Experienced business travellers usually have their travel routine down to a science, but they still need to spend time managing various aspects of a business trip - searching for the best deals, checking the status of flights, navigating airports, booking accommodation, saving expenses.
We've compiled a list of 9 apps that can help the business traveller with all of the above, and more.
There is always the preparation phase before the trip, where you have to search for flights, hotels and car rentals.
Skyscanner – provides instant comparisons for flights, as well as car hires and hotels. It has flexible search options, and can also suggest alternative days to travel - if you have flexible travel dates, you can save some money.
Trip Advisor – you can search for and read reviews on hotels and restaurants. The reviews are not paid for by hotels/restaurants, and the plenty of photos it offers have been uploaded by travelers, rather than advertising professionals. Therefore it gives a true representation of what the place you are going to is actually like. You can save selected spots to view offline, and download city guides to view offline as well
GateGuru – displays unique data, such as airport amenity information, airport tips, and maps. It gives you information on where to eat, drink and find free Wi-Fi. Moreover, it shows how many miles you have flown and which airports you visited.
Once you have made reservations for flights, hotels and anything else, it might be a bit difficult to make sense out of all that information and to keep everything sorted. Moreover, keeping track of expenses is just as important.
TripIt – pulls together essential information from any confirmation emails that you have, and creates an easy to read, easy to share and easy to edit chronological itinerary. All you have to do is forward any travel confirmation emails (flights, hotels, etc) to email@example.com and it will create the above mentioned itinerary.
With Yahoo!, Outlook, Google Apps, or Gmail, there is no need to forward anything. TripIt gets all the info instantly and organises your trip. You can also sync the itinerary with your calendar, and access all your plans offline. Moreover, the paid Pro version offers real-time alerts for flight changes, and helps you find alternative flights.
Evernote – is a free digital notebook for notes and thoughts, providing ways to categorise all the information. You can also keep an offline backup of all travel details, as well as upload screenshots of maps and mapped directions, just for safety.
Expensify – allows you to keep track of business expenses, mileage and billable time. You simply sync all your credit and debit cards to Expensify, and the app takes care of the rest, tracking each expense as you go and providing an expense report at the end of your trip. You can also scan receipts and create an expense report on the spot.
Once you are in a new place, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for a new hotel, for a restaurant, and ATM and so on.
Hotel Tonight – What do you do when the hotel is simply not to your liking? Hotel Tonight helps you find suitable accommodation in the last minute. When hotels have unsold rooms, they load them on the app, which means you can get great deals.
FoodSpotting – allows you to find and share great dishes. Instead of finding food by restaurant, you can search by dish. You can see what’s good at any restaurant as well as learn what other people enjoy wherever you go.
AroundMe – Whether you need an ATM, a gas station, or are looking for a bar, AroundMe helps you find the nearest services based on your GPS location. It works with the likes of Booking.com, Opentable.com, FourSquare, etc.
No matter how or where you travel, having a few apps on your smartphone can help you save time, stay organised, on time and on budget.