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Some places to visit online

A growing number of websites and mobile apps aim to help travelers find advice -- and sometimes accommodations -- from people in their social networks. Here are some:

*EveryTrail: User-generated travel tips, photos and interactive maps. Based in Palo Alto, Calif.

* Forums "by expats, for expats" offer tips like "How to register a marriage in Saudi Arabia." Based in France.

* Social booking site for hostels, beds and couches. Based in New York.

*Matador Network: Showcases original travel writing and photography and a social network for travelers worldwide. Based in San Francisco.

*On The Road: Free online blogging tools to let the traveling community connect and share tips. Based in Prague.

*Rambler: "Worldwide scavenger hunt" helps travelers find fun things to do around the world and earn points by completing "quests." Based in Chicago.

*TravBuddy: Forum for meeting fellow travelers and sharing advice.

*TripIt: Turns confirmation emails for flights, hotels and rental cars into mobile travel itineraries that can be shared with friends. Based in San Francisco.

*TravelMob: Airbnb-type social marketplace connects hosts with apartments or rooms to rent with travelers in eight Asian countries. Based in Singapore.

*Tripping: Global community connects travelers to offer travel tips, meet-ups and homestays in more than 175 countries. Based in San Francisco.

*TripWolf: Combines guidebook information with user-generated travel tips on more than 50,000 destinations. Based in Austria.