Sometimes it is hard to travel internationally for business or leisure; especially if it is an unplanned trip on short notice due to a business or family emergency. Thanks to the Apple iPhone, international business and leisure travelers can have a handy tool to act as their personal assistant along the way.
With exchange rates changing all of the time; especially in today’s economy, investigate currency exchange rates before you arrive. This will not only help keep to your budget, but will allow you to avoid any problems should some international currencies have a disproportionate value over their American counterparts. This will not only prepare you for the inflated costs, but will save you stress from wondering why your credit card bill is higher that you planned it to be The iPhone’s downloadable application, Converter Pro, allows for currency conversion based on current exchange rates.
Whether this is your first time with a country’s native language or not, travelers can learn key phrases and words relevant to both international business and leisure travels. While waiting for your flight or in the taxi, consider learning some useful phrases designed to help you with planned activities (eating, shopping, asking for directions, lodging). A greeting in a native language, common directional questions, or menu translations can be achieved with the iPhone’s downloadable application, Free Translator.
While exploring your new international city, eat and enjoy the local cuisine. After using the Free Translator application to better help understand menu items, the iPhone application, Check Please, was designed to help international business travelers calculate tips based on currency conversions. If you are unsure how to tip in a foreign country, the American standard of 15 to 20% of the pre-tax bill should suffice.
Before heading to the airport-both pre and post travels, plan ahead and pack appropriately. Because so many airlines charge extra fees for extra and/or overweight bags, the application Weather Bug allows international business and leisure travelers to view forecasts from over 45,000 domestic and international locations. This will help determine if a coat, raingear or other essential clothing items will be needed, and help alleviate the fees incurred for packing unnecessary items. Note: If slightly over, at the airport, consider putting on some extra layers to reduce weight costs. You can always take a sweater or two off once onboard and keep them in your lap.
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 domestic business travel, all available by clicking on my name or picture.