At first, business travel is fun. You get to see new places, meet new people, and enjoy a whole new scene.
But then the magic starts to fade.
Early morning wake-up calls, tiring flights, and the endless traipsing between hotel rooms and the office.
While we can’t help you with your work schedule, we can make things just that little bit easier with this list of helpful sites and tool that will help you survive your business travel.
Noise-Cancelling Earphones – One of life’s simple pleasures: noise-cancelling headphones. Download some music or podcasts onto your phone and, when in transit, listen in peace, and enjoy the journey.
Google Trips – Google Trips is a one of the less well-known Google apps which helps you plan out your trip with automated suggestions for your time off during work trips. Very flexible, it quickly refreshes with new ideas and suggestions if you’d prefer different options.
XE Currency Converter – Find the true exchange rate before banks and travel money companies add their margin on top to give you their inflated buy & sell rates.
Citymapper – An alternative to Google or Apple Maps, Citymapper has gathered some high praise from the travel media and business travellers alike. It is an excellent app that makes sense of your new location and the travel options to get you from A to B.
Airbnb – Troubles with your corporate hotel booking or perhaps everything is booked out due to the latest trade fair in town? Try Airbnb for alternative accomodation. It can make for a refreshing change from all the hotels that, let’s face it, start to all look the same after a while.
Trello – Trello is an easy way to manage your workflow. Even better, it now has a mobile app that works offline. Sitting on an airplane with no internet is the perfect thinking space and Trello will help you organize your thoughts.
Pocket – Save interesting or important online articles and read them later when offline.
Boomerang for Gmail – This handy email app only works for Gmail-based accounts but it makes life much easier when out on the road. Put simple, it lets you write an email and then schedule it to send later at the time you choose. Perfect if you want to send it at a sensible hour in another time zone or to send a confirmation note an hour before your meeting in the new city.
VPN – Concerned about the data security of your laptop or phone when on public WiFi networks at airports and hotels? Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way around the problem. As an added bonus, VPNs can also let you watch public online media from other countries that are normally restricted to people residing within that country.
Blinkist – Billing itself as offering ‘insights in 15 minutes’, the Blinkist subscription service summarises the best business books for you in both text and audio format so you can develop your career no matter where you are in the world.
Headspace – The meditation and mindfulness app that has taken the world by storm. There are many sessions to choose from to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Netflix – The mega entertainment service has a wide range of programs and movies to choose from to help you unwind from busy day days of travel and work. The mobile app lets you download your favourite shows for a limited time so you can watch them when offline – perfect for that long haul flight.
My Fitness Pal – Many people find that their eating deteriorates when travelling for work. My Fitness Pal is one easy way to deal with this problem as it keeps you focussed on your food intake. You can track your calories and ingredients and log your health activities.
Freeletics – Another way to stay healthy whilst travelling for business is to work out regularly and efficiently. Physical training not only helps to get in better shape but you’ll also be more focused during your work day. The Freeletics app helps you to do so – even without a gym and any extra weights.
Travel Tools – Share Your Thoughts
Travel for work can be tiring but it can be made easier with many apps and services.
Try them out and tell us what you think.