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Free: 13 Lonely Planet travel-guide apps

Good news for stranded travelers--or anyone willing to risk a European vacation in the future. Normally $9.99 apiece, these apps are free until tomorrow.

To help stranded travelers, Lonely Planet is offering European iPhone guides like this one free of charge.
Lonely Planet

Is it just me, or does the planet seem really angry these days? Earthquakes galore, tsunamis, and now this ash-spewing volcano! We're doomed, I tell ya. Doomed!

Anyway, pity the poor traveler who's stuck in Europe until flights can resume. As we reported Tuesday, to help make those folks' lives a tiny bit easier, travel-guide publisher Lonely Planet is offering 13 European iPhone guides free of charge.

That's pretty generous, as they normally sell for $9.99 apiece. And, psst, you didn't hear this from me, but you don't actually have to be stranded in Europe to get the apps. You just have to download them before tomorrow, April 22, which is when the offer ends.

The available freebie cities are as follows:

By the way, apparently there was some confusion about whether the apps would continue to be free after the giveaway ended, but Lonely Planet has clarified that once you download them, they're yours to keep. You won't be charged anything in the future.

My question for all of you: Would you still plan a European vacation knowing that some crazy, unpronounceable volcano might leave you stranded there for days or even weeks? Gives me a little pause, to be sure, but I can think of worse places to be stranded. Ah, Paris...