In Pictures: 10 essential Windows 8 travel apps

You're in good hands with Windows 8

The fledgling Windows Store's comparatively barren shelves may send seasoned travelers searching for salvation among Google's and Apple's more robust app offerings, but wanderers with less hard-core needs can still cobble together a fairly effective travel kit for their Windows 8 devices. Whether you're taking a much-needed vacation to warmer climes or a dreaded trek to the in-laws' house, the useful apps highlighted here can cover all your travel needs, from deals to wheels to digital photography reels -- no baggage check-in required.

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