If time can heal all the problems, travel can do the same. The main difference is you need everything around you to make a trip memorable. It doesn’t matter whether you are a business traveler, who needs to go out in every week for business purpose or a solo backpacker, who often go to secluded locations in every month, you apparently have a mobile phone in your pocket. Therefore, you can try out these productivity apps for business travelers or solo backpackers so that you can get everything around you all the times.
Best Productivity Apps for Business Travelers and Solo Backpackers
Not all the apps in the following list are meant for a business traveler or solo traveler. Instead, you can be any traveler, and try out these following apps for Android and iOS mobile.
Music may not solve your daily problems, but it can make you more energetic so that you can get more job done. It helps people even when they are not feeling well. Spotify is one of the best music apps out there, which is used by millions of people from across the globe. People from any country can use this free application because of its vast collection. From soulful to rock, you can find all kind of songs in this app. Save favorite music and play it again with Spotify music app for Android and iOS.
2. Google Translator or Microsoft Translator
If you like Google, go to Google Translator. If you like Microsoft, go to Microsoft Translator. As both of the apps do a quite same job, you should not bother about using either of them. However, the best part of Google Translator is it used WordLens technology. What that means is you can open up the camera, scan a phrase or sentence, and translate that to another language. On the other hand, Microsoft Translator can let you connect with other people and get the text converted as 1:1 conversation. Both of the apps have colossal language support. Hence, no matter where you go in the world, you would find the language you are currently seen through your eyes.
If you often travel, you might already know that Oyo is a hotel booking service that offers hotels at an affordable price. It doesn’t matter whether you are about to visit India, or the USA or Spain, you can find Oyo rooms in every favorite city. If you are going to use it for the first time, you will get a massive discount on your first booking. The best part of Oyo is it lets you enter various filters so that you can find the best room according to your requirements. It also shows all the accommodations while booking a room.
Although Goibibo is almost same as Oyo, you can find some different features those are equally useful. Apart from booking rooms, you can book a flight, bus, car, train, etc. Like Oyo, you can find huge discount and goCash so that you can spend that money and get some off from your cart. If you want to stay for a couple of days at a particular location, you can opt for goStays, which will be more affordable than standard hotel booking, and you would get some discount as well. If you are from India, you can book train ticket via Goibibo app through IRCTC. Not only that but also you can check PNR status within the app.
5. XE Currency
If you are visiting a new country, the currency is about to change for sure. For example, in India, you can find INR or Rupees. However, in the USA, you need Dollars. Although Google can convert the currency from your home country to the destination country, you can also use XE Currency app on Android and iOS mobile. This is a free mobile application, and it can convert any currency to another currency. It also shows a currency graph. The highlight is you can add widget on the home screen so that you can find the currency change notification all the times.
When you are traveling, you should take care of your spending as well. Mint can track all the payments you have made through your card. On the other hand, it can show a warning message if you are spending more than an average Mint user. You can find detailed information about payment, visually stunning graph base don transaction, monthly payment, etc. It also shows a score, which gets credited according to your spending. Talking about the user interface, Mint has a material design, and it supports all the latest Android and iOS devices.
7. Amazon Kindle
Instead of watching TV series, if you like to read books, Amazon Kindle might be your best friend since it allows you read tons of books. However, you need to purchase Kindle version books from Amazon website. Regarding the reading environment, you will get a beautiful user interface that will help you read more continuously. All the purchased books are visible in LIBRARY tab. On the other hand, you can go to Store and buy books directly. This is possible to manage all the books, their pages, etc. from the same UI.
8. Google Play Books
If you do not like Amazon Kindle, you might like the Google Play Books. It is a quite same app as Amazon Kindle. However, the workflow of this app is faster, but the reading environment is almost identical. You can purchase books from either Google Play Store or Google Play Books. All the books would be visible in the app. The essential features are
- Best reading environment
- Three different reading modes
- Bookmark to save important page
- Books managements
- Read out loud
- Highlight sentence, lines, phrase, etc.
- Font family and font size adjustment
In simple words, this is one of the best companions for book lovers.
While traveling, most of the people forget one thing, Health. CareZone can help you get rid of that problem. You can manage all your medications and prescriptions of all the family members with the help of CareZone app for Android and iOS. You can just scan the medication pouch or list to enlist that in the app. You can set the timing of taking medication, check daily glucose graph, etc. The best part is you do not have to take a dedicated notebook and pen to make a journal out of your health conditions. This is possible to set an emergency contact, to-do list, set trackers, etc. using the same app.
10. Office Lens
Nowadays, very few people use a printer as everything is going digital. From government office to online business, you can find digital documents everywhere. However, if you need to scan few documents but you do not have a scanner and computer, you can try out Office Lens app. It scans the whole document and lets you save that as Word, PowerPoint or PDF file. You can also save it to OneNote or OneDrive. Following that, this would be very easy to share the document with anybody else. Talking about the functionality, it scans all the documents from the rear camera. Being said that, you would get better quality if you have a good read camera.
11. Google Calendar
When you are traveling for business, you need to keep tracking everything, and Google Calendar is an excellent solution for that. Although Google Keep can be helpful as well Google Calendar app is better in this situation. You can set a reminder, check holidays, get friend’s birthday notification, find repeated reminder, set a reminder based on location, and so on. The best thing is you can add to-do list and goals to complete in Google Calendar app for Android and iOS. The user interface is more than excellent since it used material design.
12. Android Device Manager/Find My iPhone
As the name defines, they work for Android and iPhone respectively. When traveling, if you lose your phone, it would be a hectic and very unnecessary problem for you. Therefore, if you have enabled this functionality, you would be able to track your phone from a computer even when it is lost somewhere. Android Device Manager or Find My Device is available for Android 4.0 and later version and it can track phone, Android Wear, and Chromebook. On the other hand, Find My Phone for iOS can track iPhone through iCloud.
Flightradar24 is a free application that can track flight from anywhere in the world. You can find airport information, all arrivals, departures, in real-time. Also, it can show past details of any flight. From canceled flight or delayed, everything information can be found in this app. The best feature of this tool is you can turn on the camera towards a plane that is flying over you, and you can find all the information about that flight within moments.
14. Uber + Google Maps
Uber and Google Maps combination is probably the best combo for a solo traveler. Google Maps can show various places like historical structure, restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. and Uber can take you there. Even if you do not like Uber, you can always try Google Maps to navigate your path. The Motorcycle Mode in India can save a lot of time since it can take you through different narrow roads where cars cannot pass through.
While packing, people often forget at one thing. However, this problem can be solved with PackPoint app for Android and iOS. It doesn’t matter whether you are going for a business trip, or leisure travel, you can definitely opt for PackPoint. You will never forget anything if you install this app.
There are other apps for business travelers and solo backpackers. For example, you can try different apps to reserve tables for dining, etc. However, these apps mentioned above are personally tested and turned out to be a great companion in every situation.