As you prep for your next business trip, or when you’re chilling in the airport terminal, consider using some of our favorite tricks and short-cuts to smooth out the journey.
Before You Fly
SeatGuru shows photos and customer reviews of actual seats and in-flight amenities on the route you’re booked on! Learn from someone else’s mistake and choose the best seat on the plane
LoungeBuddy lets you browse photos of 800+ of the busiest airports in the world, and also details the lounge offerings, along with reviews from other travelers. If you decide to buy a pass, you can buy it through the app for instant access.
AwardWallet keeps track of your loyalty program balances. This app allows you to view your frequent flyer miles as well as your hotel and credit card points all in one place. You can check your balance at any time, even if you're not online.
On the Ground
Parkwhiz will help you find a parking space in a secure garage or parking lot in 160 different cities nationwide. Shop around to find the best rates available and reserve in advance.
GasBuddy locates the closest & cheapest gas stations and provides updated pricing. Enter their daily drawing for a chance to win $100 in free gas!
Waze combines driving directions with traffic and accident reports sourced from other drivers. It calculates the fastest route according to your parameters, and offers alternate routes if something pops up en route. Driving to a meeting in a new city can be stressful – don’t miscalculate your morning drive on the day of your presentation.
Uber is the giant in the ride-sharing world with availability in 500+ global cities, and the single most expensed vendor in business travel. Uber can help navigate a country not known for trustworthy transportation options.
Lyft is why there’s Pepsi in a Coke world. Some people want to use the competitor. Lyft does car-sharing by matching travelers to others who are already heading the same way and promises 60% cheaper fares than Uber.
Get Your Work Done
WiFi Anywhere shows where you can find free wireless connections nearby. The app shows available WiFi hotspots, along with download and DNS speed.
Evernote makes it easy to write up and organize notes while you're in a meeting or simply away from your desk. You can sync the app across all your devices to access your notes whenever you need them.
Skype keeps you connected to family & friends with free video calls and messaging. You can also set up a video conference with up to 10 people if you need to host a meeting.
Yelp provides crowd-sourced restaurant reviews and photos of popular menu items. A great help when inviting potential clients to lunch, or treating yourself when the workday is over. Directions are pulled up in Google Maps, so you’d better get that app too!
ClassPass is a monthly fitness membership that gives you access to local gyms and studios where you’re traveling. You can use credits in your hometown as well.
Goby pinpoints cultural hot spots like museums, hotels, eateries, and more located within your vicinity. It also tracks nearby events like concerts, plays, and more. Take some time for yourself on your next business trip.
Navigate a Foreign Land
XE is the go-to app for currency conversion. It stores the last updated exchange rates so it works even when the Internet doesn’t.
The OANDA currency converter is another useful exchange calculator that factors in the typical ATM rate (2%) or credit card rate (3%) into the conversion.
Duolingo is a free language learning app to give you the basics, or to keep your previous knowledge fresh. Just like a computer game, Duolingo guides you through levels that you need to complete before advancing and you earn experience points along the way.
Google Translate can rapidly translate whole paragraphs of text or even the spoken word. Simply say a phrase in English, and Google Translate will repeat your words in the foreign language of your choice.
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