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NEW TRAVELOCITY iPad APP GIVES TRAVELERS DEALS, ABILITY TO BOOK FLIGHTS, HOTELS AND CAR RENTALS

Travelocity today announced its new Travelocity App for iPad is now available on the App Store, giving travelers the ability to book flights, hotels and car rentals all in one app. Travelocity for iPad joins the company’s existing app for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as devices on Android and Windows Phone 7, giving users access to the best in travel from their favorite device.

Travelocity iPad App

Five Great Green Travel Apps

Editor’s Note: Earth Day is April 22, and this week’s blog posts are dedicated to preserving the world as we continue to travel. Learn more about green travel, including green hotels and voluntourism, by visiting Travelocity’s Travel for Good homepage.

Want to travel a little more responsibly? Here are five great travel apps to help you get the most out of your next vacation–the greenest way possible.

hiCard ($0.99): Sending postcards is fun when you’re on the road, but what if you could do something a little different? This app lets you take a picture on your phone and send it as a paperless postcard to the folks back home. No stamps, no paper, and no waiting in line at the post office!

Noteworthy Travel Trends for 2011

This blurb in a Time Magazine article sums up the impact of living in a technology driven world: In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S.

For those of you whose lives aren’t driven by technology, they’re referring to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010. Growth in both the social media and mobile space is booming, and the travel industry is no exception.

Travelocity has identified three big travel trends (along with a few other bites) for 2011, and it’s no surprise that technology leads the way in the New Year.

Top Travel Trends for 2011

Lonely Planet’s City Guide Apps: Why I’ll Never Buy a Paper Guide Book Again

When I travel with my husband, I feel like his personal sherpa. I love him to the moon and back but because I carry a purse, I get saddled with carrying the guide book, the metal thermos of water, the brochures, etc. Two hours into a castle tour and my back is killing me.

My solution? Lose the guide book and lighten the load.

Lonely planet

We just returned from a three-country tour of Central Europe and I only bought a paper guide book for one destination. For the other two I tried out Lonely Planet’s iPhone City Guides and I was hooked. My purse was significantly lighter and the apps were far better than a traditional paper book.

Tempted? Here’s how it works.

Travelocity Poll: More Than Half of Travelers Share Vacation Information on Social Media Sites

Travelocity’s most recent poll shows more than half of all travelers share vacation information through social media sites. With summer vacations in full swing, many travelers are looking forward to sharing the details of their trips with friends and family. In today’s world, the easiest way to share is through social media, but people should be conscious of when and what they share to avoid giving away too much information about when they’ll be away from home.

Nearly 30 percent of travelers have either never thought about precautions or do not take any precautions when posting about vacation on social media web sites. Twenty-seven percent post limited vacation information; the rest do not allow any vacation posts.

Travelocity’s tips for safe sharing on social media sites: