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5 Indispensable Apps for Business Travel

Recently, I traveled to Europe for business. Like with most travel — whether for work or pleasure — I found myself dealing with irksome details like flight changes, language barriers, and packing. So I leveraged a few mobile apps to help me organize the travel minutiae. Below are the five apps I found to be indispensable for my trip. Have you used Tripit, LocalEats, Packing Pro, Concur, and/or TripLingo? Which other apps do you recommend for smoother travel?

1. TripIt for iPhone and Android (FREE), or TripIt Pro ($3.99)

This travel app is a one-stop shop for all your transit needs. Get real-time flight status updates, live weather reports, route maps, and manage hotel and car rental information all from the touch of your fingertips! Upgrading to TripIt Pro gives you the additional ability to track all of your frequent flyer reward programs.

2. LocalEats for iPhone and iPad ($0.99)

If food is a big part of your travel experience, this is the app to use. LocalEats finds spots that locals enjoy, whether it’s a dive bar or an upscale, one-of-a-kind restaurant. The best part is the absence of standard restaurant chains. Another bonus is the ability to make reservations and book a taxi directly from the app. LocalEats offers restaurant listing in over 50 U.S. cities, as well as an additional 50 international cities.

“Never trust a restaurant with a 10 page menu.” – LocalEats

3. Packing for iPhone and iPad ($0.99), or Packing Pro ($2.99)

Packing is a pain, especially when you realize you’ve forgotten to pack something critical. Well, fret no more! Packing and Packing Pro apps take all the guesswork out of what to bring. Packing Pro offers sample lists that help you get a basic idea of what you need to pack before a trip, depending on where and the duration. The app also also offers an “Expert List” that lets you select the number of male/female travelers, adults & children, destination, temperature, and other criteria before automatically generating a list of suggested items to pack.

4. Concur for iPhone and Android (FREE)

Concur allows you to manage your business expenses on-the-go — because keeping track of physical receipts is a pain. Conur lets you take a picture of your receipt for storage on the app! There is even a built-in currency converter for international currencies!

Screenshots of Concur app.

5. TripLingo for iOS and Android ($4.99 – $9.99 depending on language purchased)

Those of us who have traveled internationally well understand the frustration of not being able to speak the local language for the simplest interactions, like telling the cab driver your destination. Enter TripLingo, an app that provides over 1,000 key phrases, a built-in dictionary, flashcards and an intuitive design — all of which makes it easy to immerse into the local culture. The best part: NO internet connectivity required!

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A Tweegram Picture is Worth A Thousand Tweets

There’s no doubting the popularity of Twitter and its 140-character bursts. But don’t get content with just tweeting out text — a recent study shows that tweets with images attached are most popular. So here’s a spin on the usual photo and infographic attachments: turn your tweets into works of art with Tweegram, a free app (yes, free!) for iPhones. 

Tweegram is easy to use. Here’s a step-by-step guide:    

Step 1: Launch the app

Step 2: Enter up to 140 characters of brilliant text to share with your community of followers (bonus: you can even add emoticons to spice things up).

Step 3: Tap the “Next” button in the upper right hand corner and the real fun begins.

Step 4: Scroll through options for various backgrounds to enhance the style of your tweet.

Step 4.5: Some options even allow for you to insert your own image. This option is an additional $0.99 for the “Pro Pack” and gives you unlimited premium styles with custom pictures and no limit on characters. So for anyone who is an avid and die-hard tweeter, this is really a great investment and really helps your tweets stand out.

Step 5: Scroll through the options, and select your favorite one, the one that truly coneys your mood and message. Then press “Share” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Step 6: Now the world is your oyster, and the choice is truly yours. So, you choose where you want to share your new Tweegram. You can post to any number of social networks (e.g., Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr), email to recipients, or save it to your photo album. 

Step 7: I chose Twitter for this example, so I can add an additional message to my tweet and add my location.

Step 8: Press “Send,” and that’s it! Your Tweegram is now available for all your followers to see.

Don’t believe me? Let’s just go to Twitter, and check it out.

And there you have it, your beautifully created tweet!

Hope you all enjoy this app, and have as much fun with it as I do.