Whether you’re going for business or pleasure, traveling can be a headache for anyone. From planning to packing, there’s so much that needs to be done before you fly, it’s hard to keep from going crazy. Did you remember to pack the toothpaste? Where did you put your boarding pass? These are all common questions one might ask while standing in the security line prior to a flight. Luckily, over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge of handy mobile and tablet apps that make business travel easier to navigate.
Gone are the days of booking your flight directly through your airline. These days, you simply need to login to Expedia or Travelocity to compare ticket prices. Perhaps you’re so enthusiastic about your business trip to Los Angeles that you want to book the flight from your car. Well, rejoice! Thanks to Kayak’s new mobile app, you can do everything from booking your flight to reserving a hotel room. The interface for the app is clean and easy on the eyes. One of the coolest features from the app was the friend tracker. It allows you to find exactly where your travel buddy is located in the airport as you travel. Of course, your friend needs to turn this feature on, but it’s great to know the technology exists.
Remember when you would return to the office from a long trip and the office manager would ask for your expense receipts? Thanks to Expensify, you no longer have to carry 300 dining receipts when you travel out of town. With Expensify, you can simply scan your receipts with your mobile device and it will automatically input the key figures. From there, it will upload the data to your company’s database. The app also allows you to track mileage and run reports in PDF format. Right now, the app is free for personal use and available on iPhone, Android, BB, and Palm.
We’ve all been there before – stuck in a new city with no access to the internet. Lucky for you, you recently downloaded Wi-Fi Finder from JiWire. With this app, you have the ability to search for public Wi-Fi spots anywhere in the world. You can also search for nearby Wi-Fi Hotspots and get turn-by-turn directions to their locations. This is perfect for road warriors who don’t necessarily want to trek down to the nearest Panera or Starbucks to use their public hotspot. The service also allows you to filter the Wi-Fi results by Free, Paid, or Both which is very handy. Overall, the app is easy to use and received great reviews online. The app is now on its second Version and available for Android and iPhone for free!
So you’ve bought your ticket, reserved your rental car, and called ahead to schedule your massage, when you realize you’ve forgotten the most important part – packing. Currently available on the app market is a great tool called Packing Pro that promises to make the daunting task easier to bear. The app allows you to create custom lists of items to pack for your trip. The best part is that you can create lists for different travel profiles from business to personal. You can break down the list into categories such as pre-trip, essentials, and gadgets so you don’t forget the basics. Once you’ve packed the item, you simply check it off the list. Right now the app is available on iOS devices for $2.99.
If you’re like me and can’t stand the aisle seat, make sure you download SeatGuru by TripAdvisor. This app was recently updated in March and provides real-time flight alerts and airline recommendations. The best part is that it allows you to see a seat chart for your plane so you get the best spot. All you need is your airline, flight number, and the date you’ll be flying and it will give you a list of flight segments. From there you can pull up the aircraft you’ll most likely be flying on and select your seat. The good news is that the app is free. The bad news is that it’s only available for iPhones.