Traveling for business is hectic enough without having to worry about all the details regarding flights, rentals and lodging. Luckily, there are dozens of apps for smartphones designed to keep you organized and working smoothly, even while on the road. If you’re carrying a BlackBerry, these apps are especially for you.
If keeping track of travel expenses is a major time zapper for you while on the road, download Concur. This app keeps track, saves and submits all your travel expenses before you even arrive back at the office. You can submit expense reports either online or with your mobile phone. Better yet, most charges can be reimbursed directly to your bank account. Concur is a free download with a 30 free trial. Subscriptions cost $8 per month. It’s part of a bigger solution for travel and expense tracking that could revolutionize your whole company.
2. BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry 10
Do you hate looking through old emails to find hotel and flight confirmation information? You’re not alone, and there’s an app for that. BlackBerry‘s own (and aptly named) BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry 10 is an all-in-one solution to help you find travel nirvana. You can book (and price check) hotels and car rentals directly into the app. It also scans your email to import travel plans booked outside the app. The user interface is clean, informative and even includes weather information for your destination(s). If you’re into that sort of thing, you can also share you travel details via social media or BlackBerry messenger without leaving the app. Best of all? The app is free to download and use.
3. Kindle for BlackBerry 10
No matter how busy a businessperson you may be, there’s bound to be some downtime on your travels. The Kindle app turns your BlackBerry into an eReader, so you can catch up on “War and Peace” or the latest bestseller while you’re on the go. If you’re feeling really productive you could read busy business periodicals as well. If you already use a Kindle, you can sync your content across devices so you never lose your place. The app is free to download and content costs vary.
Whether you’re in a new city or just in the mood for a change of pace, Yelp can help Open the app and search for a nearby business. They’ve got everything from gas stations to gastro pubs. Not so sure about visiting a new burger joint? Read the reviews to get a preview. Yelp includes addresses and phone numbers of businesses so you can can map them and, if need be, call ahead for reservations. The app is free to download and use.
What’s your favorite app for traveling? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!