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Travel Hacks for Entrepreneurs: There’s an App for That
Posted on 23rd March 2017 in Business
Written by Freya Hughes
If you’re an entrepreneur, we presume, like us, you have a taste for adventure. Travelling can be a necessary part of the day job and an important way to switch off. 2017 is said to be the year that WiFi is being introduced to commercial flights on scale. This is a huge operation so don’t assume you can jump aboard and check your Forecast instantly, but by heck, we’re getting there. This uptick in connectivity is well and truly underway, so we look at the apps you need in your life to get you from Melbourne to London.
Hopefully by this point each morning you start your day with FUTRLI on the go in one hand, and a coffee in the other. But what’s out there to keep track of all the other variables your day might present you? We know, as entrepreneurs ourselves, that we need to pick the quickest, most efficient option whatever we might be doing. Reducing stress (especially when travelling) is of the utmost importance for business owners because we’ve got quite enough on our plates already. So, we’ve put together a few of our highest-rating apps to keep the focus on growth, productivity and expansion, rather than jet-lag and being completely, and utterly, lost.
Booked in? All you’ve got to do now is forward your booking confirmations to the Tripit team and they’ll create a master itinerary for you instantly. Travel plans will sync with your calendar, store your travel documents in one place, and, if you’d like it to, it’ll share your plans with your closest circle too. It focuses on keeping travel swift and simple. If, heaven forbid, your flight is cancelled, it’ll even locate alternate flights. Think you can get a better seat? Tripit’s already looking for you. Real-time flight alerts will enable you to use any extra time to squeeze in that last email. And if you love a bargain, there are fare refund notifications and even money-saving reward programs and VIP travel benefits. Our Founders, Amy and Hannah, swear by this one.
An old favourite of ours is Citymapper, and boy, has it kept up with the world. Take advantage of using a single app for all the different challenges of city life, be it foreign or domestic. These guys have reinvented the transport app, using real-time ‘A to B’ directions that people can actually use, with constantly updating routeing to veer you away from delays and road closures. With an international reach, the app is built for commuters and their needs, so using Citymapper in a new place will allow you to navigate the area like a local.
Deskcamping is a great hack for home and away. Leaving your desk for a trip? Rent it out and generate additional income. Need a desk for a last minute trip? Have a look at their daily, weekly and monthly offerings and find a desk away from home to suit you. As well as saving space from being wasted, Deskcamping also champion the coming together of like-minded people. Collaborations can be born in the least expected of places so with Deskcamping you’ll up your chances of meeting your next protege, muse or even mate. Easy to use, the desk camper sends an enquiry using the ‘Enquire’ button, or by direct email or phone. From there, set up a viewing and settle in for the day.
Though pretty well-known by this point, there are still those of you out there who’ve not used Uber yet. It’s essentially the taxi app for those who need to be in control of their entire journey – gone are the days of standing out in the rain waiting (and praying) your cabbie will show up. Available 24/7 across an incredible 7 continents, simply sign up and select your ride and location. Then, your driver’s details will appear and you’re able to track where they are. With no need to make phone calls or schedule pick-ups, this is the taxi travel app for the modern day. When you reach your destination, spare a second to rate your driver and experience anonymously to help others have a great experience too.
Whether you’re on a train, boat, plane or roller blades, we all need something to keep us in the zone, be it at work or play. Personally, I need some up-tempo mixtapes (preferably without lyrics) to keep me focused in the daily grind, whereas others will somehow be able to smash their work out while plugged into some 90s pop ballads. Spotify is here to offer sonic support to each part of your day. Simply sign up and browse artists or playlists to create the soundtrack to your day. Discover weekly will keep things fresh (but may not be ideal for really knuckling down), and a premium account will eradicate distracting adverts and allow for useful offline listening for when you just need to turn everything off and crack on. It now links with Uber so you can play your favourite tunes while you ride.
If your trip is taking you a little further afield but your language skills are doing their best to isolate you, give iTranslate a go. It will literally put 90 languages into your pocket so there is no need for a desperate attempt at asking where the bathroom is out of a well-thumbed phrase book. Translate a single word to your chosen language and the app will load up the word and its verb conjugations to help you apply it to conversation. Compatible with most popular communication apps, tap the right flag and type/say the word into your device and the world is suddenly your very accessible oyster.