Business travellers need to be well equipped while travelling. Smartphones have made their life a bit easy with a whole lot of applications which can reduce their stress and act as a companion during trips. Here’s a list of eight applications which is a must haves for these globetrotters.
Evernote can be considered as a perfect companion for business travelers. It drives productivity by allowing the traveller to take notes, pictures and even voice recordings from his smartphone that can then be stored, accessed and keyword searched on any device. Because it syncs everything up, one can effectively work on the go.
TripIt organises travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place. This app makes it easy for the travellers to organise and share their trips. Simply by forwarding a confirmation emails from anywhere, the app will automatically creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. While travelling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travellers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveller points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. This easy-to-access and user friendly surely features in the must have app for a business traveller.
Skype is one of the most important app for a business traveller as one can hold a Skype conference or stay in touch with their family while away on business tours. Video- and phone-calling service in Skype is available in HD quality on every platform and even on many new TVs. It is one of the most easiest way to reach loved ones via Wi-Fi, which is usually complimentary in most of the hotels around the world.
Business travellers may sometimes travel to non-English speaking countries. Communication barrier is one of the major challenges in such a situation. With around 64 languages available for written and spoken translation, Google Translate is easy to use, and one of the best companions. This application also offers language packs for Android users that can be accessed offline.
Business travellers must always be aware of the current value of the country where they is travelling. A slight change in the value can affect their entire budget. XE Currency app calculates and makes conversions instantly using around 180 plus worldwide currencies. One can also access live foreign exchange rates, up-to-date currency news as well as historical rates. This app also has a feature where one can create and track comparison charts, and get help to calculate prices even in remote areas.
Uber is a ridesharing service which is present in over 200 cities around the world. The company uses a smartphone application to arrange rides between riders and drivers. Travellers can use the app to request rides and track their reserved vehicle’s location. The application also has features like Fare Quote where one can roughly find what your trip will cost before you request. Just set your pickup location, enter a destination, and tap Fare Quote- the app will automatically calculate an approximate amount.
This app can be termed as one of the most important app for a business traveller. Usually, business travellers visit destinations with which they are not familiar. Google Maps can act a life saviour when it comes to finding a particular location. Right from convention centres to office buildings to eateries, Google Maps can locate any place within seconds.
Knowing about the weather of a location beforehand is extremely important for a traveller. This application can help a traveller to plan his schedules and protect his business by being well informed about the future weather updates. AccuWeather provides hourly and minute by minute forecasts with accuracy for nearly three million locations worldwide, with customised content and engaging video presentations.
P.S: Use a smartphone with a good battery life, else these applications can be of no use.