Modern business travel is fast paced. There are times when a frequent traveller will need help with managing the planning, the expenses and other challenges faced while on the road. Luckily your smartphone is capable of offering a great deal of help. When loaded with the right apps, your smartphone will help you get the most out of your journey. From organising your itinerary to handy travel tips and other useful extras, you can turn your phone into the equivalent of an electronic Swiss Army knife.
But with so many apps on offer, where do you start? We have compiled a list of 10 must-have phone apps that will certainly make your life easier.
A GPS compass that provides a traveller with a marker of the direction in which they need to go, instead of a laid-out path, allowing a person to wandering around (for example) a city but still get to where they’re going.
An alternative global addressing system that uses a unique combination of three words to denote locations in an easier to remember format than latitude and longitude – which is good for counties with poor addressing systems or urban/suburban landmarks.
A packing list app far more surprising than might be expected, and a last line of defence for the traveller who isn’t sure if they’ve packed the right things.
TripIt is one of the most well-known travel applications on the market and it's impossible to post about the best travel apps without giving it a mention. It’s available on all of the major application platforms and also has a web interface. It allows you to easily organise all of your travel data in one place automatically.
To create a detailed itinerary all you have to do is forward your travel confirmation email to TripIt and it will automatically create and or update your travel data. You can easily add additional information for your upcoming trip such as meeting reminders and special notes.
You can also upgrade to TripIt Pro for $49 for a year of helpful reminders, alerts, and travel perks to help you stay one step ahead.
Every city has its own traffic patterns and problems. If you're driving to a meeting in a city you've never visited before, you can easily miscalculate how long it's going to take you. Few things are worse than walking into an important meeting late.
This is why you need Waze on your smartphone. It will calculate the best route, and as delays pop up, it will give you better options. It even lets drivers upload reports of new traffic jams and accidents, so you know well in advance if something is blocking your path. As you drive, Waze will periodically notify you via pop-ups of incidents on the road ahead within a preset radius or along your chosen route if a destination has been set. Slow traffic, incidents and accidents, police presence and speed cameras are among the possible triggers for notifications.
Time Buddy (free)
World Time Buddy (WTB) is a convenient world clock, a time-zone converter, and an online meeting scheduler. It's one of the best online productivity tools for those often finding themselves travelling, flying, in online meetings or just calling friends and family abroad.
The carefully thought out UI allows you to effortlessly compare multiple time-zones at a glance, plan conference calls, webinars, international phone calls and web meetings. It also aids with business travel & tracking of market hours.
You can work with multiple locations by arranging them on the application’s drag and drop interface. The application offers over 20,000 locations to select from. Users can click and drag along the hour line to choose a time. The time can be shared using a web app or copied to the clipboard. Event pages can also be created as well as widgets. The application lets the user know when the clocks need to be pushed forward or back during daylight savings time for each zone being tracked.
XE Currency (free)
With over 20 million downloads since its launch, XE is the go-to site for currency conversions on-the-go. This popular app offers live proprietary exchange rates and historical charts. It also contains business-orientated features, such as rates for precious metals and historic currency charts. One of its greatest functions is storing the last updated rates, which is useful for offline use or if you’re in a place with limited connectivity.
Wi-Fi Map (free)
For the frequent business traveller, delays, cancellations, diversions, and misconnects can all be a part of the daily life. Luckily the LoungeBuddy app is able to help you find and access airport lounges.
Covering at least 200 airports, the app can also tell you which lounges are free (or how much the fee is) based on your airline memberships, credit card types or military status. Conveniently, a GPS will guide you to each lounge.
Other cool features include a peek into what you will get there, including food, complimentary beverages, showers and Wi-Fi.
DocuSign (free trial)
DocuSign’s mobile app empowers professionals to get work done faster, without being tied to the office. Prepare and send documents for signature and payment collection, complete in-person signing, and get instant visibility into your document status directly from your smartphone or tablet using the electronic signature app.
The DocuSign electronic signature app provides consumers and professionals with a simple way to electronically sign and return documents from almost anywhere in the world, using practically any device.
How much time do you spend managing all your tradeshow materials? Digging your booth, banners, monitors, collateral, swag, cables, cords and all other accessories out of the office storage closet, then creating and affixing shipping labels and arranging pick ups or dropping off materials probably isn’t the best use of your time. Now there’s DUFL Business.
Once we receive your materials (tradeshow booths, pull up banners, booth supplies, swag, collateral, etc.) they’ll photograph your items and they will appear in your DUFL Locker in the DUFL app.
Ready to ship everything to the next trip? Enter your destination, arrival date and select the photos of the items you’d like shipped. Your items will meet you at your Hotel.
All maps inside and all features are free. Always were and always will be.