Before your next trip, check out 10 of the best travel-minded mobile applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

Your BlackBerry is more than just a business tool, and a way of keeping in touch. Its an ideal travel companion too.

Gone are the days of packing multiple books and magazines into cramped seat-back pockets on airplanes; bye-bye piles of awkwardly folded road-maps lining your car's back-seat; forget compact disc and clunky CD players.

Your BlackBerry is all these things and more squeezed into one sleek little - if mildly addictive - package.

Since the introduction of BlackBerry App World, Research In Motion's (RIM) mobile application store, a flood of BlackBerry software has saturated the web in every category imaginable, including the travel space.

Today, the challenge for BlackBerry users is no longer simply finding apps for your smartphone, but determining which ones are worth the space in your BlackBerry's application memory.

That's where I come in. The following 10 downloads are the crème of the travel-app-crop; why mess with the rest?

Cortado flight mode for BlackBerry

RIM's BlackBerry OS 'condenses' email messages to reduce strain on wireless networks and speed up delivery. That's all fine and good.

But there's nothing more frustrating than trying to read an important email in-flight only to find it was cut off mid-message.

Cortado's Flight Mode app for BlackBerry downloads all additional content needed to view 'truncated' or shortened BlackBerry email before you turn off your device for flight.

Simply activate Flight Mode before your flight takes off, and the app downloads additional content, turns off wireless connections and powers down your BlackBerry.

Turn it back on when the pilot gives the okay, and you're good to go.

Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry

If your trip includes a long plane, car or bus ride, plus a couple of layovers, you're probably going to need a good book or two... or five.

Amazon's Kindle for BlackBerry app lets you tote your Kindle library inside your smartphone.

You don't need an actual Kindle to use it; you can purchase additional books directly from the app, wherever you have wireless connectivity - sorry no Kindle magazines, newspapers or blogs. Best of all: it's free.

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