‘Travel’ Posts

Take Advantage of Government Apps

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">Yes we can enter the web 2.0 marketplace. A screenshot of the apps.usa.gov site shows a few of the apps the US government offers.There are plenty of things that come to mind when one thinks of the US Government--but “web-savvy institution” probably isn’t one of them, no matter your political leanings. However, that may change with the government apps website. There are six pages of government-sponsored apps to do with national security, BMI measurement, and what’s currently being recalled. For people who need quick an easy access to that information without having to search through government websites, these apps and mobile web pages have the potential to be quite useful. Here are a few of the most interesting offerings.

TripIt Combines Social Networking with Travel Planning

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">TripIt removes stress from travel plans. Image courtesy of Flickr user Robert Bruce Murray III. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.One of the perks of being a college student is travel flexibility--especially during the summer months. For those of us jet setting this summer (or who need to organize trips to and from school during the year), TripIt allows for easy, at-a-glance trip organization combined with some interesting social networking aspects.

TripIt's major selling point is its ease of use. You simply email your flight, hotel, or rental car confirmation to TripIt, and the site assembles all of them on a single, easy-to-read page. In addition, it provides handy links to check in to your flight beforehand and contact information for hotels and rental car companies. It even adds city maps and the weather report for the length of your. Traveling companions can all be added as travelers on a specific trip simply by adding their email addresses, allowing them to see and edit the itinerary--including adding daily activity plans.