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Apps Can Help Avert Travel Calamities

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Savvy travelers carefully review their cheap travel options, such as cheap airplane tickets, cheap fares, discount hotel rooms, discount travel deals, and cheap vacation packages. Given that travel disasters, whether big (a hurricane) or small (a rental car accident) can expectantly strike, travelers should look to cell phone apps for help before leaving for their destinations.

Prevent on the road catastrophe, or learn how to best cope when it occurs, with the following “must have” smartphone apps recommended by Smarter Travel:

• Smarter Traveler is an app from the U.S. Department of State which provides official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. You can check for updated safety and security alerts at your destination and access a list of embassies that can help in the event of a lost or stolen passport. Available is a “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program” which can help family and friends reach you in the event of an emergency, such as civil unrest.

• bSafe is a personal safety app designed to keep people secure on the road or at home. Users can set up personal networks of friends and family, and send notifications of their locations using GPS enabled service. The app’s timer mode sends out automatic alarms if a user has not checked in to pre-appointed locations and can even set up a fake incoming call to be used as an excuse to get out of unwanted conversations. Live GPS tracking makes it easy to meet friends or family. If an alarm is triggered, a cell phone can transmit a siren sound and record video.

• Hurricane by American Red Cross tracks and monitors conditions at a user’s destination, offers a simple checklist for hurricane preparedness, provides access to a toolkit with a flashlight, a strobe light, and an audible alarm. You can also use this app’s one-touch “I’m Safe” messaging system to alert people in the event that a storm hits and you cannot be reached. Users receive NOAA weather alerts when location services are enabled.

• Travel Safe provides a list of emergency numbers at your location on an easy to access home screen that features one touch dialing. Once you location services are enabled this app automatically detects your location to access medical, fire and police numbers. Users can create a custom list of emergency contracts and personal information for emergency responders.

• iWrecked helps users create a fully detailed accident log and import photos of damage caused by a car wreck as well as vehicle numbers and insurance information of other drivers. This app helps find nearby taxi and towing companies as well as, if needed, access to one touch emergency department calling.

• First Aid by American Red Cross provides invaluable information about emergency medical intervention, whether you are dealing with a snake bite or a sprained muscle. This app offers step by step medical care instructions for a number of injuries and illnesses. Preloaded content allows users to still be able to access safety information even if they do not have a data or Wi-Fi signal. Users are able to make emergency calls directly within the app at any time.

• GateGuru helps avert airport mishaps by keeping you organized and sane while traveling. Its JourneyCard stores a user’s itinerary and displays security wait times, flight delays, gate changes, and layover adjustments on one easy to find screen. Its AirportCard proves easy access to airport amenity information, maps, weather forecasts, and traveler tips.

• TripAdvisor Offline City Guides is a must when Wi-Fi access is spotty or an overseas data plan is too expensive. Users can download information before arriving at their destinations. Once downloaded, users can access reviews, photos, and city maps.
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