at least one specialized travel app:

-- While traveling: 62 percent use their mobile device to research restaurants, 51percent check flight status, 46 percent research destination attractions, 45 percent read traveler reviews, 42 percent research or book accommodations, and 34 percent research or book airline flights; in addition, 59 percent use their mobile device's GPS function, and 47 percent have used their devices internationally…