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As a global business executive, I know first hand the demands of travel. I spent more than 120 days out of the year on the road, and have supported the traveling workforces of clients every day. So how do I stay connected? Here are my thoughts on the best apps for Android smart phones – a critical tool for helping me stay in touch and on top of things while traveling. "Like most people I use my smart phone as both a communications tool and mini computer while traveling or on the road.
My Apple iPhone is my primary device, because I like its exhaustive selection of applications. However, for those times when I need to travel with a second handset (to save on data roaming costs or to access local networks), I use my Android OS phone, which also offers a great range of apps. I am constantly testing and sampling new apps to meet both my own requirements as well as those of our clients. Below is a list of my favorite travel apps – those that I find indispensable to helping me stay engaged even as I cross time zones. I selected them based on three criteria:
1. Provision of knowledge or data that I don't possess myself
2. Backed up by expertise and a richer web-
3. Ease, speed and functionality of the application version Here are the key travel applications that I would recommend for iPhone and iPod Touch users: WorldMate (Gold)
This application is the powerhouse of all my travel management requirements. I can
centralize and view all my relevant travel information from flights, accommodation,
meetings and various other travel support options. WorldMate (Gold) is the portable
version of the online (cloud-
My itinerary can then be synchronized to prevent conflicts, or keep select contacts
informed of my travels. This application works great with social networks such as
LinkedIn. It also tracks my cumulative trips, countries visited, cities, miles and
nights spent on the road. Lastly, it links me to the company travel-
Additionally, I loathe endless e-
This ensures that all the information such as itineraries, hotel bookings, restaurants, navigation guides to client offices, local or translated phrases, maps and anything else I synchronized is available in electronic format whenever I might need it. I create separate folders for each location or activity, enabling me to quickly and efficiently access the information without opening my laptop or carrying around lots of printed or duplicated sheets of paper. Foyage Because I'm constantly bouncing around from one location to another, I often find myself in locations that I may not very familiar with. It is important to me than I make informed decisions or find locations quickly and efficiently.
I therefore use this application to help me find other people in my network, ATMs,
restaurants, supermarkets or anything else I may need quickly and simply Dropbox
I'm constantly working on projects, information, issues or hobbies between multiple
computers or formats. I use this daily to quickly share files and content between
computers, colleagues, clients and myself. I can even review presentations and notes
from my iPhone just before a walk on stage without having to print or open my laptop.
Worldcard Contacts The management of information – and in particular contacts – is
becoming increasingly challenging. To help me with this process I use this application
to make an immediate copy or store a contact business card. The information is scanned
directly into my contacts list, but I can also reference this directly on my iPhone.
About the Author: Tony Ridley