Business travel is a super exciting opportunity. It gives you the chance to explore interesting places, expand your professional network on a global scale and identify important market trends.
However, when you’ve got big business meetings to prep for, life on the road can become challenging and stressful.
So for those of you in need of some assistance, here are five of the best apps for business travel.
If there’s one thing that can get your trip off to a bad start, it’s the stress of getting to the airport on time.
Enter Waze – a nifty navigation app that helps find you the quickest route to the airport (or any other destination), provides you with an accurate ETA and automatically re-routes if any delays crop up.
And if you’re running low on gas, it even shows you the cheapest fuel points along your route.
Travel Tip: Find airport parking on comparison site Looking4.com – it has deals for US hubs like Miami and Memphis.
When you’re busy with business meetings, keeping track of your spending can be difficult. This is where Expensify comes in – it keeps track of all your travel spending.
Simply snap a pic of your receipt and this lovely little app will automatically transcribe the details. It can even send your expenses to your employer for approval and reimbursement.
Travel Tip: Keep paper copies of your receipts too so you always have a backup in your carry-on luggage.
App in the Air
App in the Air is a godsend for the busy business traveler because it keeps track of your important travel docs – boarding passes, itineraries, loyalty programs.
It has some high-tech features too, which include a scanner that measures your bag to ensure that it meets cabin size requirements and an AR globe which charts your business journeys.
Travel tip: If you’re not an airline member, book into an airport lounge on Lounge Buddy.
Foursquare City Guide
The Foursquare City Guide app is ideal for those rare bits of downtime during your business trip.
You can use the app to find the tastiest places to eat and coolest things to do in your destination, as well as top tips from fellow travelers.
Plus, you can save details of the places you visit to the app and rate them too, and benefit from hyper-personalized recommendations on future trips.
Travel tip: No matter how busy you are during your travels, find time to do at least one fun, non-work-related activity.
WiFi finder does exactly what it says on the tin – finds you the closest WiFi hotspots, so you can stay connected and on top of your work.
All of the WiFi networks on the database are secure and you can search for them in offline mode – what more could you ask for?
Travel tip: If internet access is an absolute essential for you, consider investing in a portable wi-fi device such as the Skyroam Solis X.