5 Free Apps To Simplify Business Travel

5 Free Apps To Simplify Business Travel

It is estimated that One in every 5 people in the world own a smartphone. I'm not a betting man, but narrow that poll down to traveling business professionals and I'd be willing to bet the farm that the statistics are a bit higher. As glamorous as the travel life is, it can also come with its own set of ups and downs. Your smartphone can easily be used to save time and money while decreasing stress. Don't leave for your next business trip unprepared. Whether you travel once a quarter or once a week, utilize iPhone or Android: here are 5 free apps to simplify your business travel.

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Expensify

"Expense reports that don't suck!". Yes, that is Expensify's tagline. Does it get much better than a free app that will streamline your travel expenses and simplify reporting? There is not a doubt in our mind that the benefits of the Expensify app leave admins and CFO's grinning at the simplicity of travel expense reporting.

What exactly can Expensify do for you? For starters, you can easily take a photo of your receipt, select your expense report, and then categorize your expense. A pocket no longer full of crumpled receipts is a small victory in itself. If you want to take it a step further the Smart Scan feature will let you snap a picture and automatically upload the image and expense details. That feature alone is a huge time saver. Need time and mileage tracking? No problem, it has that too. It also has easy report submission as well. After you've completed your current trip you can simply email the entire travel expense report in one document. This app also integrates with a bevy of other programs including Excel, Dropbox, Salesforce, Quickbooks, and many more.

Download for iPhone here

Download for Android here

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WorldMate

Want all your travel plans in one place? WorldMate is the digital swiss army knife of professional travel tools. It covers everything from travel booking (currently iPhone only), itinerary, flight check in, flight status, maps, and a time and currency converter. In spite of that laundry list of features, we haven't even scratched the surface of this app's capabilities.

WorldMate can be best understood as a personal travel assistant and travel agency in the palm of your hand. The organizational aspects of this app are impeccable. Notable organization features include flight check in for dozens of airlines, flight status notifications (including gate changes, delays, and cancellations), calendar sync, and shareable itineraries. Another plus to this app is how socially inclined it is. Users can easily share their trips to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. WorldMate is also capable of notifying you when you are crossing paths with your LinkedIn connections. If you are ready to be more organized in your business travel, join the other 10 million travelers who utilize this app to improve their travel experience.

Download for iPhone here

Download for Android here

5 Free Apps To Simplify Business Travel

Duolingo

Have you ever been intrigued at the possibility of learning a second language? Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart". At the heart of Duolingo is a free, easy, and accessible way to learn a new language. Plus, you will actually have fun doing it.

When it comes to international business travel nothing puts you at disadvantage like not knowing a lick of the native language. Through the elements of gaming, reading, listening, and speaking, Duolingo allows you to learn your desire language anytime, anywhere. Language learning options include Russian, Norwegian, Romanian, Portuguese, French, English, German, Turkish, Polish, Swedish, Vietnamese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Danish. As you grow in your language learning you can connect with friends on Duolingo and share your victories and spur friendly competition.

Download for iPhone here.

Download for Android here.

5 Free Apps To Simplify Business Travel

Airbnb

Tired of living like a nomad in boring hotels on business trips? If you are a somewhat experienced traveler you know that booking hotels can be like a proverbial gamble similar to the likes of the version of Russian roulette hotel rooms. Airbnb is a breath of fresh air when it comes to unique, clean, and hospitable travel experiences.

Airbnb currently offers over 1,000,000+ listings across the globe. This includes over 34,000+ cities in over 190 different countries. If you are feeling really adventurous, Airbnb offers 600+ castles. You heard it right, castles. The hospitable community of Airbnb is a trustworthy marketplace where you can secure unique apartments, homes, castles, and private rooms straight from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. The user experience is nothing short of simplistic. Select your travel accommodation type, location, dates, and price range and then view a map of all your options. Responsible hosting is at the core of Airbnb. Every accommodation includes a rating 1-5 star rating in 6 categories, including: accuracy, location, communication, check in, cleanliness, and value. If that isn't enough to satisfy your curiosity, there are usually a plethora of guest written reviews attached to each accommodation. For more information regarding what to expect with the Airbnb experience you can read how to prepare yourself as a guest here.

Download for iPhone here

Download for Android here

5 Free Apps To Simplify Business Travel

UrbanSpoon

Where do you want to eat? Tired of hearing this question and knowing the probability of your response being something to the effect of, "I don't know. Where do you want to eat?" UrbanSpoon is a brilliant time saver app with a knack for helping travelers unlock optimal spots to grab the best food and drinks near you.

UrbanSpoon is the number one app for insuring you can score the best food and dinning experience available in your vicinity. The user interface is a cakewalk. With little effort, users can easily select the type of food, budget, location, and make a reservation. If you can't decide, utilize the shake option. Shake allows you to literally convert the frustration of not being able to make a decision on a restaurant into a randomly selected restaurant. UrbanSpoon is currently available in the US, Canada, most major cities in Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Download for iPhone here

Download for Android here

Sources:
Business Insider
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Duolingo
Airbnb
Worldmate
Expensify

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