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Stay Healthy on your Vacation.

With  Labor Day coming up, summer’s end is fast approaching. If you haven’t  taken a vacation yet this summer, make plans to get away for the holiday  weekend or make plans to take a vacation soon. Taking time away extols  multiple health benefits. The Framingham Heart Study found an  association between not taking enough vacations and a higher risk of  heart disease. Another study found that depression and tension were  higher among women who took vacations only once in two years – compared  to those who took vacations twice or more a year. They also found lower  levels of marital satisfaction.

You  don’t necessarily have to leave the country or even your own  neighborhood to reap the benefits. “Staycations” also reap positive  health benefits. Another study showed people who engaged in more leisure  activities on a regular basis had, on average, lower blood pressure,  lower cortisol levels, and smaller waists.

Often,  people feel the need to really let go during a vacation. However, there are  still ways you can make healthy choices and enjoy your time off.


Here are some tips to help you stay healthy on your next vacation:

Make sure to stretch during long flights or road trips. Sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing blood clots in your legs, otherwise known as a DVT, which can travel to your lungs with deadly consequences. I stretch my legs every 2-3 hours by doing the “Hippie Stretch.”

Make a healthy menu list! Vacationing  usually means cooking less and eating out more. This puts you at risk  of packing on the pounds later. When I vacation, I keep a list of  healthy foods in my head that I love and look for them on a menu. For  me, they include any type of fish, and soups and salads with raw  vegetables – it should come as no surprise that I love  raw vegetables. I try to stay away from meals that are high in carbs or  fats – as huge pasta dishes or meals made with heavy cream sauces. One whole lobster is only 135 calories and is a good source of heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium safeguards your skin from sun damage and cancer.


Choose one dessert a day! Eating in moderation applies to desserts, too! To keep your calorie  consumption in check, treat yourself to only one dessert a day. In addition,  devote yourself to other healthy food choices at your other meals.

Make sure you have all your vaccinations. If you go abroad, depending on where you travel, you may be exposed to  dangerous diseases like malaria or yellow fever. Consult information  from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to learn how to protect yourself with the right shots.

Bring your workout music! I took my workout music along for running and workout sessions. Let the scenery of your new  surroundings motivate you to go on long walks or jogs outside. Feel  free to do my 7-minute morning workout in your hotel room or outside in the park, or if you have more time, try celebrity trainer Joel Harper’s 20-minute workout.  Both require no equipment, so you can do them anywhere. It will not  only relax you, but also energize you for an entire day of sightseeing  and spending quality time with family.

One Runway, Five Minutes

A Traveler:  stands at the threshold of an airport’s security area. Typically, this area would seem like a play entitled, “Cows and Criminals,” due to all the shouting of commands, herding into lines and inspections. But this area is different. Travelers seem to be happy, calm and moving quickly. How can this be? Is this a dream? A kind voice suddenly speaks to the traveler and asks, “Do you need some help?” He snaps out of his daze and notices it is an airport employee. The traveler explains his bewilderment, to which the employee smiles and replies, “Welcome to Gatwick’s South Terminal, where we process our travelers in under five minutes, hence the short lines and happy faces.”

Details: Five minutes or less is a very bold boast for an employee to make, but Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate disagrees, “We’re committed to making the airport experience an easier, speedier and less stressful experience for our passengers,” he says. “The opening of the new South Terminal security area is just part of a £1.2 billion investment in Gatwick Airport, as we continually look to innovate and deliver solutions that will provide real benefit for passengers” (2). Of the proposed £1.2 billion, £45 million has been used to complete a pilot security experience that was launched last month. Here are some samples of that pilot program:

Airport personnel easily greet and help passengers, because they have under gone many hours of training to earn their City & Guild Level 2 Award for Excellent Customer Service. This is now a requirement by the airport. Also, large-screen monitors give directions for all security’s needs or areas in five languages.

