Who doesn’t like a good business trip, right? I spend a lot of time every year traveling from place to place, and there are some apps that make business travel—and vacations—easier. There is nothing worse than getting to the airport late, bad restaurant choices and run-down hotel rooms, making your weekend away a chore.
Keep your business trip organized. For this, TripIt is the best app out there. Just input your flight info, car rental and hotel info and the app fills in the rest. You’ll know your flight arrival time, what time you’ll get to the car rental and what time you’ll arrive at your hotel. When you tell the app what time you have to be at a meeting, it will tell you what time to leave the hotel and offer easy access to directions.
Eat well. The number of apps available to help you find restaurants and reviews is endless. There are the usual suspects, such as Yelp and Urbanspoon, but if you haven’t tried FoodSpotting yet, you are in for a treat. What I like most about this app is that helps you choose what to eat instead of where to eat.
Get a good night’s rest. Chances are you’ll be staying at a Marriott or other large hotel chain, especially if you are attending a conference or trade show there. TripAdvisor‘s app allows you to read traveller reviews on hotel accommodations. In addition to the reviews, members upload photos of the rooms and common areas that give you a very clear picture of where you’ll be staying.
Get home in one piece. Need to book a flight fast? Kayak is great for looking up airfares from multiple airlines quickly. You can compare car rental costs as well. Even if your company is picking up the tab, saving a few bucks is totally worth getting on the CFO’s good side.
What are your favorite apps when you’re on the go? Let us know.