travel

November 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The contractor that facilitates enrollment in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program developed an enrollment option to let employees of participating organizations sign up at their offices, saving them the trip to an airport or off-site enrollment center.

December 11, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to travel this holiday season? You're probably already anticipating the long lines, stressful crowds and extra expenses along the way. But the free Airports by TravelNerd app for the iPhone could help you navigate your trip more smoothly.

The free app, launched this month, aims to make your travel experience seamless and more enjoyable. It includes everything from detailed airport maps to information on ground transportation and parking.

January 31, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Get a new perspective on the world with the Layar app for iPhone and Android that displays real-time information over top of the image on your phone's camera. The free app uses your GPS location and augmented reality technology to discover information about the world around you and present it in "layers" on your smartphone. Choose from a catalog of more than 3,000 layers and experience the world in a new way. For example, if you're traveling to a country on business and looking for a restaurant, open the "Eat" layer and point the phone camera at the street in front of you. Various restaurant names and locations will pop up over the image. You can even see reviews in another layer.

January 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare for your next business trip with the click of a button. The Yelp app transforms your smartphone into a mobile tour guide by helping you locate the best places to visit. The free program lets you search for nearby businesses, and it includes quick links to find nearby bars, restaurants, gas stations and more. Browse reviews and find the best spots in your city. In addition, the app includes deals offered by local businesses. Use the program to enhance your knowledge of the neighborhood surrounding your next event. Get a sneak peak at San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter before the AFCEA/U.S.

December 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to leave town for a holiday trip? Make sure you have everything you need with the Packing (+TO DO!) app for the iPhone or iPad. The program, developed by QuinnScape, allows you to create unlimited, customizable packing lists. You can edit your lists at any time and discover new ideas and suggestions for packing, including sample lists. Then simply go through and check off items as you go. In addition, you can estimate the total weight of your items to save any potential hassle at the airport and email your lists to family and friends. You also can import and export packing lists between devices (from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.).

August 23, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Know before you go: this free iPhone app from the U.S. State Department gives travelers easy access to official country information across the globe. Access travel alerts and warnings, maps, embassy locations and more in the click of a button. The Smart Traveler app allows you to create personal itineraries, add notes and organize your trips. It makes safety priority one for people headed overseas by including alerts and warnings; safety and security procedures; information on recent crimes; crime penalties; and entry and exit requirements.

May 31, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Make the most of your layover with the free GateGuru app for frequent travelers. Forget endlessly searching through airports for a good cup of coffee or a clean restroom-the GateGuru app for iPhone and iPad makes it all manageable. Developed by Mobility Apps LLC, the app contains searchable directories for more than 120 airports in the United States and abroad. It can help you find an ATM, a coffee shop and the best place to eat when you're stuck between flights. The app allows you to view travel itineraries; view and post security wait times; and see a list of airport food, shops and services. Select locations include more than 20,000 reviews, tips and pictures from fellow travelers.