Whether you’re a frequent business traveler or you venture out for a business trip only on occasion, these ten apps can make your business travel experience a whole lot easier. Most of these apps will work on both the iPhone and iPad; some are also available for Android and Blackberry phones:
This app will transform your phone or tablet into a personal arrivals and departures board, providing real-time information for 4,00 airports and 1,400 airlines around the world.
2. FlightTrack Pro
With FlightTrack you can see that status of more than 5,000 flights and 1,400 airports worldwide in real-time Use this handy app to keep tabs on your flight and be informed about departure and arrival or gate changes before you get to the airport. If your flight or itinerary has been altered then you can even search for alternative flights and connections.
GateGuru is a godsend for anyone who has to spend a significant amount of time in airports. This free app helps travelers locate the best food, shopping, and service options by airport terminal in over 150 airports worldwide. It also includes user reviews and other helpful tips.
4. Hotel Tonight
Have a sudden change of itinerary or an unexpected layover? Use this extremely useful app to book a room at a local hotel at deeply discounted rates. Though the service’s range is a bit limited as of yet (Hotel Tonight only operates in 13 major U.S. Cities), chances are it will expand, maybe even globally, in the future.
5. Wi-Fi Finder
This free service and app developed by JiWire, allows users to search a database of over 500,000 free and paid Wi-Fi locations in 142 countries. Results can also be filtered by location type (ie cafe, airport, library, and even the beach).
6. Word Lens
At first glance, Word Lens may seem like a trick, some unseen sleight of hand. But in reality it’s an amazingly useful app- especially if you are traveling to a Spanish speaking country with limited knowledge of the Spanish language. Just hold your camera up to a sign or some other text that is written in Spanish and it will instantly translate it and show you an English version of the same sign or text. According to the app’s developer, Quest Visual, more languages are coming soon. It’s definitely one to watch out for if you are a frequent international traveler.
What do you do when nature calls and you find yourself in some far-flung country or airport? This free app comes to the rescue with it’s extensive location-based database of public toilets and restrooms. Facilities are even reviewed and rated for cleanliness.
Yelp is the go-to social networking platform for business and service listings, with an extensive user review and reputation system (it even includes some non-business type locations, such as parks). Now, with their mobile app, you can have it all on your smartphone.
Kayak allows you to search hundreds of online travel sites, such as Expedia and Travelocity for the best deals on flights, car rentals, and hotels by destination. Kayak has access to 100,00 hotels worldwide and local Kayak sites in 14 countries.
10. Google Maps
Google Maps has become one of the most used and well-known instant mapping and geo-location platforms. Now, it can double as your GPS system complete with turn-by-turn voice guidance. Lately, they’ve also added some really cool features, such as 3D maps and offline capabilities. And best of all, it’s free.