11 ways smartphones are changing how people travel

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    Will hassle-free travel ever become a reality?

    Getting from point A to point B can be a tricky business sometimes, especially when the journey involves flights and hotel stays. Navigating unfamiliar airports, searching for taxis and waiting in line can add up to exhausting days for travelers.

    That didn't change much when smartphones were first introduced. But as mobile technology improved and more people began using them, big hotel chains and air carriers began to see new opportunities.

    Now, there are smartphone apps for just about every aspect of travel. Many of them aim for the same goals: To reduce the time you wait and the number of people you talk to. Some even try to make traveling fun. Yeah, it's a new concept. They're working on it.

    Read on for 11 ways smartphones are changing the way people travel.

  • Kim Peterson

    Kim Peterson is a financial journalist covering business and the economy. She has written for several online and print publications, including MSN Money and The Seattle Times.