Top 5 Travel Scams

These top 5 scams have been featured in Travel and Leisure and Budget Travel magazines. They cover everything from false representation and the art of distraction, to the Good Samaritan and very large animals. Note: although these countries have been highlighted, these scams can apply anywhere. You may even recognize some of them, so read, comprehend and be cautious.
United States: Scenario #1: “Fake Front Desk”- You awake abruptly in your hotel room to the ring of the hotel phone. You realize it’s the middle of the night and in a bewildered state you pickup. It’s the front desk calling about an issue with your credit card and they need you to repeat your information over the phone. You oblige, but when you talk to the front desk about the call the next morning, they have no clue what you’re talking about. Why? Because they didn’t call you. You have been duped by a clever con who’s now using your credit card information for his/her pleasure.

Solution: If this happens to you hang up and then call the front desk back to discuss any matters. Most hotel staff won’t call guests during the middle of the night.

France: Scenario #2: “Parisian Happenstance?”- While walking along a Parisian street you notice something shiny on the ground. You instinctively gravitate towards it to investigate and discover it is a gold ring! So you pick it up. Immediately a gypsy woman appears before you, and, like Gollum in “Lord of the Rings,” she wants her ring back, claiming it is a very old wedding ring or family heirloom. But she also says she will give it to you for a “good price.” After you pay for it, you may think you’ve won that wager, but not too fast. If you get it appraised afterwards, you’ll discover your gold ring is actually made of brass. Sorry…

Editor’s Note- This actually happened to me in 2006 when I was walking from the Eiffel Tower towards Champs Élysées. I found a beautiful ”diamond” ring on the ground; however, in my case I was able to walk away with the ring, no harm no fowl. I guess my gypsy was on a break?

Solution: Kindly hand the ring back to the gypsy woman and reply “No thanks. You can have it.”

Italy: Scenario #3: “Catch The Baby”- An adult woman trips or falls near you and her baby comes flying at you like a hot potato. You reflexively catch the baby, but are too distracted to notice youngsters are now picking your pockets or taking your camera bag.

Solution: After you catch the baby, quickly look around for little ones with their hands in your pockets. If you stop to help a fallen woman and her baby, make sure to draw attention to you and look around.

Scenario #4: “Have A Newspaper”- You’re taking a picture of one of your favorite Roman landmarks when a group of children quickly surround you shouting something in Italian and waving newspapers in your face. They’re trying to distract you so you don’t see their quick-fingered friends picking your pockets or purse. Once the deed is done, they run away giggling with your goods.

Solution: When kids approach or are waving newspapers, immediately clutch your purse or put your hands in your pockets and calmly walk away.

Egypt: Scenario #5: “Camel Offer You A Picture?”- In Cairo, the Great Pyramids attract novice and professional photographers alike, but for this scam you’ll need more than a good eye. You’ll need quick thinking or strong legs. There are many camel trainers offering tourists a chance to sit atop their seven-foot-tall, 1,500-pound friend for an unforgettable photo. The price may seem reasonable, but the unreasonable catch is that the trainer will ask you to pay again to dismount, otherwise he will hold you hostage until you pay.

Solution: Establish before you get on their camel that there is only ONE fee for the photo op. If you forget to ask and are held hostage on top, look for a soft landing and jump.

Closing Tips: When traveling in a foreign place, keep your unused valuables in a hotel safe.
Take photos of all taxi numbers or taxi drivers.
Try to travel with your money and important documents in a satchel or purse that can be worn around your neck under your clothes.

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Expensify Your Travel

Smartphone app— According to David Barrett, Expensify’s founder and CEO, “Expensify has a user base of 300,000 people.

1. Sign up for the Expensify’s website.

2. Upload relevant credit card(s) information. Expensify will “associate” receipts with corresponding credit card transactions.

3. Download their mobile app (available for iPhone, Android, WebOs, BlackBerry).

4. When traveling, use the app to snap photos of cash-transaction receipts with the camera option.

5. Turn on the scanning option (only needs to be done once).

6. Just forward emailed receipts from merchants to your Expensify account.

7. Log in to your online Expensify profile to review all past uploaded receipts NOTE: Expensify charges for scans, at 20 cents per receipt, but every account begins with 10 free scans.

8. Categorize the transactions (food, gas, etc.) or add them to an expense report. All should take less than 30 minutes, because Expensify will automatically categorize future transactions if it recognizes the merchant.

