Not that long ago, business travellers faced a huge number of obstacles and inconveniences. Booking a flight, finding a good meal, and even preparing for the local weather made many a worker-on-the-go groan internally and dread departure.
But these days, business travel can be a breeze with the help of a few handy apps. We’ve chosen 10 of our favourites that we think can make life easier for you frequent flyers. And who knows, maybe these will even save you enough time so that you can actually get out and experience a new and exciting city!
If you fly often and need to book your own flights, SkyScanner will make your life a whole lot easier. This app will help you find the cheapest flights, searching through over a thousand different airlines. Not only is it fast, giving you results in a matter of seconds, but it’s also free!
Need a ride? Uber can help you out by summoning a driver to your location. There’s no need to make a phone call or even know an address, because the app uses your phone’s GPS. You also don’t need to exchange cash, because you can set up an account that pays automatically. Uber now operates in 120 cities and 37 countries, so check it out next time you find yourself working in a new city.
Finding a good place to have dinner can be problematic when you’re on the road. Avoid the hassle by installing OpenTable, an app that’s chock-full of features designed to make dining easier. You can search or browse nearby restaurants, view menus and reviews, check out available tables in real time, and even make reservations.
For those of you that travel internationally, Currency Converter can do away with those head-scratching “but how much is that to me?” moments. The app converts 165 currencies (including Bitcoin) with updates every hour to keep your results accurate. Hurrah!
Surprisingly, many people forget to check out the weather before they head to a new place. Avoid getting caught unprepared in a snowstorm without a coat by installing Blue Skies. Of course there are tons of cool weather apps out there, but Blue Skies is great because it not only has a clean and simple design, but it’s free!
Easily keep track of your travel expenses with Budget Buddy, which lets you snap photos of receipts and bills. This app is great for business travel, and especially useful for those times when important receipts mysteriously go missing.
An essential for international travel, Bing Translator lets you translate more than 40 languages using text, voice, or camera. Key features like text-to-speech capabilities and offline mode make it one valuable app! It even translates menus, which have been the bane of business travellers everywhere for years.
You’ll never have to worry about being able to access files from across the country with this app. TeamViewer lets you remotely access your computer or your coworkers’ computers, easily putting all of your work at your fingertips.
Don’t want to miss an important meeting while you’re out of town and on the go? GoToMeeting lets you join in on (or host) those meetings remotely using your phone, quickly and easily. Any materials presented on-screen in the meeting are viewable, and there’s even a chat option.
You can use TripAdvisor to book hotels of course, but it really shines when it comes to looking for nearby attractions and things to do. Business travellers don’t always have spare time to actually check out their destinations, but TripAdvisor lets you search for cool stuff that is closest to your location—just in case you get a chance to venture out!
Needless to say, there are plenty more Windows Phone time-saving apps out there designed to make life easier for business travellers.If we’ve missed any of your favourites, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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