November 21 2011 by Bryson Forbes
I am officially an "Apple" guy after two recent purchases. The first purchase was my new MacBook Pro (which I am using to write this blog) and the latest was my new iPhone 4S, my third generation. I was one of the 4 million consumers who rushed out on the first weekend and bought the new device.
Apple and iPhone have a done a masterful job lately demonstrating that their products are not just fun toys but well suited for the business crowd. I remember having a debate a while back with a friend who happens to be a lawyer. At the time, she felt that the white-collar crowd would never embrace the iPhone. I actually took a picture about a week later as our doctor used his iPhone to create a prescription, which he then sent wirelessly to a printer - and voila a literate prescription!
While there are many examples of iPhone apps that help the business crowd be more productive and efficient, and here are my favourite three travel apps for the Canadian corporate traveler. Best of all, they are absolutely free to download!
1. Best Western to Go
With 'Best Western to Go' you can find locations and make reservations for any Best Western hotel worldwide, track details of your trip and share your trip with friends and family, which you can do via email or even Facebook. Make sure to add your Best Western Rewards membership to your profile to help ensure you are collecting valuable points along the way. It is also available for Android and iPad.
CAA has three great apps allowing CAA Members to access everything from Member exclusive savings, to roadside assistance to even the ability to map a trip using their iPhone. Check out all three:
- CAA Triptik App
- CAA Savings App
- CAA Roadside App
All three are also available on Android, Blackberry and iPad.
3. Air Canada
The Air Canada mobile app allows you to search and purchase flights, view flight details, select your seat and share your itinerary with family and friends. The app is a perfect travel companion for the business traveller and will ensure you are alerted of any changes or delays.
These are just three of the apps that I use frequently when on the road, but I would love to hear which apps help you feel like a local when travelling. Please drop us a line with your favourite app and why.