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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. www.everytrail.com

*Expat-blog.com: Forums "by expats, for expats" offer tips like "How to register a marriage in Saudi Arabia." Based in France. www.expat-blog.com

*Inbed.me: Social booking site for hostels, beds and couches. Based in New York. http://inbed.me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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