Travelling for business can be stressful at the best of times, be it juggling an important morning presentation straight off the plane, squeezing in time to pack, or finding an office in the middle of an unknown city. The proliferation of travel based apps has seen some great developments for the business traveller, designed to take the stress out of being on the move and enhance the overall travel experience. We look at the best ones here.
If you regularly travel to multiple time zones, you’re sure to have experienced the drain of jet lag. To help your body clock adopt to new time zones, the Entrain app has been developed to help you adjust to new time zones by developing personalised schedules exposing the body to light and dark environments based on flight paths. The app uses mathematical equations to calculate human circadian rhythms and help get you on track for that important business meeting in a brand new time zone.
Entrain is available for free on the App Store.
Getting delayed at the airport with no lounge access is every business traveller’s worst nightmare. That’s where the Lounge Buddy app can help – with a one-time entry booking system for a huge database of airport lounges around the world. Lounge Buddy guides you to the best spots to do everything from catch up on work emails, freshen up in a shower, or just relax with a glass of wine.
Lounge Buddy is available for free in the App Store and Google Play store.
Packing Pro is the app for busy professionals too caught up in work to think about what needs to go into the suitcase. It works by providing a sample list of packing items to pick from and add to. There are a bunch of other handy features such as checklists and reminders for things you need to do before you leave home.
Packing Pro is available for A$4.49 NZ$4.80 in the App Store.
Imagine if you could use Google Maps overseas without getting charged through the roof for data usage? Maps.Me is the answer to this conundrum – an app that provides detailed maps of the entire world without requiring internet connection. Travellers can search for everything they need all whilst offline – from where the next meeting location is to where the nearest train station is.
Maps.Me is available for free on App Store and Google Play Store.
This app contains the world’s largest collection of Wi-Fi hotspots, including over 2 million recommended spots. It also describes whether the hotspot is a café, hotel lounge or library, so that business travelers know if they can pick up a bite to eat whilst they’re logging in to emails on the run.
Wifi Mapper is available for free on App Store and Google Play Store.
Last but not least, booking and managing travel also needs to be easy and stress-free, which means choosing a platform that gives business travellers the power to not only control where and how they travel, but also keeps head office happy. Designed specifically for small businesses, the new Serko.Travel mobile app is exactly that – the essential companion for stress-free and cost-effective travel.
serko.travel will be available for free on App Store and Google Play Store soon.