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“Smart Traveler, the official State Department app for U.S. travelers, invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.

With Smart Traveler, you can create personal itineraries, add notes, and organize your trips.
Smart Traveler also provides access to the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Free STEP enrollment enables the State Department to better assist you in emergencies such as natural disasters, unrest in foreign countries, or lost/stolen passports overseas. During your travels, STEP can help family and friends reach you in an emergency.”

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A FREE version of the most popular travel app of all time. We completely rethought and redesigned the UI, and it’s gorgeous. FlightTrack Free delivers flight details, gate numbers, and baggage claim info at a glance. The completely ad free app covers more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines.


Look up the best seats on the planes you are going to be flying on.   Find out which are the good seats, and which ones are less desirable!‚Äč



Create a route traveling by car, foot, bike, or public transportation—all of which can be sent to others via e-mail or text message via your desktop. On the app, you can also zoom in on your directions on either a road map or with a satellite view. Maps show graphic overlays for traffic, and Wikipedia entries of specific locations.

Drawback: On Android phones, the app works best with GPS turned on, which can run down your battery in as little as two hours.


GlobeTipping features a simple and straightforward calculator that allows you to calculate the amount of tips to be given and the final amount. It is also efficient for groups of people sharing the meal.


Locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices.
For every gas price reported, you’ll earn points towards our prize give-away
GasBuddy is a community of users working together to update gas prices


The most comprehensive airport guide offers advice on what to do while you’re waiting, whether you’re looking for dinner, a manicure, or a quick tour of your locale.  It also has parking information, ground delay updates, and hotel listings for nearly 700 airports around the world.  Downloadable maps mean you don’t have to worry about accessing plans while roaming internationally.


If you need to ask, say, for more towels in Turkish or Haitian Creole, just press the app’s on-screen mic button and speak a phrase.  Google Translate will deliver both a text and audio version in one of two dozen different languages (text-only translations are available for 34 more, Afrikaans and Yiddish included).   Translations are surprisingly workable, especially for such basic phrases as “May I have a cup of coffee?”  Best of all?  It’s completely free!

Drawback:  The computer-simulated voices on the apps are generic, especially when compared with the various personalities available from for-pay competitors.






Though only available for English and Spanish translations, this innovative app is kryptonite to foreign-language signs and menus. Hold up your iPhone to any printed item (handwritten notes won’t work) and watch as the text is translated in a flash. A less-than-perfect translation is sometimes delivered, but this app is worth the money if for nothing else than as a quick way to verify exactly what you ordered. Free to download, but $9.99 to purchase a translation pack; for iPhone.













During the Haiti earthquake, aid worker Dan Woolley was trapped beneath the rubble with injuries on his head and leg. Luckily, he had downloaded this app, which guided him step-by-step—with reference images and videos—on how to stop bleeding and how to tie off wounds. From allergic reactions to electrical burns to snake bites, Pocket First Aid gives quick assistance on how to navigate tough medical situations. It also lets you create a personalized medical profile with insurance providers, emergency contacts and medications—you can even add it as a wallpaper so first-responders have easy access to important information. $3.99; for Android and iPhone/iPad.


Restaurant reservations are made easy with this app: Search for eateries by location or name, enter your party size, filter results by price point, cuisine and neighborhood, and reserve a table. You can even leave special requests for the maître d’. Need to cancel? You can do that via the app. Free; for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad and Windows.









First Timers to Las Vegas-

So you’ve never been to Vegas. What’s kept you? Never mind – no use wasting any more time trying to explain. The important thing is that you’re ready for the time of your life, and there’s no better place to celebrate than here.



Contract of Carriers (US Version)-

Do you know how the airlines define a “schedule change” or how much they charge you to bring along your pet? How about your options if you’re denied boarding or the official rules about buckling your seat belt? We’ve scoured 13 airlines’ contracts of carriage, translated the legal jargon into understandable language, and compiled the results into the handy (and thorough). Ultimate Guide to Airline Contracts of Carriage.


Did you know you have certain rights if things go wrong when you’re on a flight in the EU?

This concerns delays, cancellations and overbooking that prevent you from boarding …

… and applies if you are:

A. leaving the EU with any airline, or
B. Arriving in the EU with a carrier registered in the EU (or Iceland, Norway or Switzerland)


AirportZoom for iPad is completely oriented around optimizing the day-of-travel experience for travelers.

The free app provides easy access to essential information:

  • Flight Status
  • Flight On-A-Map Tracking
  • Airport Service and Amenities
  • Emergency TripTalk Messages
  • Interactive Terminal Maps
  • Weather Conditions







Flight information for North American flights and airports.



Don’t stand around studying a subway map like a tourist. Download the MetrO app to your phone and you can get subway directions in more than 400 cities worldwide. And once you’ve downloaded the app, you don’t need to be connected to a network. (Make sure to refresh the app before you leave, as MetrO is updated weekly.) Price: Free, Available on Apple



Over 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide!

Quickly and easily find FREE or paid Wi-Fi when you travel with the JiWire Wi-Fi Finder for iPhone and iPod Touch.











Want to eat at the best spots in town while you’re on vacation? Don’t mess around with online reviews from average Joes. Instead, download the Find. Eat. Drink. app, which sources recommendations from industry insiders—the chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and bakers who work with food and drink for a living. Going to be out of cell-phone range? Download one of the PDF guides for the city you’re traveling to and you’ll get all the info without any of the roaming charges.

Free for Apple





Who better to make an app about airports than a seasoned airline vet? “As an airline captain, I’m all too aware of how frustrating air travel has become,” says Captain Dan Stratman, inventor of the Airport Life app. “I wanted to use my years of experience to make a better travel app that would make travel smoother and easier for everyone.” The app features airport-terminal maps, airline rules and policies, TSA security rules, weather information, airport dining and shopping options, and an “Airport Wall” where passengers can share important airport-specific information with other travelers. Upgrade to the First Class version of this app for $1.99 per month and get automatic flight, rental-car, and hotel information and updates sent to your phone when itinerary changes occur; plus, track your expenses and record where you left your car in the parking lot.

Free for Apple and Android


You may have heard of Hostelworld, but did you know the site also has a helpful app? If you’re traveling on a budget and like to leave a little room for spontaneity, you should download the Hostelworld app before you set off. It lets you search more than 27,000 hostels from your phone and see reviews, photos, availability, and prices for each place.

Free for Apple and Android







  • Search for your nearest attraction using the offline street map and let the apps GPS tracking guide you to it.
  • Offline travel maps (Tube, Subway, Metro etc.).
  • Favourites feature. Save your map locations to your favourites.\




Choosing the right vacation is an important decision. Choosing the right agent is an even bigger decision. Don’t leave your vacation to chance. Insist on the best… Pioneer Travel, LLC.

Whether business or pleasure, Pioneer Travel, LLC delivers. Internet Travel sites list hotels and destinations, but offer little else. Our years of experience in the industry will help you design the perfect traveling experience. From romantic getaways to large events, our experienced agents will handle all the details. Traveling does not need to be stressful. You can count on us for great value and dependable service.


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