Small business owners, entrepreneurs, sales reps, convention goers and other work-related travelers can often become overwhelmed in a new city, between a new environment and a busy schedule. Many times, they must rely on a person or a variety of gadgets to help ease their transition from one city to the next. With the business professional in mind, part of the Apple iPhone’s applications were created for the professional business person with a variety of downloadable applications created to assist road warriors, air travelers, and their guests/colleagues.
After preparing for possibly months in advance, you may want to take advantage of any available downtime and relax before or after the big event. While in transit, take some time to explore the iPhone’s non-business applications. Sports enthusiasts can catch-up on the latest professional sports’ scores with the free downloadable application, Sportacular. Here, all scores, trades, updates, and poll rakings can be accessed for most professional sports. On the other hand, if you are looking for a little more news than sports, both current and breaking news, consider exploring the NY Times and AP Mobile News Network. If however, your idea of relaxing is reading a good book, the eReader application available on the iPhone offers thousands of non-copyrighted book titles for free.
With the increased cost of baggage and most companies imposing tighter restrictions on travel budgets, consider using the iPhone to help plan your packing needs and time management. A great packing and planning tool is the Weather Bug application. This iPhone application allows travelers to view weather back home, in an airport stop (layover) or at their next business destination. Business travelers can pack and plan for any possible delays or climate changes due to weather and adjust their time and luggage accordingly.
For road warriors and traveling salespeople, bring the iPhone with you as a road companion. If driving is your preferred method of transportation, the Gas Bag application allows drivers to use their iPhone and check current gas prices at each upcoming exit. This is especially important for travelers and business people who have to pay out-of-pocket expenses themselves and wait for company reimbursement.
No matter how you get to your destination, once there consider making the iPhone your personal assistant. Along the way, and throughout your trip, you may need to plan a business dinner, or else want a no-hassle way of locating your favorite foods (by type). The downloadable applications, Urban Spoon and Yelp allow for advance planning when determining your next meal.
Finally, whether on the go or not, learn to use your iPhone as an important motivator and nutritional resource. Who says you can’t eat healthy on the go? With the Restaurant Nutrition application, iPhone users can view nutritional information for many eateries at their fingertips.
While there are many more uses for the iPhone, some I have authored include using iPhone’s to plan a vacation, assist with college studies, and assist with international business or leisure travel, all available by clicking on my name or picture.