So what do you take with you when you travel? An oft-asked question today due to our obsession with gadgets and apps, Even when we're up in the air we're reluctant to turn them off despite repeated (harassed) calls to do so.
I am not what you would call a “road warrior”, as my travels are sporadic and rarely far from home. Regardless, I can’t leave on a trip without my trusted MacBook Pro and my latest toy, iPhone 6 plus, along with the countless apps in both of them.
There are so many mobile gadgets and apps out there professing to help us on our business trips that if I wrote about just a portion of them I could end up with something akin to a thesis. To cut through the clutter I decide to get personal, and ask one of my industry road warrior friends what digital armoury he carries when on the road.
Faeez Fadhilah, CEO and co-founder of hotel comparison site Lagisatu.com, says,
“I am quite traditional, but whenever I travel either overseas, or just out of office for a meeting, I always have six apps. Most importantly they work no matter which part of the world I am in.”
Fadhilah has Dropbox to keep his work documents from web design to presentations to proposals; Google Maps to navigate strange places while overseas, (useful as it doesn’t require the Internet to search for a place); mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, to keep in touch with business contacts, family and friends; Skype for communicating with journalists, business associates, partners, employees and investors; Twitter for news and information; Linkedin to find out quick information about people, either those just met or those he has lost touch with.
Added to the list are a couple of my favourites for road warriors:
• Plug Finder: Handy when the battery of your smartphone or laptop is dying, This free iOS app (download at Apple App Store) uses your phone’s GPS to help find the nearest power outlets in major airports, train stations and bus terminals, and displays them on a map.
• Wi-Fi Finder: Another free app for both iOS and Android (download at Apple App Store/Google Play), which finds free or paid Wi-Fi easily and quickly. The app has a scanner that searches for networks (using the GPS on the phone), and gives information on where they are, how to get to them, signal strength or if the network is secure. A “Public Wi-Fi Near Me” option gives a listing of public Wi-Fi hotspots in restaurants, cafes and other places (free or chargeable).
Ever wondered how we existed before smartphones, laptops, apps and all things tech? I can’t.