I wanted to put together a quick article on apps I use when on the go– mostly for international travel and not so much in my rig. Having apps on the iPad really helps when negotiating a price on a gift, finding a hotel, or just finding where you are. While there are productivity apps I use such as BossJock for the podcast and GeoCaching for well…geocaching, these are more to keep my business life going well so I can enjoy my adventure time. So here is a brief breakdown of whats on my pad whether I’m doing a workshop in Asia or meeting a client in Europe.
I suck at numbers and every admin I have ever had hates the way I keep track of expenses. This tool keeps me organized and even helps me set up AMEX payments. Now I can manage expenses as they occur on trips and in the field. I can even photograph and upload my receipts using the iPad camera and itemize charges to expedite the expense reporting process.
First, I miss Google Maps. Stuck with this on the iPad though, it works as a navigational tool, using GPS location to help map routes on highways and mass transit systems. nearby, saving time in the field.
This has been more successful in the US and I honestly have not tried it abroad (yet). The app searches the area for restaurants, cafes and other eateries. It leverages a ranking system and list results by distance and price. I found I can even look for specific types of food as well as to rate and socialy share suggestions.
A must for international travel. It provides up-to-date currency exchange rate information for most common currencies.
Remember O.J. running through the airport trying to catch a plane? That was before he was fleeing in a white Bronco or breaking into hotel rooms. GateGuru provides real-time flight status information including up-to-date information on security lines, just what I need…another reason to stress.