This summer has been a crazy summer full of travel for me. I have yet to spend five consecutive days in the office in the last three months. This means fewer days to achieve the tasks I need to achieve. It also means more time planning my trips.
Unfortunately, I can’t stay on top of my tasks if I have to spend more time planning my trips. So, I had to find a way to maximize my time at the office while minimizing my time spent preparing to travel. The answer to my travel problem was technology.
We have the privilege of living in the era of apps. “There’s an app for that.” It’s true; there is almost an app for everything. I use many apps for travel. Below is a list of my favorite apps and technology, to ease my planning pains and improve my efficiency on the road.
Tripit – My EA from eaHelp recommended this app to me and it has literally replaced the large manila folder I used to carry. Tripit can keep all your travel information in one place. It keeps your airline ticket confirmation, digital boarding pass, and can even let you know if your flight is delayed. On a recent trip I couldn’t find my hotel. The address was in Tripit with a map and their phone number, how cool!
TripAdvisor – With one click this app can tell you the best place to eat near your hotel. It can recommend things to do or places to see. It also has reviews of everything, so you can read what others thought. This app pointed out a gem on my last trip to San Diego. The best breakfast in town is at Mission Cafe. I never go on a trip without having this app.
Maps – I always make sure I’ve got a full charge on my iPhone and my google maps. It’s my go-to GPS anytime I’m traveling. I actually use the walking feature quite often in big cities.
Audible – I subscribe to audible.com and listen to my favorite books as I travel. It’s also a great way to take a book but not have to pack it. Plus, you can’t read a book if you’re driving.
FaceTime – If you don’t use Apple products you can also use Google Hangout. This is a family man’s best friend. It makes going to bed in a hotel a little easier. You can talk face-to-face with your family. I find this the best tool for curbing homesickness and allowing me to focus on my work.
TeamViewer – I use this app to log into my computer at the office or home. When I travel I only take my iPad. Then, if I need to access something on my computers, I can do it remotely. This way I have all my information and work at my fingertips. I don’t have to carry around a large laptop and USB disks only to get to the destination and find out that my presentation didn’t load to the disk!
These travel apps have allowed me to keep my head without having to do much planning. If I had to get up this second and leave for a business meeting, I could do so without any preparation. Load these few tools and you’ll be able to access everything you need when you’re away.