Cell Phone Apps for Travel

Traveling with a smartphone is all about having the right travel applications. The right cell phone apps can make getting there and being there a little bit easier! Here is a list of some of the most popular cell phone apps that travelers rely on worldwide. First, before you go, the most important thing you need to do is understand your phone’s data plan.  Chances are your phone will work as you walk around Italy or Japan, but you need to know what it will cost you. Don’t be hit with a financial shock wave when you return home. Before you download any cell phone app, including any of the ones listed here – know that almost all app developers make you give up some privacy when you download an app.  If you have never taken a look at an app’s rules and conditions prior to downloading do this time, you may be amazed at what you find. The following is a listing of the most common smart phone travel applications broken  down by subject: Packing Packing Pro: Even the most experienced traveler sometimes forgets a mobile phone charger or a hair dryer. Packing Pro asks you to set up a few lists of must-dos and must-haves for the various types of trips you take. The next time you go somewhere, just check off each task, from stopping newspaper delivery to packing your prescriptions, as you prepare to leave. If you’re not in the mood to customize your chore list, an assortment of templates are tailored to women or men, kids or no kids (and how many), where you’re going, and for how long. Packpoint:  This is an easy to use packing list app that is for both business or leisure use.  What makes it unique among other items is that this one helps you organize what you need to pack in your luggage and suitcase based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Obviously its main focus...

Airport Maps

Know before your go!  Before you confirm that connecting flight make sure you leave yourself enough t time to make to your next departure.  How far is the  connecting gate, some airports have trains and trams you need to board to get to another terminal, and they can be time consuming.  If you’re traveling with children leave yourself additional time, and knowing that a bathroom or restaurant will be near can be reassuring too. If you’re traveling internationally, knowing what awaits you in the airport is even more important! Check-out these links regarding airports. Where is my gate at the airport? How far is gate S-76 for D-22? Airport Terminal Maps Airport Maps with a listing of airport amenities Airport...

Travel Info

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Global Government Websites, Know Before You Go

The following is a list of travel websites that provide specific country information  for travelers. Global Government Websites Swiss Travel Advisories http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home.html Japan Ministry of foreign Affairs – http://www.mofa.go.jp/ United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office – www.fco.gov.uk Australian Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Consular Travel Advice – www.dfat.gov.au Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – http://canada.ca/en/index.html Canadian Advisory Reports Direct connect to travel warnings as updated by the Canadian Government. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade – www.mft.govt.nz France Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.france.diplomatie.fr Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN Germany Department of Foreign Affairs – http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Startseite_node.html Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development and Cooperation – http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/ International Policy Institute for Counter-terrorism – www.ict.org/il British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Direct connect to travel warnings as updated by the British Government. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade United States Government Websites U.S. Overseas Advisory Council – https://www.osac.gov/ United States Department of State – www.travel.state.gov US Department of State “Smart Traveler” Phone Applications for iPhone and Android Phones http://apps.usa.gov/smart-traveler.shtml US State Department Website  Provides a wealth of information ranging from US Embassy locations to worldwide travel warnings. SafeTravel.dot.gov  Another resource offered by the U.S. Government which keeps visitors updated on the latest travel regulations for domestic and international travel. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) TSA guidelines to help passengers through airport security with list of prohibited items. CIA World Fact Book Provides summaries on countries worldwide with respect to governments, economic conditions and other general demographic type information. The site also includes maps of each country listed. National Infrastructure Protection Center The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) serves as a national critical infrastructure threat assessment, warning, vulnerability, and law enforcement investigation and response entity. The NIPC provides timely warnings of international threats, comprehensive analysis and law enforcement investigation and response. Department of Justice Cybercrime Website Provides information surrounding cyber crime issues, including how to report such activities and recent case studies. Identity Theft Information The Federal Trade Commission thorough the US Department of Consumer Affairs website providing information surrounding the real threat of identity theft, including tips on how to prevent and what if identity theft has happened to you. US Secret Service Threat Center The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) was created to provide leadership and guidance to the emerging field of threat...