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Travel: Navigate A Foreign City Like A Pro Using Your Smart Phone

Being a Lady Boss often means you find yourself spending lots of time up in the air in foreign cities you’ve never been before. Yes, I’m talking about business travel. Lost in translation? It’s no surprise that travelling to a foreign country can be overwhelming. Navigating your way through a world you have never visited, overcoming language barriers and getting used to currency and cultural differences can be stressful even for seasoned travellers. Personally, it scares me to death sometimes but after each business trip I always feel a sense of accomplishment and a bit older and wiser having made the trip.

There is valuable help readily available on your smart phone that can help protect and direct you thousands of miles from home. The experts at Vision Travel – Canada’s largest travel management company, have listed their top apps to help you navigate a foreign city like a true road warrior:

Vision Assure

Vision Assure

 

Vision Assure – Safety first. This breakthrough mobile app is used by Canadian companies to protect their employees while travelling on business. The app tracks all your travel arrangements and informs you of any changes or delays. It can also enforce an electronic fence to ensure you stay within a ‘safe zone’, and provide immediate 24/7 assistance including direct contact with local security if needed. Back in the head office, the app links to a global Tracker Map that shows the position of all travelling employees to ensure that they are monitored and accounted for at all times. This app is exclusively developed and distributed by Vision Travel in Canada.

 

TripLingo

TripLingo

TripLingo We often forget about the cultural differences when it comes to international travel. TripLingo is the one app that will help you adjust to your new surroundings with features like crash courses on local culture and translation of essential phrases complete with four slang levels. The app was named the “2012 Business Travel Innovation of the Year” by Fast Company.

EveryTrail

EveryTrail

EveryTrail – This navigational GPS app takes directions one step further. It provides an easy-to-read map complete with street names, a compass and audio guides. It also features points of interest geo-targeted to your location. Individuals can share their tips and tricks on places worth seeing which is housed on the app.

XE

XE

XE Currency App – The XE Currency App is one of the best currency apps available on the mobile market. It has the ability to convert every world currency and offers live proprietary exchange rates.

Zagat

Zagat

Zagat – After a long day of meetings, the one thing you can look forward to is a delicious local gastronomic meal at a renowned restaurant. With the Zagat app you’re able to filter restaurants by ratings, cost, cuisine, feature dishes, neighborhoods and more. The app geo-targets your location and offers some of the best and most notable restaurants close to you. Bon appetite!

WiFi Finder

WiFi Finder

WiFi Finder – Because business travellers need WiFi just as much as the air that they breath. There is now an app that features over 550,000 free and paid WiFi hotspot locations in 144 countries worldwide. The app filters the hotspots by location (i.e. hotel, café, library, etc.) nearest you.  You will never have to worry about not being able to connect to the online world ever again.

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