9. Forward your expense report to the appropriate person or department. NOTE: To access all of the above, to the person approving your expenses must log in to Expensify’s website to approve or reject your expense reports. “Expensify integrates with several popular accounting and sales programs—QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Salesforce, and any other accounting system that can import spreadsheet files, and it connects with bank accounts to allow for direct deposits” (1).
1. Manjoo, F. (2011, May 24). Burn your receipts! Finally, an online company has brought expense reports into the 21st century. Retrieved from Slate website:

Smart Traveler

Keep emergency numbers at your side: Phone numbers for your bank or credit card, in your wallet or pocket so you can call if it is lost or stolen.

Budget: Create a travel budget to prevent returning home to a scary credit card bill or empy bank account. Plan what you want to see and how much you’ll spend on souvenirs. A little planning will make it easier to stay within your budget.

Enjoy the local scene: Local events, festivals, live music shows and gallery events, take advantage of this information and make it part of your trip? You’ll make memories that’ll last a lifetime, and you’re sure to come away with some rare finds.

Travel for less: Did you know that many airlines offer specials during low seasons and during off-peak hors? It’s true and you can use this information to your advantage. One way is to loo for deals that require you leaving on a Thursday and returning on a Monday. Use your savings to splurge on something fun, like a gondola ride or extra excursion.
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A Traveler’s Life: Apps 2.0

There are so many smartphone applications that can help you this  season. How can you stay up will all the options? Well, on September 14, 2010, a ‘city by the bay’ decided to help smartphone users with that question. This city, aka San Francisco, became the first city to host an official app conference, suitably calling it “App Nation.” More than 800 app enthusiasts came out for the three-day event. Conference Chairman Drew Ianni commented on the spontaneity of App Nation, “It’s this ecosystem and economy that’s sort of sprung out of nowhere” (2). Chetan Sharma, a consultant who did research on smartphone apps stated, “The number of apps downloaded will jump from 7 billion in 2009 to nearly 50 billion in 2012” (2).
Of the apps reviewed by our staff, here are the top picks:

Holiday Cruising
Gas Book—If you choose to travel by car, because flights are not available, too expensive or you just enjoy the wind in your hair, then saving every penny on gas is paramount. PC World featured this app in its Top 15 Transportation Apps for Planes, Trains and Cars. We should want to spend our hard earned money on special gifts not gas. This app can help users find stations that allow them to fill up and conserve precious pennies. Users can save local gas stations into a favorite’s folder for easy access. They can sort other unknown locations by price or distance and keep a fuel log to see cost per day. The only downside to this app is that it only operates within the U.S.
Holiday Cruising
Park-n-Find—Have you ever walked around the parking lot wishing your car would just tell you where you left it? Since we all know that cars can’t talk, this app can speak for them. PC World also listed this app in its Top 15 Transportation Apps for Planes, Trains and Cars. When engaging this app, a pin drops on an aerial map where you leave your car. If you travel through life with a more meticulous hand, the app also allows users to take a picture of the car and leave voice and/or text notes. Did I mention that it also has an integrated timer for those pesky parking meters? Well, it does.
All in One
Where—This app appeals to users who like the reviews of Yelp, the minute-quick notifications of Weather Bug, and the traffic conditions of Google maps. CIO magazine put this app in its Top 20 Blackberry and iPhone Apps for Summer Travel, but it is obviously applicable for all seasons. The possibilities for holiday fun are almost endless with this app. For example, you could find the best place for The Nutcracker Ballet, mark a restaurant close to the theatre, read some reviews of both the theatre and the eatery, check the local weather to know what to wear and figure out how far everything is from your current location.
Gifts Guider
BillMinder—To really get geared for this gifting season, you need to have all of your finances in order. At least that is the advice that Jordan Goldman, founder and CEO of, gives to college students. In this economy, college students aren’t the only ones wondering how to budget for gift giving. In this app you can input your bills, when they’re due and whether or not they have been paid. It will also notify you when another bill is soon due. All these things can determine how far you will cast the net of merriment.
Gifts Guider
Red Laser—Jordan Goldman also explains that, “[You should] never overpay for a product again, because this will tell you on the spot [where] you can find this [item] cheaper” (3). The app’s scanner reads all current product barcodes. “[Instead of] tackling someone on Black Friday, try Red Laser…it’ll recognize the product and search for prices on Google and TheFind,” says Kim Thai for Fortune magazine (4). If you aren’t into buying online, Red Laser also gives local recommendations.
Keep in Touch
Skype—This app helps you send your love to those you can’t be with this holiday season. “Nearly 5 million consumers have downloaded a Skype Web telephony application,” claims Russ Shaw, general manager for Skype mobile (1). Skype to Skype chatting is free. A subscription for unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada costs $3 per month and a Skype number costs $12 for three months. Basically, you pay around $60 per year for unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada to/from your Skype number. For other countries, your monthly cost will depend on how many countries you plan to call, and whether you call mobile phones or just landlines. It is an inexpensive way to reach out to friends and family all over the world. Best of all, your mobile minutes are not used since the call is carried over a data circuit (i.e. 3G network).
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt—Sometimes listening to the radio doesn’t cut it for the kids in the back. So, for those moments, play the Road Trip Scavenger Hunt. Your kids can get points for spotting items or words outside their own window. You just touch their name on your phone when they see the subject first and the app will give them a point. Just set the max amount of points to win and let their competitive natures do the rest!
Words with Friends— readers voted it #1 in its Favorite iPhone Apps of 2009. This app combines scrabble with online chat. It allows you to play up to twenty games simultaneously against your friends or others all over the world. You can choose to invite from your contact list, have the app choose a random player already in the network or do ‘pass and play’ which is between you and the person sitting next to you. Whichever way you choose, you can guarantee that your brain will become addicted. Just ask John Mayer, who has been quoted saying, “Words with Friends app is the new Twitter.”

