If you frequently travel for business, don't shortchange yourself with subpar travel apps. These handy mobile tools can make all the difference, whether you're traveling just a few towns away or to the opposite side of the globe. All the apps on this list are compatible with iOS and Android, and a few of them are even free.
Concur offers a variety of business intelligence, travel, expense and invoice-related solutions. Many consider the free Concur app to be the gold standard for travel expense tracking, and its utility is undeniable. You can snap photos of receipts and file them directly through the app, send information for reimbursements while you travel, and even build out basic approval and processing workflows for your home-based team.Credit: DocuSign
DocuSign is an electronic signature and document app that allows you to take important contracts with you on the road. Draft up legally binding contracts with clients and sign them from your smartphone or tablet. From there you can send them back to the office for review and approval. Documents are encrypted when they're sent, adding a layer of security for highly sensitive information.Credit: Dufl
If you're constantly traveling out of town, but you despise packing, DUFL is a unique service that eliminates the need to pack and travel with a suitcase. DUFL allows you to store your travel clothes in a virtual closet. Input your trip and hotel information with the selection of clothes from your virtual closet, and your suitcase with clothes will be waiting for you at your room. When you're ready to leave, schedule a pick-up. You can also fill your suitcase with other travel essentials like toiletries.Credit: GateGuru
If you find yourself in an unfamiliar airport, it may help to have an app that provides detailed information about it so you won't get lost and will make it to your plane on time. GateGuru features comprehensive information about thousands of major airports including maps, the distance between gates and baggage claims and a list of amenities. One of the main features is a real-time estimation of how long it will take to get to your gate, taking into account line wait times and expected delays.
We all know that translation software can't compete with human translators, but if you're in a bind when you travel abroad, Google Translate is better than nothing. The free Google Translate app is available on Android and iOS mobile devices and offers translation to and from more than 100 languages. Google Translate integrates with your device's cameras and microphones, so you can use it for translating text as well as audible speech.
Google Trips combines organization and exploration into one easy-to-use app that's ideal for business travelers. In addition to storing your itinerary information (complete with details about flights, hotel bookings and car reservations), Google Trips offers built-in travel guides to more than 200 cities around the world, so you can step outside your hotel and explore with ease. The app also takes note of your past searches to learn how to better cater to your travel tastes in the future, so it gets better at guiding you toward things you might be interested in.
If you travel often enough, at some point you're going to get stranded. When that happens, you'll be happy you have Hotel Tonight. This free app does exactly what you'd think: It helps you find hotels at the last minute in the Americas, Europe and Australia. You can only request a hotel room on Hotel Tonight up to seven days in advance, because the app is built for last-minute accommodation seekers.Credit: Skyscanner
Unexpected circumstances can cause travelers to make abrupt changes to their plans. If you need to search for new flight at the best value you can find, Skyscanner compiles flights from different airlines for you to browse after you input your destination and trip dates. You can bookmark your initial search and receive notifications if cheaper flights are found. You can also book hotels and car rentals from the app.Credit: WiFi Map
Travelers reliant on Wi-Fi to keep them connected and not wanting to use finite mobile data would find great use out of WiFi Map. This app helps travelers locate free Wi-Fi spots in their area. These hotspots' locations are crowdsourced by its community of users who can report new spots, rate the internet quality and even list the password. The app claims to contain the location of more than 100,000,000 Wi-Fi hotspots all across the world. The app is free, but a paid, ad-free version is available.
There is a free and paid version of this currency exchange app, the main difference being a lack of adverts on the Pro ($1.99) version. XE Currency isn't just a conversion calculator; it's a real-time app that shows live exchange rates and charts, which makes it valuable for business travelers as well as those who do business or trade internationally. The app even allows you to set alerts for certain rate changes so you can monitor specific currencies, but if you plan on using it for that, you may as well upgrade to Pro to avoid pop-up fatigue.
Additional reporting by Mona Bushnell.