Essential iPad Apps for Business Travel

Apple iPads are gradually relegating net books to the background as the choice device for improving efficiency, managing tasks and keeping ahead of the boss. The White House Staff and David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister have all joined the iPad train, but they still seem to need faster aids to get through each day. However, the iPad is still the best device currently available and has greater mobility than a laptop. So, here are the six most essential applications business travellers should have on their iPads.

Kayak Explore and Flight Search

This is a free application, also with an iPhone variant that helps you to quickly search through Kayak’s travel specific search engine for available flights and hotel rooms. You can then make bookings in line with your schedule. The kayak search engine rummages through very popular travel sites and gets you the best deals based on the criteria you have specified. For instance, economy class or business class flights and level of hotel desired.

TravelTracker Pro

TravelTracker Pro is one app that helps you have all the information related to your trip handy, giving you reports of flight status and tracking flight maps directly from FlightStats for user in the United States. Its seamless integration with Tripit makes it all better as you can now have access to your flight times, meeting times, weather conditions, and all reservations you have made, even without internet connectivity. This app will cost you about $9 from the Apple App Store and also has an iPhone version.

WeatherBug Elite

This is another very important app for business travelers as a fore knowledge of the weather situation can help you get the best out of arriving in a place for the first time. WeatherBug Elite presents you with live forecasts and also information such as humidity, wind speed and air pressures etc. for a few days ahead. This can help you to better choose clothing or decide if you can do a quick sightseeing just after landing at the airport. At just $4.99, this app is also capable of delivering live feeds of ground weather to your iPad.

iBooks / Kindle Apps

This application helps you to eliminate the extra bulk brought about by carrying hard copy travel guides when visiting new places. You can get this app for free and install on your iPad, then visit Amazon.com where you will find a wide array of travel guides for any place in the world. This is for the Kindle format, while the iBooks format is available from Apple’s App Store. It greatly helps you and keeps your mind at ease with the knowledge of what awaits you at your new destination.

Free iPad Translator

This is another free but very essential application that gives you a head start on keeping track of what has been said in a foreign tongue. It supports multiple languages including French, Dutch, English, Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese and a whole lot more. Though, you would need a wireless hotspot or 3G access to use this app because it runs on Google’s API translator. Greater help comes with the editable history log of your translations and an in-built e-mail function for sharing purposes.


This is one free app that can help you save costs on calls made while you are on a trip and also eliminate roaming charges. TruPhone lets you keep in touch with your loved ones and business associates via VoIP calls which can be made to fixed and mobile lines. All you need in addition to your iPad is a wireless or 3G connection to transfer your calls over the internet.

Explore these and you will find out that they are some of the top iPad apps that will make traveling more fun and less work.

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