Productivity travel apps form the backbone of a regular travelers app war chest on their smartphone or tablet device. Put simply these are the apps that really help you out in time sensitive, decision critical moments.
Perhaps you are lost, struggling to find the way to the hotel while wandering unfamiliar streets. You have found a taxi hire but need to translate a map or directions for the driver. Or possibly you are bargain hunting in the mall and need a quick currency conversion.
Maybe this trip has limited time and budget and needs better organisation, financial and time planning. Or a reliable weather forecast for the rest of the holiday is needed, will it rain or will it shine tomorrow? I am sure that some of these holiday and trip scenarios sound very familiar.
Fortunately there is nearly always a suitable travel app that can do an admirable job of helping out. In the fast paced world of productivity travel apps there are plenty of travel apps available to help out in a time of need.
25 Productivity Travel Apps
Here we present a selection of productivity travel apps worth installing and checking out on the next trip away.
AccuWeather provides you the most up-to-date weather forecasts. It has won the Gold award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) thrice, and most recent updates have improved localized forecasts based on direct user-feedback.
The app tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the weather outside. Weather productivity travel apps are an essential install but you need a good one, this is it.
- Offers a 15-day weather forecast, helping you plan your travel better. Also indicates the number of hours it will rain on a selected date.
- Shows the different temperature and time of several cities across the world.
- Gives you information on cloud coverage, so you know whether it will be sunny or grey outside
- Informs you about the chance of a thunderstorm.
- Provides an Ultraviolet Index Forecast, telling you whether you’ll be dealing with weak or very powerful UV rays. If you’re planning a full day of sight-seeing or sunbathing at the beach, this information will come in handy.
- Tells you about ice levels, so you can take an informed decision on whether or not to drive or even step out.
- Want to inform fellow commuters or travellers about local weather conditions? With AccuWeather’s interactive features, you can share information on clear/dark skies, hail, snow, ice, rain, and risks such as flooding, high-intensity winds and slippery roads.
A slide navigation menu makes light work of getting the information you need. Millions across the world (Accuweather supports 24 languages) have downloaded this straight-forward, no-fluff and super-useful app.
XE Currency Converter
You’re at a souk in Dubai, and trying to compare the price of a gold ring in the local currency to what you would pay back home. XE is an one of a select few productivity travel apps that can be deemed truly essential.
You whip out your smartphone, open the calculator app and stare at the screen : what is the current currency rate? You now open another tab and ask Google. You’ll again have to go back and do the Math. Miss a zero or a decimal point and you’ll need to start over. It’s time to download XE Currency.
XE Currency is a popular web currency converter converting every world currency. In app form, it removes the pain of comparing prices on your travels abroad. Regardless of your destination, the app allows you to convert currencies quickly and easily. You don’t have to overpay or unnecessarily use up your mobile phone data. There’s also a calculator that you can use for basic math operations. You don’t have to move from tab to tab, and avoid number-crunching confusions altogether.
Use the app’s live currency rates and charts to see how two currencies correlate. You can check out currency correlations and status of currencies on a chosen date, switch currencies, and use a landscape orientation for optimal viewing.
With more than 40 million downloads, XE Currency is a handy app to carry around in your pocket. It also works offline by saving the last updated rates, helping you save on data or get information even in a place with limited connectivity.
Splitting bills and tips – whether at home or in a foreign country – can get socially awkward. But when you gotta do what you gotta do, Tipulator can save you the embarassment and ensure that you’re both penny and pound wise!
Tipulator is a tip calculator using which you can instantly calculate the tip amount based on how much you want to tip the waiter at a restaurant or bar. All you’ve got to do is enter your total meal and drinks amount, select the percent you want to tip, and hit the calculate button. The tip amount and the total will be displayed.
You can also use the app to split checks among friends. Just input the number of people who will be sharing the bill and Tipulator will calculate individual amounts in dollars and cents. It’s quick and nifty; you don’t have to dwell on your smartphone calculator or have your friend do the Math.
Tipulator is helpful to double-check calculations on your tab, especially if you’ve had the misfortune of dining at a rather seedy restaurant.
TripIt puts all your travel plans in one place, so you never have to rummage through confirmation emails in your inbox. Whether you have a busy itinerary or fly to business trips very often, the app is a great travel assistant and one of several productivity travel apps worthy of a place on your device.
You can start by signing up for the app online or just sending the service an itinerary from any major travel vendor – airlines, car rental companies and hotels, in which case TripIt automatically creates an account for you.
The TripIt app then crawls through all the key data within your confirmation emails and other itineraries you send and organizes it into a combined itinerary. It also syncs your plans with Google Outlook or Calendar, so you can now easily share this data with travel companions.
What’s so great about TripIt is the kind of heavy-lifting it does for you. Besides drafting a combined itinerary, the app also links to the airlines you’ve booked for flight status and online check-in, the predicted weather at each location, and travel-related information for your destinations. You can use their bookmarklet to visit a webpage, select content and add it to your itinerary.
