Whether you’re using a laptop, tablet, or mobile device, here’s a checklist of apps and tech tips to make traveling easier.
Technology makes it possible to take the office with you wherever you go. This is annoying on, say, vacation; but it can be a lifesaver on a business trip. The last thing you want to worry about it fooling with a confusing Google search for essential details when you’re traveling, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps and tech tips to save you from missed connections, unfortunate restaurant choices and misplaced reservation confirmations. Whether you’re using a laptop, tablet, or mobile device, being prepared can help you limit stress while traveling — and maybe even bring some pleasure to even the toughest business trip.
The Tripit app is a fantastic option for anyone who likes to have all the important info right in one place. The free app version will hold itineraries, tickets, rental car confirmations, and hotel reservations so you’re never fumbling for a confirmation number from your email inbox. Download on ITunes & Google Play
Nowadays you don’t need to scan for your flight number on a wall of TVs at the airport. Tracking your flight through an app such as FlightAware Flight Tracker will give you status updates on delays, diversions, and cancellations. It will also provide push notifications so that when there’s a gate change, you’ll be notified. Download on ITunes & Google Play
Are you needing a restaurant recommendation for a business dinner or lunch with a client? Flamyngo is a free app that uses social media to get travel tips from your friends. You can use email, phone number, or Facebook to enlist suggestions on where to go, what to do, and what to avoid. You can even add your own favorite places to go to various cities for future reference. Download on ITunes
If you’re arriving late at night to your hotel or are not interested in eating out every meal, the Shipt app is great resource for saving money while traveling. Shipt is an online grocery delivery service that launched out of Birmingham, Alabama and has taken the Southeast by storm. You can use the app to make a list, schedule the order, and voila, no more ordering expensive take-out or scrounging the snack machine. Get the details (and a few travel snack ideas) from our Communications Director, Carrie Rollwagen, over on the Shipt blog. Download on ITunes & Google Play
All of the apps above are free, so go on and test out what will work for your next business trip or vacation. We hope they’ll help make your next trip more enjoyable and less stressful!