Face it, you’re a road warrior. You travel with a panoply of technology and apps that make working from the road easier. But if you’re not taking advantage of the great travel tech out there, it’s time you start.
There are countless apps out there that make travel far more efficient than it used to be. And as you might expect, the variety of apps available to simplify traveling is simply staggering.
Think about it. Generic apps like Google Translate let you communicate or at least understand a bit of the local language, wherever you are. Apps like Hotel.com and others let you easily book the rooms that match your needs. And then there are car rental apps, map apps and cultural apps. The list is endless.
Don’t know where to eat? Want to keep tabs your expenses so you can put in for them later? Need to convert currency on the fly or figure out whether or how much you should tip? All that functionality is available for Apple iOS or Android devices at the app stores that serve them. And if you don’t know where to start, no worries. Here’s a guide we like a lot.
If you’ve been away somewhere in the middle of nature for several days, you’re probably used to carrying around a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and a power bank with you. In secluded areas, such travel gadgets as a portable water filter are lifesavers, too. Obviously, these technologies are useful when you travel to more exotic places for work, too. Plan accordingly.
And if you drive, a moto GPS navigation system is incredibly useful. There are few things more embarrassing than being late for an important client or meeting because you simply could not find your way there.
Making it your own
Traveling today is easier than ever thanks to all these technologies. But don’t forget the true meaning of travel: By exposing you to new people, places and languages, it helps you grow and stretch as a person.
Don’t be so busy on your business trip that you don’t get to experience that when traveling. Thanks to globalization, you’ll find American outposts like Starbucks and McDonalds even in the most remote locales. But don’t hang out there. Get with the locals and eat where they eat. Try getting around using local transportation. Make a friend or two. You’ll be glad you did.
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