Lonely Planet releases free travel app for mobile devices

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Lonely Planet has released mobile versions of its travel guides which have been bundled in a new app.

Created in response to the shift away from books and the increasing dependence on mobile devices, Guides features offline maps, bookmarking, filtered search options, recommendations from travel experts and a "near-me" functionality that shows users nearby attractions.

The app includes about a thousand points of interest as well as recommendations on places to eat, drink and sleep.

Guides has been launched in 38 cities including London, New York, Paris, Rome, and Rio de Janeiro, with plans to add more destinations.

The app can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices.

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