Traveling for business can often be a pleasure but it can also be a big pain, but today you have all the necessary tools to make your vacation a breeze. Whether it’s accessing an easy transit guide anywhere in the world, to get through immigration, reading a pop up notification about security lines, or mastering the airport wait, sure enough, there really is an app for that.
Here are the 10 must-have apps that business travellers shouldn’t live without,
TripIt lets you store all of your travel plans, including information about your itinerary, hotel, and car rental bookings in one convenient location. It can import this information direct from your email box, and you can easily share your travel plans with your family and friends. It’ll even add your trips to your calendar.
If you travel a lot, or even if you simply want an easy way to share your travel plans with people you know, give Tripit a try.
When it comes to traveling, nothing counts more than the weather forecast. WeatherPro gives you a good overview of the weather situation in each of your destinations.
3. Google Translate
Never fear getting lost in translation again wherever you are, thanks to Google Translate. The app has been helping travelers interact in just about every language for years, just by speaking into your phone and instantly having it translated to a foreign language. Now, Google Translate is “offline” allowing you to use it even without phone service or roaming charges. Muy bien!
Here’s one great companion for everyone who flies a lot! GateGuru summarizes your flight itinerary into a simple yet beautiful interface. This way you don’t have to sit at your gate in anticipation of a gate change; just have GateGuru with you and you can be sure to know of any amendments to your flight schedule.
What’s really cool about this app is the “stats” feature: you can see how many hours you’ve spent at airports, in planes, and in other places.
If you are looking to get around your destination quick and efficiently, without having to pay a fortune for car rentals or taxis, Uber is the app for you. Uber is like having a private driver at the palm of your hand. When you want to go somewhere, all you have to do is pick the type of Uber (Black Car, SUV, UberX, UberPool), your location/destination, and then click “Request” (Yes, it is really that simple).
Uber also lets you call the driver if needed, split the cost with others riding with you, and calculate the fare before even riding. To help save money, Uber is always looking to offer very affordable rides at the tap of a button.
6. Hotel Tonight
Hotel Tonight is the bridge between hotels and travelers, and allows hotels to sell last-minute inventory, and travelers to book a room on the same day of arrival (in case you forgot to book beforehand, your hotel is overbooked, or you simply are feeling adventurous and traveling without room reservations).
The app allows you to browse many world cities and find great places to stay with just five clicks on your phone.
Don’t know the area you are in? No problem—get the AroundMe app. AroundMe analyzes businesses and services in your vicinity and helps you find what you need: banks, hospitals, hotels, gas stations, coffee shops, and much more. Once you’ve mapped your target, you can use the directions feature to get there without getting lost.
If you’re a frequent flier or you know you’re going to have a long layover somewhere, having a spot to relax, nosh on some tasty food, and have a little drink while you wait for your next flight may appeal to you.
Almost every airport in the world has lounges that are off-limits to the general public but open to people who have certain perks. Don’t worry, though, lounges aren’t just for the rich and famous — you may have the needed perks to get in without even knowing it, and that’s where LoungeBuddy comes in.
Hopper takes the guesswork out of flight booking, particularly if you have a little flexibility. The free app lets you quickly search for a flight using your current location. Color coding shows price ranges for given dates, so it’s easy to spot cheaper options. When we used it to find flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco, it uncovered a few dates with much lower fares. Hopper also predicts the best time to buy tickets and sends push notifications when prices drop.
10. XE Currency
When you want to know how many pesos your dollar is worth while you’re in Mexico, XE Currency, an app from the makers of the trusted currency exchange site, XE.com, will let you know in an instant.
XE Currency updates its rates every minute, so you always have the most accurate information, and it can also be used offline using saved data — no internet? No problem.