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Travelling for work can be tough. You are often on the go, rushing between meetings and departure times, and struggling to find time to sit and get some actual work done. To make the most of your business trips, it’s important to be organised and efficient. Years ago, this probably meant carrying around a heavy suitcase with documents and your day timer. Luckily, in the 21 st century there is so much technology to help make travelling, and especially travelling for business, much easier. Here are 9 tools and apps that can make travelling for work a breeze.
Before you go anywhere, you have to book all of your flights, hotels, and rentals. Skyscanner can help you find the best price for all of those necessities, and keep receipts and itineraries within the app for easy access. This one is especially handy for last-minute trips, as it can quickly find the best prices and availability without much hassle.
Gate Guru gives you everything you need at the airport. With it, you’ll be aware of how long the security lines are, how far you’ll have to walk to get to your gate after checking your bag, and even where you can find places to charge your phone. It will provide up to date information on departure and gate changes, so you won’t be left behind. It has handy maps that provide maps and hours of operation for restaurants and stores in the airport, meaning you’ll never find yourself lost with a flight to catch.
Handshake is a perfect app for those who regularly travel to trade shows to drum up sales and connections. It facilitates order processing, and provides real-time information on sales and other updates to the team back to home base. It will also provide information on any client’s previous purchases and the sales teams involved. The app also allows the user to create business to business portals to help connect to more clients and retailers.
The Knomad Mini is a folio case to keep all your business travel essentials in one place. While you’re running around on the go, you can make sure to have your 8-inch tablet, passport, credit cards, and cash safely on your person. It also has spots to store a USB and a pen, so you have them available in a pinch. Another cool thing is that the folio is implanted with a code unique to the owner, so anyone who finds it can look up online to find the user.
It is very tough to eat healthy when you’re visiting places with which you’re not familiar. YumPower helps to solve that problem. This app provides locations and menus from restaurants recommended by the dieticians at Healthy Dining. You can choose different options, such as low-calorie or vegetarian, and the app provides ratings on each establishment from other users.
Technology is wonderful. There are things we can do now that we simply could not just a few short years ago. With a portable scanner, you can scan documents and send them via wifi to a Dropbox or another cloud storage app. Because of the cloud connection, there is no need for a computer or laptop. These scanners are also powered by battery, so it’s usable no matter where you are.
There are plenty of situations when we might need to sign documents electronically when on the road. PandaDoc not only lets you sign electronic documents, but also lets you send proposals and sales quotes. It can also help connect teams and improve sharing work amongst them. It can be used on any device, so you can close deals easily and at any time.
Sometimes you might have to leave very quickly, and with a busy work and home life, you may not have much time to pack. Or maybe you know that you won’t have time to wait for your bags at the airport when you arrive. Dufl is an app that takes all the effort away. You store your clothes virtually, and when you’re ready, you ask Dufl’s wardrobe concierge to send an appropriate outfit to your destination. Not only that, but it will be clean and pressed, and you can leave the clothes at the hotel to be picked up.
When we travel for work, we definitely don’t want to pay for it, do we? Concur makes it easy to track and export expense reports for approval electronically. It tracks all your expenses, and even syncs with your corporate credit card to itemise every purchase. It keeps a running tab of all your expenses, so you know how much you’ve spent as you travel, so you don’t have to add up receipts before buying dinner.
Travelling for work can be a vitally important part of your job. Make sure you use all the tools possible to make your trips easy and efficient.