I see nothing under 1K at apple.com.
My dad picked up a nicely equipped Toshiba dual core, dvd writer, and all that 17 inch in the just above 1K mark. So this means we are likely looking at the 15 inch models.
"Security, durability, longevity, and ease of use are priorities"
Security in Windows is your job still. Durability is almost the same among brands. They all use the same CPUs, hard disks and battery technology so lifespan is likely to be a factor of you shielding the laptop from harmful drops and abuse. The battery however is finite in life at just a few years. No one has a 5 year battery so expect to replace that every other year if you rely on it.
Cnet has reviews on many models so start there.
I'm looking for recomendations on a laptop to use for domestic travel. Uses would include email, uploading digital photos, web surfing, GPS maps, web transactions (purchases, financial/banking). Price preference is less than $1000 although I'd be able to spend more if justified by value.
Security, durability, longevity, and ease of use are priorities. My experience is in the PC world but would consider Apple.
Thanks for your help.