A lot needs to go right to make sure that a business trip is successful. The more preparation you put into it, the better your chances are. These apps and gadgets give your trips the best support you could ask for.
A flight app that gives you control
While you may have your flights and meetings precisely set up for most efficient use of your time, flight delays can get in the way. This is where the app Flight Tracker comes in. It helps you stay on top of your flights. With this app on your phone, you don’t need you look up flight status announcements by the airlines; it tracks GPS information for every airliner in the skies, and gives you a heads-up long before a flight may become delayed. You get to make alternative arrangements. Every time you’re in a hurry to catch a flight, the app even gives you real-time notifications, the best route to take to the airport and boarding gate information if you’re there. At a dollar for the paid version, this is an app to not miss.
When there’s no flight in sight
No matter how hard you try, sometimes, you do find yourself at an airport, with the earliest flight out hours away. If you’re a frequent flier, you’re bound to have access to a lounge somewhere; how do you know which one?
You don’t have to thumb through all your frequent flyer accounts and credit cards to find out which lounges they are good for. Instead, you only need to plug all the information that you have into Lounge Buddy. When you need a lounge, it tells what the best choices are for your location. If all that’s available are paid lounges, it even tells you which ones the best choices are.
When a place to stay for the night, and not a lounge, is what you need, Hotel Tonight, a popular app among business travelers, offers last-minute discount deals at hotels around airports.
You always need weather information
Unexpected weather can test the best-planned trip. If you don’t want complications, you need an intelligent and reliable weather app working for you. Weather Live Free, a weather app for Android phones, is a popular product that offers highly accurate forecasting, and information on current conditions.
Most apps work on the premise that you’re willing to be your own travel agent, tapping the information available online on your own when you need to put a trip together. Lola, a travel app, takes a different path. It gives you access to knowledgeable travel agents when you need them. Whatever you may need during a trip — rental cars, hotels, flights or anything else — you get to chat with a real travel agent, and your problems are sorted out instantly.
Make sure that you’re well-supplied with technology
A large part of the tech industry aims itself squarely at the business market, hoping to build a product that eases life for the business traveler. It’s important to choose wisely, however. There’s only so much room in a suitcase, after all.
Pebble smart watches: While there is plenty of choice when it comes to smart watches, Pebble has the right idea when it makes sure that its products have seven-day batteries, even when they stay connected to your phone the whole time.
A blazer for your tech: You might ordinarily carry all your mobile tech on your person, and not in a separate bag. ScotteVest makes a blazer for the tech-savvy business traveler. With about two dozen pockets, it fits every kind of tech product, and also manages to look stylish.
When it comes to the right tech accessories for your business trip, research is key. These products offer knowledge, experience and convenience in a neat package.
Andrew Fray is a busy guy running his own tech company. When time permits he enjoys sharing his success stories, tips and offering a little help within the community.