As International SOS director of security services for the Asia Pacific, Tony Ridley knows travel. He himself spends more than 120 days out of the year on the road, and he supports the travelling workforces of international companies every day. So how does Ridley stay connected? Here, he offers his thoughts on the best apps for both the Apple iPhone and HTC Android smart phones critical tools for helping him stay in touch and on top of things while travelling.
Like most people I use my smart phone as both a communications tool and mini computer while travelling 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 favourite travel apps those that I find indispensible 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 dont possess myself
2. Backed up by expertise and a richer Web-based content version
3. Ease, speed and functionality of the application version
Here are the key travel applications that I would recommend for iPhone users:
This application is the powerhouse of all my travel management requirements. I can centralise 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-based) application. WorldMate even helps me visually map out locations, distances and travel requirements between airports, hotels and meetings in Google maps.
This application has some overlap with WorldMate. However, I use TripIt because it primarily allows me to share my travel location and dates with colleagues, clients and even family. My itinerary can then be synchronised 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 International SOS travel group so we can see where our fellow team members are travelling or have been.
An inevitable part of travelling is accounting for expenditure on expenses. Therefore, I find this tool excellent for keeping independent and accurate tabs on all my spending, expenses and other reimbursables. The cumulative archive of all my trips also helps in planning and future budgeting.
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