For international business travelers, mobile technology is a saving grace. Whether you need to find a local Internet café, change flights at the last minute, understand the cultural habits, translate directions, or track and record expenses—yes, there’s an app for that. With that in mind, check out these apps that can make your life easier while doing business overseas.
TripIt: TripIt takes the headache out of keeping track of multiple travel reservations by allowing users to see all of their travel plans in one place. Simply forward your reservation confirmation e-mails to email@example.com, and TripIt will extract the details and create an itinerary. You can add maps, directions, custom notes, mobile alerts, and reminders, as well as share your itinerary with colleagues, friends, or family.
GateGuru: This site has information on amenities and services at more than 204 airports across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The app also allows you to view your Tripit and KAYAK itineraries, view or post airport security wait times, and see a structured list of airport food, shops, and services. You can also review tips and photos from fellow travelers on airports, terminals, and airport amenities.
Wi Fi Finder: Allows you to search for free and paid public Wi-Fi anywhere in the world. You can also download an offline database so that you can access it while offline. And you can filter results by closest location, such as a café or hotel. Users can also save locations and add locations that are not listed.
Smart Traveler App: The official State Department app for U.S. travelers. It provides travelers with country fact sheets, travel warnings, and travel alerts, and provides access to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, as well as the TravelGov Twitter feed.
XE Currency: Converts more than 180 currencies. If you’re a frequent international traveler, consider upgrading to the pro version ($1.99) to avoid ads and track more currencies.
Hop Stop: is an online city transit guide offering door-to-door transit, walking, biking, and taxi directions in more than 300 cities worldwide.
Google Translate: Use it to translate more than 70 languages including Afrikaans, Basque, Bulgarian, Estonian, Finnish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Welsh. And if there’s a street sign you don’t understand, you can take a picture of it for Google to translate.
One of the best features of Google Translate is that you can speak naturally and Google will interpret it into the language you choose. And if you’re traveling without Internet connection, you can store your favorite translations and access them offline,.
International Business Etiquette: While doing business overseas, understanding languages, cultures, and etiquette is critical. Users select their country of interest and access information on language, society, culture, business, and social etiquette pointers.
TurboScan: This document scanner app keeps track of your receipts, expenses, and other important documents. The app saves images as PDF or JPG image files, and you can either e-mail them or store them on a cloud storage service such as Dropbox. TurboScan is available only on the iPhone, but you can download DroidScanLite, a similar, free app, for Android phones.
Evernote: For premium users the offline notebook is great for getting work done during long international flights–just remember to sync your devices before your plane takes off. You can also save your electronic boarding pass to Evernote.
New apps are released every day, so before you travel make sure you research cultural differences and prepare to manage your business while overseas.