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Essential Apps Every Business Traveller Should Download

Whether you’re travelling for business for just a few days or for several weeks, time management and efficiency can often mean the difference between rousing success or debilitating stress.

Technology plays a big part in this; specifically, smartphone apps, many of which have come after many years of trial and error in their attempts to expedite travel necessities and avoid any mishaps.

These days apps now rebuff even the most common travel woe. Not sure which ones you should be downloading? We’ve rounded up some of the best. These are the essential apps every savvy business traveller should have – aside from the obvious Dropbox, Google Maps, Google Translate, WhatsApp and the many ride-sharing services, of course.

Drops

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Let’s face it, brushing up on a new language beyond a few phrases often demands more time than you may have. That’s where an audio-visual learning apps like Drops comes in.

Particularly if you’re on a last-minute trip, Drops is a valuable program for those who need help building, strengthening and maintaining their vocabulary in any of 32 different languages, which include Japanese, Korean, French, German and Portuguese.

Through a rote learning approach and a clean, attractive interface, the app successfully gamifies the time-consuming task of building a sufficient vocabulary in another language, doing so in engaging and meaningful ways that don’t feel tedious or demanding.

This is mostly done through gestures, whether it’s swiping a word towards the correct illustration or re-constructing broken words by syllable. And it frames that with time constraints as well, allowing you just five minutes per day on the unpaid version, and while that may not seem like much, the app does pack a lot in that short span.

LoungeBuddy

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Avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy airport by escaping to a quiet airport lounge. To do this, use LoungeBuddy.

The app, incredibly popular amongst business travellers, is a firmly established and well-connected program that uses information like your airline status, type of credit cards, and existing lounge memberships to easily manage and track any access to airport lounges around the world you may have.

LoungeBuddy operates fairly simply, mostly proving its worth as a comprehensive guidebook to an enormous network of lounges, detailing amenities and locations. It also uses supplied data to remind or alert you when there’s a lounge you have access to, as well as provides you with information on nearby lounges that sell day passes, some of which can be purchased directly via the app with either a credit card or credits.

FLIO

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Similar to LoungeBuddy, FLIO helps you gain access to more than 350 airport lounges across the world, but it also does so much more.

Often referred to as the ultimate all-in-one airport companion, the app is densely packed and meticulously organised with plenty of information regarding live flight tracking, Wi-Fi hotspots, interactive terminal maps and suggestions, and access to deals for food, drink and shopping.

Navigating a terminal before actually landing there is the app’s best use, as well as its ability to provide detailed, accurate information on road directions and the easiest ways to get from the airport to the city.

Klook

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Cutting the steps necessary to book in a destination experience is crucial for time-poor business travellers, which makes an app like Klook invaluable for those looking to sneak in a few bucket list activities between meetings. Much like Airbnb Experiences and Viator, it’s strictly a booking platform, although much more polished and intuitive.

The biggest benefit to Klook is just how much useful information it has about each of its bookable activities, eliminating the need to do more research before making a choice. You also have regular access to substantial deals, including tickets for iconic attractions that are almost always less expensive than if they were obtained via other means.

SAP Concur

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Invaluable for the business traveller who isn’t necessarily as laser-focused when it comes to managing on-the-road finances as they should be, SAP Concur is a cloud-based expense management system that allows smart storage of receipts, easy monitoring of cash flows, and quick review of reports and invoices.

The ability to micro-manage the financial details of the entire travel process while in transit will make for an all-round much smoother business trip. Not to mention more time to get out and actually enjoy whichever city or town you’re in.

(Lead image: Bruce Mars / Pexels

Published 29 May, 2019