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10 essential apps for business travelers

Optimize business travel with these smart apps that'll put a professional polish on your trip planning.

by Maria Milkova

Use these smart downloads to track your flights, locate the best airport lounges, find a restaurant to impress your overseas colleagues, and more.

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TripIt

Organize all your travel plans - flights, hotels, car rentals, restaurant reservations, and more - in one place with this handy app. You’ll be able to access your master itinerary on the go, let you keep important people in the know, and sync up your plans with your existing calendar. Cost: Free (for the basic app), or $49 for the Pro version (which includes perks like help with rebooking cancelled flights and letting you know if you’re eligible for a fare refund).

TripIt
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Packpoint

This brilliant app helps you organize a custom packing list based on the length of your trip, the weather forecast at your destination, and any activities you’ve planned. Want to fit in a hike or a swim or a side trip between meetings? The app will make sure you bring along all the essentials for every situation. Cost: $2.99

Packpoint
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Flight+

There are hundreds of apps out there to help you track your flights, but this one’s intuitive interface and easy-to-use features set it apart. Keep track of all your flights (and/or the flights of your family and friends) in real time, including terminals, gate changes, delays, and seating charts, and get 10-day weather forecasts for all your destinations.  The only downside is that it's iOS-only. Cost: $3.99

Flight+
4
LoungeBuddy

If there’s anything a business traveler needs, it’s quality downtime at the airport. This app includes the skinny on lounges at 200 airports and counting, letting you view photos, amenities, and reviews from other LoungeBuddy travelers. Book instantly via Apple Pay or a major credit card and get access to your airport oasis in a matter of seconds. Cost: Free

LoungeBuddy
5
Duolingo

Build goodwill with your overseas colleagues by learning a few words of their language with this easy-to-use free app. Short lessons in Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese are fun and effective, and you can increase the difficulty as you gain more competence.

Duolingo
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CityMaps2Go

If you’re traveling without internet access, or if you just don’t feel like paying roaming fees, this app includes over 6,700 detailed downloadable offline maps for over 150 countries. You can save lists of all the places you’d like to visit and access them on the road, as well as share them with your friends and colleagues so you can plan trips together. Cost: $2.99 for the Lite version.

CityMaps2Go
7
Find. Eat. Drink.

This app features guides that pull together food tips from chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and food artisans around the world, giving you the tools to impress your colleagues — and indulge your tastebuds — with insider knowledge of the local culinary scene. Cost: Free

Find. Eat. Drink.
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Hotspot Shield

Protect your privacy and your data on public WiFi networks with this trusted app, which prevents anyone from tracking your online activities as you access any website or app in 17 countries, including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Australia, and China. Cost: Free

Hotspot Shield
9
XE Currency Converter

The most downloaded foreign exchange app and the ideal tool for anyone who needs to calculate exchange rates on-the-go. View live exchange rates, historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet. Added bonus: the app stores the last updated rates, so it works even when the Internet doesn't. Cost: Free

XE Currency Converter
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Expensify

Take the drudgery out of compiling your expense reports with this clever app, whose intelligent automation tracks your expenses in real time. Just snap a photo of your receipt using SmartScan, and the app takes care of the rest. Perfect for small businesses, accountants, entrepreneurs, and anyone who hates wasting time with spreadsheets. Cost: Free

Expensify
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