Traveler’s Life 2

Last-minute thoughts:
 Where is my gate?  “Many major hubs like Dallas/Fort Worth have smart phone apps: Download a map of your connecting airport and flight schedules for alternative routes,” says Rick Seaney, CEO of
How much time will it take to get through check-in and security? “Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Denver International provide real-time updates on their websites, refreshed every 15 to 30 minutes. Hartsfield-Jackson will even send the updates directly to your PDA or cell phone, through its Trak-a-Line program”
My savvy carry-on has?
* A utility wallet: This is a wallet or zipper case that contains only items/documents that are pertinent for check-in and security. Items could include: a driver’s license and/or passport, cash, credit card, confirmation number and/or printed boarding pass, club lounge pass/card, frequent flyer card, traveler’s insurance number and/or card, destination accommodations, and transportation information.
* Medications (as needed) and 3-ounce containers in a Ziploc bag: The TSA created an easy way to remember their liquid bottle policy, “3-1-1 for carry-ons: 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) bottle or less (by volume); one quart-sized clear, plastic zip-top bag; one bag per passenger placed in screening bin”

* Time passers: Leisure reading/work materials, an iPod (or something comparable) to tune out unnecessary airport/plane noise, and a laptop (if needed).

* Sustenance: Snacks/meals brought from home so that you don’t have to pay airport prices. Also, try to buy water from a store in the terminals so you aren’t dependent upon the flight attendants for hydration. Or, bring your own empty bottle through security and fill it up for free at the fountains.

Airports:    *Checking-In (Fast and Slow)No-Checked Bag-No Line (Fast)  If you are traveling domestically, have your boarding pass already printed, and have no bags to check. Then go straight to your airline’s check-in kiosks. Afterward, go directly to security. So easy!

First/Business/Elite Frequent Flyers (Fast)  These lines are usually shorter and quicker for two reasons: First, passengers in these classes probably spend a lot of time flying and have this routine down. Second, these check-in desks only have to help a few travelers, compared to the desks for the coach line.

In Coach (Slow to Fast) If you must have big suitcases, but you don’t have frequent flyer status and don’t want to pay for first- or business-class tickets, you might have another option. Peter Greenberg for the AARP suggests, “If you are flying domestically, ship your bags ahead of time—you’ll save yourself two hours of your life every time you travel. You can use UPS or FedEx…. For domestic shipping, it can be as little as $20 a bag for three-day advanced service”

Security with Skill and StyleStyle VIP Continues —First-class, business-class and some frequent flyer members can, in certain airports, have separate security areas as well as separate check-in desks. As mentioned earlier in this article, see if you can download a map of the airport on your smart phone (if you have one, of course) or ask airline personnel for these separate areas. Make no mistake: This security process is most likely the fastest.

