Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New "Smart Traveler" iPhone App by The U.S. Department of State

The United States Department of State has launched a new iPhone app called "Smart Traveler".  Following is the description of the app on the iTunes app store:  

"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 your family and friends reach you in an emergency.  Smart Traveler also provides quick access to the Department's Consular Affairs Facebook and Twitter pages.  And for a bit of fun, you can shake your iPhone to information on a random country!"

You can learn more and download the app here.  This new app will not only be helpful to individual travelers but could be a very beneficial and helpful tool to study/education abroad administrators in dealing with a crisis abroad.

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