May 22 2012 by Mike Mason
Advancements in travel gadgets over the past ten years have made business travel a lot less stressful and no gadgets have had a bigger impact than smart phones and tablets. Armed with the right apps these devices can provide their owners with tools that once would have taken an entire suitcase to fill. Here are few great travel apps that will help you get the most out of your smart phone or tablet:
FlightTrack Pro ($9.99)
Need a tool to help you stay up-to-date on your flights? The FlightTrack Pro app keeps you in the know with real-time status changes to flight details, including delays, gates, and cancellations via push notifications. All you have to do is import your airline flight confirmation via email. FlightTrack Pro can also help you predict delays with airports warnings and historical delay forecasts. If you find yourself needing to change your flight plans due to delays or cancellations, FlightTrack Pro also allows you to find other flight options with simple touch of the screen.
Xpense Tracker (4.99)
Xpense Tracker is a great app if you are looking to organize business expenses for tax purposes or reimbursement. The app allows you to track all your airfare, mileage, food, lodging, and other expense right on your phone and combine them into an expense report. With your phone's camera you can make copies of all your receipts and attach them to the expenses. From there you can export the expense report in plain text or CSV format for import into Excel or Numbers.
Urban Spoon (Free)
Looking for an amazing sushi restaurant in downtown Miami, but not familiar with the area? Urban Spoon serves as your personal concierge in finding the closest, hottest, or best deal in town. Search by type of food, location, price, popularity and read critics' reviews and other patron's recommendations.
If you're really feeling adventurous use the apps "shake" option and your phone will select a restaurant for you based on your parameters.
LogMeIn Ignition ($129.99)
LogMeIn Ignition isn't the cheapest app around, but if the expense isn't an issue it's a great tool for the businessperson on the go. The app allows your phone or tablet to control your computer remotely and gives you access to all your files and applications on that computer. LogMeIn Ignition also allows you to transfer and save files, print files, attach files to emails, manage photos, and stream HD video and sound between your device and computer.
Best Western to Go (Free)
Best Western to Go is the ultimate app for itinerary planning and hotel booking. Powered by TripIt, the app's "My Trips" feature allows you to forward all your travel confirmations to TripIt and the app combines all your plans into a single trip itinerary. Best Western to Go also lets you find and book rooms at any of the thousands of Best Western hotels worldwide, check your reservations, view your rewards, and connect with Best Western via Twitter or Facebook.
Do you use any of these or other travel apps to optimize your business travel? Tell us about them in the comments below.