So you are all set to embark on your next business trip.
You meticulously make a note: Travel light. Pack Small.
You made those calls and confirmed all your meetings.
Great! Fantastic! But here’s the thing, this is just the beginning.
There are flights to catch, rooms to book, cabs to hail and the most dreaded job of all, preparing the expense report.
Now, you don’t want to end up being unprepared for any of it. That’s not only going to cost you a lot of money but also make you lose your sanity.
With a handful of apps, life on the road can get really smooth. Here are 10 fantastic business apps that will save you a lot of hassle and let you travel with ease.
Apps For Business Travelers
1. TripIt- Keep your master travel itinerary at one place
How does this brilliant app help you?
It’s quite simple. All you have to do is forward all confirmation emails to your TripIt account and the app takes care of everything. TripIt keeps all your travel information at one place. From hotel bookings and flight schedules for all your car rentals and meetings, TripIt organizes all information systems.
There’s another plus point; this app lets you share this information with your friends, family and co-workers. Moreover, it lets you access your travel plans on any device and even when you are offline.
Imagine how sorted your business trip can get!
Availability: iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 7, Android, Blackberry
Looking for good places to eat, while dreaming about scrumptious burritos or maybe that earthy Italian wine?
Yelp is your ideal solution.
The app helps you find restaurants and shops by categories or search terms. So all this information is in the palm of your hand!
Important piece of advice: Don’t blindly trust the reviews. The online word of mouth in this case might be misleading as the reviews are written by anyone and everyone. So, they need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Availability: iPhone, Android
3. Google Translate- Breaking the language barrier
When going to a different country for a business trip, language barrier can be one of the biggest hurdles. In fact, it is one of the most common challenges in the international business environment. A little conversation starter can lighten that uneasiness.
With its two new incredibly excellent features: real-time voice and sign translation, Google Translate works effectively. The app will help you navigate your new surroundings in no time.
Availability: iPhone, Android
4. FlightTrack Pro- Track flights in seconds
FlightTrack Pro offers all your flight details at your fingertips and that too within seconds. You can track your flights worldwide with big beautiful maps. (Bonus: They are available offline too.) The app provides you with all the information such as gate numbers, delays and real time departure.
Also, if your flight gets cancelled, FlightTrack Pro is right there to help you find an alternate flight with a swipe and tap.
5. Evernote- Makes you more organized
Photos, screenshots, texts, voice notes or any other piece of information- you name it and Evernote will make sure you capture and organize it systematically. From short texts to detailed research, the app lets you write and save notes of all types.
Evernote helps compartmentalize all your information that matters, thereby ensuring you don’t forget the important details of your meeting or your travel arrangements.
Availability: iPhone, Chrome OS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Microsoft Windows, webOS, OS X
6. Google Maps
When it comes to location services, Google Maps is one of the most remarkable apps that instantly come to your mind. The app is undoubtedly the king of digital maps. That’s perhaps the reason why the app sees an average of more than 79 million unique users per month. With constant improvements and the addition of new features, Google Maps remains the market leader in map apps.
Availability: iPhone, Android
7. Expensify- Track your expenses with ease
Keeping a track of all the travel expenses can be a hassle. It’s very easy to lose a receipt or to forget how much you paid for a dinner the other night. But with Expensify by your side, you need not worry any more. The app allows you to keep track of a variety of expenses. You can enter the expenses manually, you could scan your receipts with the SmartScan feature, or you could simply mail these receipts to email@example.com. And then you can instantly catalog them. With Expensify, you can now stay on top of your finances as you travel along.
Availability: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows
8. HotelTonight- Booking last-minute rooms just got convenient
With HotelTonight, you are just five clicks away from booking your hotel anytime, anywhere. Yes, you read that right! In case you forgot to book your hotel in advance, HotelTonight acts as your savior. The app lets you find amazing places to stay and even book a room on your very day of arrival. Booking hotel rooms at the last minute and that too the ones that fall in your price range can be an arduous task. But now with the HotelTonight app, you can put those worries aside.
Availability: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
9. Kayak- Your travel agent
From car rentals and flight bookings to currency conversion, Kayak helps get your hands on all kinds of travel information in no time; and with the newly added feature Price Forecasts, you can choose the best flight deals on Kayak. With Kayak on your device, you wouldn’t even need a travel agent.
Availability: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 7, kindle
10. Viber- Avoid insane phone bills and stay in touch
So you are travelling outside your country, well in that case Viber is what you need the most to save yourself from insanely large phone bills. Free voice calls, video calls and instant messages over the internet- that’s Viber app at its best.
Just as a search engine is synonymous with Google, free calls are becoming synonymous with Viber.
Availability: Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, Bada, Mac, Microsoft
Having these apps on your mobile device, will help you get through the tediousness and hassle of modern travel. Your business trip will undoubtedly be more productive and hassle free.