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Ned’s Top 10 smartphone travel apps

I’ve tested thousands of travel apps, some of which I’ve purchased myself, including general travel apps and specific ones for airlines, trains, rental cars, etc., as well as for cities, countries and travel destinations such as national parks and historic sights. Please find my top ten favorite general travel apps below, all of which I […]


Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

Everyone’s likely read about ApplePay recently. If you haven’t, it’s a mobile payment system in which iPhone users can make credit card payments for purchases via their iPhones instead of whipping out their credit cards to “swipe” or “dip.” They hold their iPhone (6 or 6 Plus only at this time) near the payment terminal, […]


Want a better trip? Pack these smartphone apps

If you don’t think technology can improve your trip, meet Judy Williams. When she and her husband recently checked into the Radisson Blu Hotel in Zurich, a clerk asked them to sign on the dotted line for a room rate hundreds of dollars higher than their online confirmation. “It was not a budget stay,” says […]


Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

When we travel, we often take valuable gear to better enjoy our trip, work while away, capture the memories we make in exotic lands and be prepared to handle emergencies. We bring music players, game devices, laptops, tablets, still and video cameras, and, of course, smartphones. In fact, smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have […]


Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

With summer vacations not far away, many are actively investigating new vacation plans, while other are finalizing the details for their upcoming travels. Last week, I spoke about a number of important measures for vacationers to employ to help ensure that once home, the great memories of their vacation aren’t ruined by financial blunders made […]


Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

April arrives later this week. Summer vacations start just a few months from now. Many are actively investigating summer vacation plans, while others are finalizing their travel plans. There are, of course, many ways to lower one’s costs of vacation and increase their enjoyment too, but there are also many important measures vacationers can and […]


US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.


FAA finally permits gate-to-gate PED use, but continues the phone call ban; whew!

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Ned’s top smartphone general travel apps

Ned Levi has tested thousands of travel apps for both Android and iOS based smartphones. Here’s a list of his current top general travel apps for smartphones.