This is not a new, or even particularly innovative topic – but it’s a question I’m asked a lot, and worth an update once or twice a year. My job keeps me on the road quite a bit, and I find myself frequently traveling with both an iphone and an ipad. Both can get a bit cluttered after a few months, and it’s the time of year that I find myself ‘spring cleaning’ to pare down to what I really need. Which includes:
Tripit Pro: Yes, it has an annual fee. But if you are a road warrior, it’s worth it. The alert system on flight changes is tied into the airlines in a way that somehow, magically, has alerted me to flight cancellations up to two hours before the airlines themselves get around to it. On three separate occasions this year, I’ve been able to re-book before my co-flyers even knew there was a problem, more than making up for the $50 annual fee.
United Airlines App: It’s free! And it makes using their paperless tickets so easy and convenient…also, you can switch seats while waiting in line at TSA.
myAT&T: I’m not endorsing them as a service provider (trust me, there are still issues). But if you travel internationally, particularly to Mexico, AT&T it pretty much your only choice. Their mobile app allows me to quickly switch the service plan on and off, literally from the tarmac, to make sure I’ve got international rates, texts, and data set up correctly (and I never think to do it until I’m about to leave; it’s a lifesaver).
PS Express: the photoshop app may not be free, but it’s another one that is worth a few bucks. I’m able to edit images on the fly, with a wide variety of tools and filters, all in an easy-to-use format.
Amazon (on ipad): If you travel frequently, you know the pain of constantly being out of dog food/toilet paper/birthday presents for your mom. Amazon has a really easy interface and one-click shopping. Last year I upgraded to Prime, and have never looked back.
Fleetly: this app is really more of a social network for the fitness community. It helps me stay on track when I’m in different time zones, gyms, and general chaos. I particularly love that I can build my own workouts (usually when I spy something in Fitness Magazine, for example, that I want to remember) – and then track exactly what I did on any given day. It’s not for everyone, but I really like the social aspects and the badges.
Evernote: My long running love affair with Evernote is showing no signs of slowing down. Not only do I use it to keep notes on the fly, and to-do lists, and save articles for later…I also use it to take quick pics of receipts while I travel, saving me tons of time on expense reports.