Know on the Go: Travel Helpers for Business People on the Move


If you’re in business and do a lot of traveling, you might be wondering if there’s an easy way to be more efficient and productive on the road. What if we told you about a few apps for Android that can make your biz and pleasure trips safer, easier and a whole lot more fun? In the 21st century, there’s no reason to be disorganized, even when traveling.   Move through customs lines faster   Mobile Passport Control is an app that allows travelers to scoot through Customs in the simplest manner possible. Simply upload your passport info, make your declarations and upload to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service the moment your flight lands. If all goes well, you can expect a receipt from Customs that is good for four hours. Most airports have a special Mobile Passport Control line where you present your digital receipt and then go on your way, says Men’s Health magazine.   If you will be traveling through Boston Logan, San Francisco International or John F. Kennedy International Airport, Airgrub is an app you’ll want to know more about. Available for iOS and Android, Airgrub allows users to order and pay for food at restaurants and take-outs near the gates. Order, pay, grab your food and go. You won’t have to fly on an empty stomach nor will you have to wait in line to order food before your departure. Experts say that due to recent funding by the Airports Council International-North America, more Airgrub enabled airports will be online soon.   Apps that help you find affordable lodging   AirBNB is another app that makes traveling for business or pleasure a whole lot easier.This smartphone app offers info about more than two million BnBs in tens of thousands of destinations, according to Best Products magazine. Save time making travel plans and save a ton of money, too, when you choose private BnB lodging in lieu of pricey hotels.   Rain or shine   An accurate, up-to-the-minute weather app can make your travels easier and more comfortable, as well. Weather Live is a great app from Apalon that gives timely weather forecasts that help you plan what to pack. Satisfied users strongly suggest you try this app before your next trip.   Speaking of trips. Google Trips is worth considering, especially if you travel often. With this Android app, you can organize all your travel essentials in one handy interface. Use Google Trips to bundle your flight info, car rental information, hotel reservations and other important travel stuff. Location services in the app can help you with local restaurants and fun things to do and see at virtually any destination. Vegans on the go will be delighted with the HappyCow app. It costs a few bucks, but users who eschew meat find it very useful for finding vegetarian restaurants anywhere they go.   Travel smarter, eat better and have more fun on your business trips or pleasurable vacations. 21st century Android apps make everything easier. Visit Google Play and download a few smartphone apps today.   Tyler Groves is a frequent business traveler who shares his knowledge with an online audience of like-minded business travelers.

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