Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 15 2015

4 Awesome (And Free) Tools For Business Travelers

By Mary Reynolds Kane


Site visits, sales calls, fundraising dinners and more — there is no shortage of trips to schedule when you’re in the meetings industry. If you’re used to staying on the road for your professional responsibilities, check out these four free tools designed to make business travel more comfortable, more tasty and more productive.


Is there Wi-Fi on the plane? How wide is the seat? What about laptop power and seat type? Forget waiting until the boarding call to figure out how much you’ll be able to enjoy your flight. With SeatGuru, you can compare a wide range of the details that will matter once you take off and you can determine whether paying for that upgrade to “Basic Economy Plus” is really worth the money.

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Eating on the road is not always fun or healthy. Sure, you can compare options on Yelp or a range of other peer-to-peer review sites, or you can trust LocalEats. Named one of the 10 Best Apps for Traveling Foodies, this tool delivers plenty of helpful information along with reviews from notable food critics.

Google Translate

Finding a great restaurant doesn’t automatically guarantee a great meal if you don’t understand the menu. As more US-based meeting professionals travel internationally, Google Translate is an absolute must. Just point your camera at text in 26 different languages, and the app automatically provides a translation in the language of your choice.

SEE ALSO: Tips For Coordinating Programs Outside The US

Wi-Fi Finder

While more hotels are offering free Wi-Fi, Internet access can still be a challenge depending on your location. If you want to make sure you can always stay connected, Wi-Fi Finder is your guide. The app delivers all the free and paid hotspots nearby with a list of providers and exact locations.

Business travel doesn’t have to be all about work, though. Click here for three tips to make your professional trips more personally fulfilling.

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