Business travelFrom the outside looking in, some people might say that you’re very lucky that you get to travel so much for your job. Whether you’re attending conferences or visiting with clients and suppliers, you could be flying across the country or around the world on a fairly regular basis. Business travel can be very pragmatic and utilitarian. You might go straight from the airport to your hotel to your meeting and then back home again.

Or you can capitalize on the rich opportunity your company has provided you and make the most of your business trip. There’s more to visiting Houston, Hong Kong or Holland than simply attending your sales presentation. In addition to the many useful travel sites, you’ll want to load up your smartphone with these handy mobile apps too.

Bravolol Phrasebook

Parlez-vous francais? Como estas? Danke schoen.

Parlez-vous francais? Como estas? Danke schoen.


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While perhaps not quite as important when you’re staying within the United States and Canada, translation apps are an absolute must when traveling abroad. As great as Google Translate might be, it requires an active Internet connection to function properly. The Bravolol Phrasebook, on the other hand, can work offline too. Get all the basic phrases you need, from handling emergency situations to asking for directions. Supported languages include French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Arabic and more.

CityMaps2Go

Get offline maps for wherever you might go

Get offline maps for wherever you might go


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Never get lost again. Or even if you do get lost, you’ll be able to find a great nearby cafe to caffeinate or an attraction to pass the time. Like the Bravolol Phrasebook app, CityMaps2Go also works in offline mode. This way, you can still get the directions and information you need, even if you don’t have an active Internet connection. Get recommendations and reviews from your fellow travelers, so you’ll know where is the best place to take your prospective client for an affordable yet elegant business lunch.

Google Trips

The most comprehensive business travel app from Google

The most comprehensive business travel app from Google


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The culmination of several years of work, Google Trips is the newest app on this list and it leverages the incredible power of Google to organize everything about your business travel needs. If you’re getting your hotel and flight confirmations sent to your Gmail, they will automatically populate your itinerary, including updates about delays and changes. Create day plans that suit your interests and available time. And best of all, the core functionality remains intact when you are offline too.

Meetup

Find the local meetups for people in your industry

Find the local meetups for people in your industry


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The main purpose of your business travel can be any number of things, but it is in your best professional interest to leverage every opportunity you can get. This includes the huge power of face-to-face networking with other people in your industry. Connect with other like-minded people by searching for meetups at your destination. Bring your business cards, shake a few hands, make a few introductions, and demonstrate your value. Expanding your professional network is always a good idea and meetups are a great way to meet other people. This is especially useful if you find yourself in an industry hub, like at a tech meetup in San Francisco.

RunGo

Explore your destination on foot

Explore your destination on foot


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Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you should be completely abandoning your fitness plan. The hotel gym may have some basic equipment for you to sweat it out, but isn’t it so much better if you get to go out and see the city you’re visiting? Discover the best jogging routes with the RunGo app. You don’t need to remember where to go, since you are provided with advanced voice navigation and the data is available offline once the routes are downloaded. Track and log your runs, including time, distance, elevation and calories burned. Running along the boardwalk or river is certainly more interesting that staring at a beige wall while jogging on a treadmill.

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