5 apps that make business travel easier
Managing travel in a new place, dinners for one and meeting people all the time – great as it sounds, living life on the road isn’t always easy.
More than one third of business travellers find travel stressful – and while your company might help out by booking your hotel for you or giving you time off to recuperate, the stress can still get to you.
It’s not all doom and gloom though as technology can help you keep track of your itinerary and your spending – so here are five apps that we think make business travel a whole lot easier for everyone involved.
1. DocuSign – Shred the paper weight
DocuSign is an electronic signature platform that lets you drop the manila folder for a clear screen protector. Available through your smartphone, tablet or laptop, DocuSign makes it easy for employees to get sign off on big contracts or even for minor onsite jobs.
How it makes business travel easier: Business travel can be stressful in its own right. Add into the mix an important document forgotten at headquarters and you’ll quickly see why companies are dropping paper-based signatures in favour of digital.
DocuSign can handle a wide range of documents and its digital format means that if a team member happens to upsell on the road, they’re able to quickly phone home and get the contract signed before they leave. Take complexity out of the equation by simplifying and consolidating one of the fundamental characteristics of business travel.
2. AwardWallet – Keep your points in one place
AwardWallet is a free loyalty programme tracker that groups your points in one place. The app is available on iOS and Android and even works offline so you’re always able to check – even if you’re 35,000 feet in the air.
How it makes business travel easier: Company card, personal card, points card, you get the picture; the average business traveller carries a lot of plastic. One of the rewards for being shipped around the world to make sales is getting to use those points you earned for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
AwardWallet takes all of your frequent flyer, hotel and credit card points and automatically tracks them to make managing and redeeming them as effortless as possible. Did we mention that you can review the loyalty policies in the app itself? Talk about a one-stop shop.
3. LoungeBuddy – Wait for your flight in fashion
LoungeBuddy offers access to airport lounges across the world. With a process that’s as easy as one-two-three, you can quickly find a place – or book it up to two months in advance – to get away from the noise of the terminal and into a comfy chair.
How it makes business travel easier: There’s a lot to be said for the value of a little peace and quiet when you’re about to head to your third country in four days. Finding an open seat in a crowded room is one of the most stressful aspects of business travel – especially when you need to get work done.
LoungeBuddy consolidates the lounge-shopping experience into an app that’s available through Android and iOS. It’s especially helpful if you’re in an airport you haven’t been to before, yet frantically need a quiet space to take a video conference in-between flights.
4. Waze – Drive like a local in foreign cities
Waze is a community-driven navigation tool that offers road warriors the real-time information they need to get to their next off-site meeting. The app, which is available on Android and iOS, can be used worldwide – though its effectiveness is powered by adoption rates in the area.
How it makes business travel easier: You don’t often get the luxury of time on a business trip. When you’re driving around a busy city trying to get to a meeting in an office you’ve never been to, the deal can be made or broken based on a traffic jam that was potentially avoidable.
Waze takes some of the stress that comes with getting around a new city out of the equation. It’s fuelled by the community so you know you’ll get accurate traffic information and the routes that the locals use to get from point A to B in record-setting speed.
5. Expensify – Get money back faster
Expensify is a digital expense management platform that simplifies everything and anything to do with expenses. True to its name, the Android and iOS app works like magic on the road as it gets rid of the complexities involving business payments.
How it makes business travel easier: When you live life on the road, two facts stick out: you collect a lot of receipts and you wait a long time to get reimbursed for your purchases. Unless you use Expensify.
The tool makes it easy for you to log your receipts, track your mileage and get reimbursed for any expenses the very next day. It’s using technology to your advantage to get rid of the stress of traveling for work. What more could you want?
Plus it integrates directly with Roomex, the business hotel booking platform so that tracking receipts is easier than ever.