For business people constantly on the go, the Apple iPhone and iPad can be indispensible toolsnot just for staying connected but also for planning and managing all aspects of a trip.
For frequent business travelers, the following 12 third-party apps are worth installing onto your iPhone or iPad before your next departure. In addition to these apps, many individual airlines, hotel chains, and rental car companies also have their own custom apps. Plus you can find apps within the App Store to help you navigate the public transportation (or subway) systems of almost any major city.
Price: Free; Developer: Tweakersoft
AroundMe uses the iPhone to pinpoint your location and then serves as a directory of businesses and services in your immediate area. The app's main screen displays a list of headings, like Banks/ATMs, Bars, Coffee Shops, Gas Stations, Hospitals, Movie Theatres, and Hotels. After you make your selection, it creates a customized list based on what's in your geographic area.
From this list, you can choose to call a specific company or service, get turn-by-turn directions from your location to that company, or view its location (compared to yours) on a map. You can also instantly add any listing to your iPhone's Contacts database.
Once you reach your destination, the AroundMe app allows you to post your whereabouts directly to Facebook or Twitter. This is an extremely useful alternative to using a telephone directory because the app utilizes your current location to create a custom business listing based on what's in your immediate vicinity and exactly what you're looking for.