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In this week’s Travel Report, Time Warner Cable News Reporter Valarie D'Elia has some advice on making traveling a whole lot "appier."

Starting with the basics, here are some free apps that should make your travels run more smoothly.

“TripIt” is like a personal assistant who organizes your itineraries from e-mails you forward.

So everything from your airline tickets to car rental confirmations, train, car services, cruise tickets and ferry connections will be right at your finger tips without having to rifle through your e-mail at the last minute.

If you are concerned about traveling to a country in the news, the “Smart Traveler” app lists all the State Department’s travel alerts and warnings as well as provides basic info on your particular destination. U.S. citizens traveling abroad can very conveniently register with the local U.S. embassy or consulate.

“Flight Stats” is a simple tool that checks airport conditions and tracks flight status by flight number, airport or route.

The “My TSA” app has a function that tells you security checkpoint wait times and which lines are moving and which aren’t. The only drawback is that it is only as updated as your fellow passengers make it.

More useful I think is the screen that allows you to ask what you can and can’t bring in your carry-on.

Enter your flight number into “Seat Guru” and see the seat map. The seat pitch will tell you just how much leg room to expect and you can see and post photos. Find out which arm rests won’t move and if you’ll get a seatback video screen.

“GateGuru” gives the lowdown on the restaurants, shops and services at your airport, or filter it to your specific terminal or gate.

“LoungeBbuddy” provides intel on the airport lounges in the vicinity of your gate and will let you know if you’re entitled to free access or what it costs to drop in for a day.

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