Skill Stay Cool—Always maintain a calm demeanor. Even if you’re very late, don’t panic! Airport security may ask you to calm down before helping you, or, worse, they could ignore you. So, nicely let security know that you’re about to miss your plane’s boarding. They may “fast pass” you through security to reach your gate in time.

Declare Large Liquids—Let the TSA officers know that you have certain items that couldn’t be put into your checked luggage or the little zip-top bags. Why? Well, TSA’s website actually lists the allowed items as follows, “Medications, baby formula, food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bags. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint”

Lines for All Kinds—Ask airport personnel where separate lines for business, families and/or people with special needs are. It’s a pretty new concept, so some airports might not have them yet, but Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport installed four extra lanes back in late 2008. Well, the “this line is short and this line is long” argument is not a good basis for judging a line’s efficiency. According to Peter Greenberg, “It doesn’t matter how long or short the line is, if you see two TSA officers watching that video monitor, I don’t care how short their line is, avoid it! Two officers means they’re probably training one of them” When training is happening, you can guarantee that bags will be checked more often.
Apparel/Personals—Wear outfits that don’t have a lot of zippers or buttons. Skip the metal belts, take out all of your pockets’ contents and put them in your carry-on. Make sure to also wear slip-on shoes to make undressing and dressing a lot faster. Keep your ID/passport and boarding pass in your hands at all times. The TSA also prefers that parents or guardians walk through metal detectors with their child outside the stroller. Remember to collapse strollers before putting your things into the bins.

Belt Order—To prevent any theft of your personal items, place them on the conveyor belt in this order: shoes, clothes, carry-on, and purse/precious items. This way you can get dressed and keep your eyes on things as they come out. Is this necessary? Well, Travel and Leisure magazine reported on this scam: “Before you walk through the metal detector… a person from behind cuts ahead of you. As he tries to walk through the metal scanner, the alarm rings and the line comes to a halt. It turns out he has ‘forgotten’ to remove his keys and loose change. Meanwhile, his accomplice has gone through ahead of you and is picking up all of your stuff…”

U.S. Customs at your fingertips —If you have the patience and a little dough to spare, get involved in the GEP (Global Entry Program). No more long U.S. Customs lines for you in America. This pilot program, managed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, allows its members to bypass traditional passport control lines, not fill out customs declaration forms, and have mutual benefits with other countries. How does this work? How do I apply? These questions and more are answered at

Delay/Cancellation of Flight Keep Busy —If your flight is delayed, relax and think of alternatives. Don’t complain to other passengers or try to start an airport mob scene with pitchforks. Life isn’t always going to operate on your watch. Depending upon how long it is delayed, read a book or go walk off your frustrations and burn calories. Remember, there are some charge stations in gate areas; work on your laptop without draining the battery.

Cancelled? If this happens, try to quickly arrange another flight, but keep terminal-hopping to a minimum; this decreases your chances of the luggage being delayed or lost. Travel Guard’s insurance has certain plans that can cover its members for the purchases of essentials and/or prescription medications, due to the luggage being lost or delayed. What if you also need to get a last-minute hotel room? Depending on the coverage, Travel Guard’s members can call a toll-free concierge phone line for step-by-step assistance with last-minute accommodations.


Traveler’s life

One Month Before Take-off:
Passport– Your passport should be valid through the dates of your trip.
Visas- Some countries require a visa before you leave your home base, but others can grant you a tourist visa upon landing. Check your home government’s website.
Traveler’s Insurance- We recommend purchasing travel accident insurance prior to leaving. click book Travel and find out how to get the travel insurance.

Medications/Vaccinations- Refill all necessary prescriptions and check a country’s required vaccinations. Here is a link to the for more information.

One Week Before Takeoff:


A Fresh Start- Pull out those suitcases and give them some time to air out. and give it a quick wipe down after each trip. Another handy tip from: Travel and Leisure magazine,

Invest in Extra Baggies - You never know when you may need to stick a wet swimsuit into your suitcase, dirty clothes start to pile up or your shampoo bottle could explode. The quart and gallon-size Ziploc bags work wonders, but there are also high-tech plastic bags that you may want to use, which are a little more expensive.

Stand-ins- You may need to have your pet(s) fed, plants watered, mail collected or bills paid. Setting up a stand-in (neighbor, friend, family member) a month prior to departure is recommended so that they have time to accommodate your schedule with theirs.

Research Your Destination - Get a guidebook or use the information highway (aka the Internet) to help assemble a sightseeing list, schedule transportation, get the right advice on certain places or culture, and/or find out the currency needed. Credit cards are convenient, but, according to, “…traveler’s checks are a good, safe alternative

“No I Haven’t Dropped Off the Face of the Earth”- Make sure you notify family, friends or roommates where you will be travelling and provide them with the travel dates. Scan and/or copy all precious documents like the ones listed in the “One Month Before Takeoff” section. Leave copies of important documents with a trusted individual in your home country or load them up into an Internet email account. This way you will have access to them if they are lost or stolen. “It’s [also] useful to have copies [of these] in different formats (PDF, JPEG, Word, etc.) to cover a variety of eventualities”

The Packing List- According to website, “[A] packing list serves two principle purposes. First (and foremost), it’s a sort of contract you make with yourself, an agreement (and ongoing reminder) that if it’s not on your list, it shouldn’t be in your bag. The secondary function of a packing list is to help ensure that nothing important will be forgotten”

Three Days Before Takeoff:

Charge and Erase- Free up some of your camera’s memory space. This way you don’t have to buy another card. For your electronic equipment, determine what chargers, power cords, plugs (international adapters) and/or batteries will be necessary for your “precious moment”

The Joy of Packing-

A Blueprint- Place your heavier items on the bottom of your suitcase, such as shoes, rolled jeans and/or blazers. Lighter pieces go at the top, along with your cosmetics. Use an extra baggie for your undergarments so that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents don’t create a Victoria’s Secret display on the floor. Bulky items should be folded and placed in compression sacks; these bags take out unnecessary air that could take up valuable space. You can find these bags at The Container Store. Roll smaller items (yoga pants, socks) and use them to fill in air holes. Delicate pieces can be protected from wrinkles by using tissue paper and dry cleaner bags.

The Usual Suspects- Choose solid colors that can transition easily from day to night and will coordinate with other items in your wardrobe. Pack two pairs of denim jeans, since these can be dressed up or down. Men should always have one pair of khakis or dark slacks for more formal occasions. Black pants are a travel staple for women, since they go with almost everything and they don’t get as dirty as other colors. Women should take along two stylish tops for fancy parties or dinners.

One Day Before Take-off:

Relax and Check- You have efficiently walked down the path of a savvy jetsetter. In the final hours before your trip, double check your tasks and items and make sure you have all the transportation arrangement details settled before leaving. Good luck and have fun!




Traveler’s Life: APPS

Apps for smartphone that is useful when you travel around the world:

FlightTrack- does exactly what you’d expect.

WeatherBug- delivers a solid experience across a range of networks, including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Nokia, PC Magazine said

Worldmate- Rated Excellent a personal travel assistant in your pocket. Worldmate Live will manage your full itinerary, including travel arrangements and business meetings and will ensure a smooth trip by pushing alerts regarding imminent events like flight delays, said the editor’s Review,  This app also has LinkedIn travel contacts, flight schedules/statuses, local search information powered by Yelp, a tip calculator with a global tipping guide, a currency converter with exchange rate updates, maps, a five-day world
forecast, a world clock and much more.

A Traveler’s Life: There is an APPS for that

Traveler’s it would be Wise to Utilize these suggested lifesavers.  These techie-colored smart phone apps:

TRANSPORTATION: FlightTrack- does excatly waht you’d expect, showing the status of any commercial flight around the world, including graphical tracking on a world map ” Forbes magazine wrote (1). The app’s map features satellite views and weather, as well as your flight number, speed and altitude. Moving
ahead of the curve, Mobiata made the app’s world map accessible in airplane
mode. It is this small consideration that makes flying enjoyable, because now
you know how much flying you have left.

Pro Version: Offers its users push flight alerts, airport delay predictions and synced Tripit flight