Business travellers need apps that improve their ability to get work done on the go, to navigate quickly from point A to point B, to stay organized and to access their information and documents securely. Here are 8 must-have apps selected with the business traveller in mind.
With the rapid-expansion of Uber’s service area to cities all over the world, no business traveller can afford to be without this app. Airport service is available in many cities within moments of requesting a car, and users have the ability to track their route in real time – not only does this take some of the stress out of travelling in an unfamiliar city, but it also makes it easier to let colleagues know your arrival time. Detailed electronic receipts are automatically provided to make reimbursements a snap. Free, iOS and Android
One of the best features of Google’s translation app is the ability to take a picture of text for an instant translation on the go. Best if you have internet access, but offline camera translation is available for several languages. Free, iOS and Android
With a bit of planning, Evernote can help you keep all of your information about everything in one place, always. With an Evernote account, you can sync your information across multiple devices. Easy access to documents, emails, images and other files – offline access requires a paid account, which also comes with generous online storage. When paired with Penultimate, hand-written notes can be added to Evernote notebooks. Paired with Scannable, you can also scan business cards and other documents straight to Evernote. Basic account is free, iOS and Android
One of the original PDF readers, Goodreader is still a must-have for reviewing, annotating, and sharing PDF files. Digital signatures are a snap. It also acts as a robust file manager for documents on your device. $4.99, iOS
Not only does Dropbox allow you to access your files on the go, but it also allows you to easily share documents with colleagues for viewing or collaboration. Free (with upgradable storage options) for iOS and Android
Like Dropbox, Google Drive allows you to share, view, and collaborate on files with other Google Drive users.
Until recently, many were left with little choice but to use Apple’s Pages or Numbers apps for work on the go. Now, the Office suite is available for users of iOS and Android, allowing you to read, create and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents from your device. Basic accounts are free for devices with screens smaller than 10.1 inches, with additional features available with an Office 365 subscription.
No one wants to pay roaming charges if they can avoid it – this app works offline to help you to locate the nearest wifi hotspots. There are over 140,000 spots registered in 140 countries for iOS users, and almost 3 times that many for Android users.
With these apps, business travel is sure to be productive and efficient!