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Our Favorite Free Travel Apps take the Work out of Business Trips

Whether you’re using a laptop, tablet, or mobile device, here's a checklist of apps and tech tips to make traveling easier.

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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.

Organize Your Trip Beforehandtripit-app

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

Other great options for Travel planning: TripAdvisor (free; iOS, Android) and TripCase (free; iOS, Android)

Track Your Flightflightaware-tracker-app

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

Other options for flight tracking: App in the Air (free, iOS, Android) and GateGuru (free; iOS, Android)

Crowdsource Things to Do in Townflamyngo-app

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

Other options for things to do/where to eat: Time Out (free, iOS, Android) and Yelp (free, iOS, Android)

Bonus app for Long-term Staysshipt_app

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!

About Mary Katherine

A born organizer and go-getter, Mary Katherine is a wizard when it comes to deciphering scheduling apps and puzzling our complicated schedules together so projects get done right — and right on time. She can coorelate, catalog and coordinate with the best of them, and her experience as a web designer and forays into the world of SEO mean she can come in with the assist on projects big and small. Mary Katherine worked in theater in New York City before coming to Infomedia; if all the world’s a stage, we’re glad she’s shined her spotlight back in Birmingham.

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