Make business trips easier thanks to a host of brilliant, free apps, which can help take the stress out of travelling. By Gina Su (Founder, Gina Heart Lifestyle)
We all know that business trips demand an extra layer of work – flight plans, transportation, even prepping for meeting new people. If only there was a way to streamline these tasks on your phone… you guessed it, there’s an app for that! We found the five best apps that will super streamline your business trips, so you can go be awesome.
They call it the “all-in-one travel organizer” because you can forward all your emails (flight documents, car rentals, business meetings) to TripIt, and it will churn out a master itinerary shared on all your devices. Have peace of mind that you’ll never have to dig for that confirmation number of frequent flyer ID again. It even gives you the weather forecast, useful maps, and plops all your plans into a calendar. TripIt knows that it’s your job to make a killer impression at that business meeting, rather than be your own travel secretary.
Figuring out how to get from one place to the next should be the least of your worries during a business trip. Taxi Magic is available in over 60 cities, so you’ll always have a way around. It has a simple interface and notifications that alert you when they will arrive. The best part is the “Pick Me Up Later” feature where you can schedule a cab to get you at a specific time – no more waiting, and no more hassle.
Evernote can help you manage the two most important aspects of business: ideas and people. The web clipper allows you to extract and save online articles to all your devices for offline use. Add audio or visual annotations, from content that inspired a new business idea to your co-worker’s restaurant recommendation. Evernote also understands that business cards remain a necessary part of networking.
Take a picture of a business card with Evernote's special camera and it'll automatically create a digital version that's connected to your LinkedIn account for more background. The Evernote ScanSnap Scanner can do the same for a full stack of business cards at once. Now that’s streamlining business!
Wi-Fi access in the business world is like a puddle of water in the desert. Wi-Fi Finder helps you target places near you that offer free or paid Wi-Fi. It pinpoints every Wi-Fi spot on a map and provides directions. You can even filter by venue (café or hotel) or even by provider (AT&T or Xfinity).
Got an interview, a networking event, or a meeting with someone you met years ago? Refresh is your social personal assistant - creating simple profiles with their job titles, recent tweets, favorite sports teams, and even their most recent vacation destination. With 40 million people online, you’ll always be able to spark an engaging conversation. Save new insights for your next meeting and you’ll be on top of your networking game without memorizing everything little thing about everyone.
All these apps are free and available on your android or iOS devices. Don’t wait any longer to travel with more ease and effectiveness and rock your job!
Which other apps have you found that make business trips that little bit easier?
About the guest blogger: Gina Su is a lifestyle expert and the founder of Gina Heart Lifestyle, a site dedicated to inspiring health and happiness in others. Gina has traveled to over 56 countries and all 7 continents (including Antarctica) where she finds inspiration for her work. She is currently a PR intern at Mighty. Follow Gina on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @GinaHeartLife