You know what it’s like to be constantly searching for a dependable wi-fi connection, looking for a decent meal in an unfamiliar city, and searching for that client dinner receipt you’re sure you slipped into the pocket of your briefcase. You’ve missed sleep, missed flights, and misplaced business cards. You’ve been stuck without a rental car…in the rain…at midnight.
Thankfully, those times are over. Mobile apps are available that can help you stay connected and productive when you are on the road. Here is our ultimate guide to travel apps for business travelers:
Getting There and Getting Around
TripIt is the travel organization app. Using your confirmation emails from various travel providers, the app will create an itinerary you can access online or off. You can also get directions, sync to Google Calendar, and share your trip with others. Available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows.
GateGuru can help you navigate tricky airports and even find food along the way. The app collects your trip information and updates you on security wait times, flight delays, and gate or time changes. The newly added Flight Board provides arrival and departure information for airports around the world. Available for Android, Apple, and Windows.
No more paying $20 for a parking space only to find out there was a $10 lot around the corner. This app is like a search engine that shows you the locations and rates for parking spaces in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. Available for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry.
Book a taxi, pay with your phone, and get an e-receipt with RideCharge’s great app. You can also track your taxi using GPS so you never have to wait on the corner again. This app covers 60 cities in the U.S. as well as select locations in Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. Available for Apple and Android. For a more upscale ride, check out Sedan Magic, currently available in New York City and Washington, D.C.
With JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder, you can search for free and paid wi-fi near your location and save them for future reference. With a registry of more than 825,000 wi-fi hotspots in 144 countries, this app will guarantee you stay connected no matter where you are. Available for Android and Apple.
Access, edit, and share your documents from anywhere. DropBox is the top app for document management, whether you are in or away from your office. Available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Kindle.
Use Evernote to keep all of your notes, images, to-do lists, and more, in a searchable database synced across all of your computers and mobile devices. Available for Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Use Skype for those communications that really need to be done face-to-face, even while you are on the road. Skype offers free instant messaging, voice calls, and video chats. Available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Join conference calls instantly from your cell phone. Mobileday provides one-touch access into any conference call on any service provider. It also integrates with your calendar and email so you never miss a call, no matter where you are. Available for Android and Apple.
Keeping Track of Everything
Track your frequent flyer miles and award points for airlines, hotels, credit cards, dining, and more with Award Wallet. You will even receive a notification when your awards are about to expire. Available for Apple and Android.
Never worry about losing a receipt again. Expensify tracks all of your charges—debit, credit, and even cash (just take a picture of the receipt)! At the end of the trip, you can create and submit expense reports using your phone. Available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Stop losing business cards. All you have to do is take a picture and LinkedIn’s CardMunch turns your business cards into contacts. The app also shows your contacts’ LinkedIn profile information and if you have any connections in common. Available for Apple.
Finding Food and Services
Yelp has become the go-to app for finding restaurants, nightlife, and many types of services. Search by city or ZIP code for reviews that will guide you to the best bars and dining establishments in town. Available for Android and Apple.
If you are traveling to an unfamiliar place, AroundMe is absolutely essential. The app finds banks, hospitals, gas stations, and other locations and services in your immediate vicinity. Available for Apple.
XE Currency is a must-have for international travelers. The app provides live currency rates and an easy-to-use currency calculator. Available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Sleep Cycle helps you get a good night’s sleep, no matter where you are. The app analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the right time so you feel rested and rejuvenated. Available for Apple.
Traveling internationally? Save on those pesky roaming charges with Roamer, an app that links your regular mobile number to a foreign SIM. The app also helps you cut down on data charges. Available for Android and Apple.
These apps will help make business travel a cinch! Don’t forget to book your hotel through Hotel Engine and save with our great hotel rates.
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