Via TripIt, you can access your Gmail, LinkedIn or Yahoo to see which of your contacts are using the app, and invite those who aren’t. When contacts link to you, you can see each other’s travel plans and get notifications when you’re both in the same area.
Free app; $50/year Pro subscription
Packing is last minute work for some; for others, it is all about jotting stuff down on post-it notes, setting reminders on their smartphone, and jogging their memory for all the items they missed last time around.
If you’re not keen on packing and need assistance, PackPoint can make the boring task seem less so and help you make informed decisions on what to take on your trip and what items to leave behind. As productivity travel apps go this does a decent job of advising you what to pack for the trip.
The app asks you questions like your gender, you destination, time of travel and what you will be doing at your location, and puts a list of suggested items before you, including clothes, accessories, gadgets, toiletries and more.
Traveling with your baby? Going on an extended business trip? Planning a camping trip? PackPoint creates a customizable list of items that you may need.
There is also a Premium version of the app using which you can create your own lists and activities, and sync the data with other travel organization/productivity apps like TripIt and Evernote.
PackPoint doesn’t dramatically change how you pack, but it does a great job of getting you in the flow, and gets the task done. It over-suggests items so you don’t miss out on anything important.
Thousands of people are using PackPoint to get their baseline packing in order and save time. If the thought of packing for trips makes you break into a cold sweat, this one is for you.
When traveling abroad, the ability to understand and communicate in the native tongue can come a long way. You can ask for directions, make small talk, and get around more easily if you know at least a few key phrases of the native language.
Whether you plan to make a few local friends or want to feel safe by learning a few basic/essential phrases, DuoLingo will serve you well.
Bill Gates is said to have used the app to brush up on his foreign language skills. He’s one of the 70 million people who’ve downloaded the language learning app that helps you practice speaking, listening reading and writing in 15 languages.
You can make the most of the vocabulary and word matching activities as well as the gamification feature that add more fun to the learning experience. There are a number of levels, each with their set of activities that you can attempt to test what you’ve learnt. You can also compare your results with other users and try to get to the top of the leaderboard.
DuoLingo is anything but gimmicky, feeding you small chunks of vocabulary, and offering you engaging ways to practice and improve. The app is easy on the eyes and offers a user-friendly interface. It cannot replace a language tutor, but helps you pick up on the basics in a useful, meaningful way.
Tracking and reporting expenses isn’t fun for the busy business traveler. Thankfully, the folk at Expensify have come up with a handy app that does the job for you. The app has attracted millions of downloads, cementing its position as a preferred app among business travelers. Expensify is certainly one of several productivity travel apps worth installing on your device.
The Expensify app allows you to photolog receipts, track mileage or time, and import purchase information from your credit card for IRS-validated eReceipts. With a single click of a button, you can manually create different types of expenses.
Using the SmartScan feature, you can capture a receipt and automatically generate it as an expense. Besides time, rate and mileage based expenses, Expensify also offers currency conversion functionality, which is great if your job takes you to different parts of the globe.
Organize expenses into separate groups, export directly to your accountant or sync from your mobile phone to your computer. Neatly categorized expense reports will aid tabulation at the end of the year when it’s time to do the taxes.
Expensify also includes some value-added extras such as free flight alerts and itinerary-based expense reports. The integration options are also impressive, and include the usual suspects like Excel, Quickbooks and SalesForce to ADP, Intacct, NetSuite, Oracle and SAP.
If you don’t use Evernote, download Basecamp for its utility and simplicity. If you have Evernote on your phone, consider Basecamp as a complementary app. Basecamp can be used as one of the better productivity travel apps, this is why.
Basecamp essentially helps you collaborate better by streamlining communications across teams into a single funnel. You can run your projects smoothly from wherever you are, start new projects and archive old ones without having to go through an array of confusing options.
One of the biggest challenges of managing projects on-the-go is organizing and divvying up the work to be done. What Basecamp lets you do is break down large chunks of work into smaller lists that are easy to allocate, track and complete. You can also keep tabs on how your project is running, with real-time updates.
The app’s file storage feature allows you to organize PDFs, images, Google Docs and other files into folders so that all your team members can easily help themselves and save everyone’s time. You can also add Basecamp’s schedule to your Outlook or Google Calendar.
Does your business engagement involve juggling a lot of paperwork? Instead of putting all of it in Evernote – which may already hold a lot of your other work and personal stuff – you can move it to Basecamp.
It can serve as your dedicated/exclusive travel app, storing and sharing only business-trip related files, discussions, to-dos, milestone dates and more. After your trip, you can archive all the information, and start afresh with a project template for your next engagement.
In the dynamic productivity travel apps market, many apps come and go. There are few that last long on your phone and don’t give you ‘app fatigue’. Thankfully, there is always a set of new productivity travel apps around the corner to meet your evolving journey and holiday needs.
Here at GloHoliday We’ll keep you updated on the latest and best productivity travel apps that help you become a smarter, more efficient traveler.
Remember this is the final part of a four part series on useful travel apps. So if you arrived on this page via a search engine be sure to read part three and the preceding parts of this travel app feature also.