Travelling for business is par for the course for me, and although often it’s a pleasure, it can sometimes be a chore. However, technology is without a doubt helping to improve ease of travel, especially with its use of real-time updates and GPS… with that in mind I’ve pulled together a list of my top travel apps which can help keep the stress levels down when you’re on the move with business:
Uber is the app du jour, a location-based app that allows you to hire on-demand, private drivers directly, rather than hailing a cab off the street. Uber detects your location and shows you the nearest available drivers, provides a price estimate and is cashless – removing the hassle of trying to find a cashpoint before your journey. While sometimes it can be a bit ‘Marmite-like’ in dividing opinion, it really has been a game-changer on the travel scene.
Train travel in the UK is like the weather, British people love to talk (usually moan) about it, and while it does have its hitches, it’s actually a reliant form of getting you from A to B. The Trainline app is all-encompassing, it allows you to pre-plan your journey, book tickets – even providing a QR code for mobile tickets to save you printing them out. Live train information makes it a must for you to check the progress of your train, even down to telling you the platform number – meaning you can grab a quiet coffee and keep an eye on your phone, rather than stand under giant screens and wait – perfect!
- Priority Pass
For frequent international business travellers, Priority Pass allows members to find an airport lounge anytime, anywhere. With three annual membership plans to choose from, and with a choice of over 900 airport lounges you’ll be able to start you your journey away from the chaos of the airport terminal. All lounges come complete with Wi-Fi so you can stay connected with emails – if you so choose – before your journey begins.
- Paybyphone or Ringo
I will forever be grateful that someone saw sense to remove the need for carrying change in your glove compartment for parking meters! Both Paybyphone and Ringo allow you to pay for your parking through the app. The apps store your card details, and car registration, so you just need to input the location code and length of time and simple, your parking is paid for. They remove the need for having loose change, or overpaying and not get any change back, there’s no going back!