Posted by Brian McCullough
What officially qualifies you as a “road warrior?” I travel for business about 10-15 times a year. I know that’s woefully inadequate compared to other people’s bona fides. One of these days I’ll put up a post outlining my travel tips and strategy. I’d be interested to solicit other people’s techniques.
In the meantime, I found a excellent list of the top 10 Travel Web Tools from MakeUseOf.com. If business travel is a regular part of your work life, you can’t afford not to be aware of these sites. I can’t vouch for all of them, but the ones I’ve used I recommend highly. For example:
- ATMLocator – Global ATM locator
Absolutely and positively vital. I have this as a favorite on my phone’s web browser. Especially in foreign countries, I hate to load up on cash at the airport. If anyone is going to be watching, it’ll be there, and I’ll be an easy mark when I head for the parking garage/train. Also invaluable when you’ve just dropped all your cash on a client lunch and you need to surreptitiously load up again. A quick check on your phone and you can find the nearest bodega with an ATM.
- MetrO – Public Transport Guide for your mobile phone.
Another excellent tool for your cell phone. This one’s downloadable.
- They mention Yapta for tracking airline ticket price fluctuations. I’ve never used Yapta, but I am a big fan of FareCast.
- I did a review of TripIt a couple of months ago. I am really excited by this idea (moreso than some of the commenters were) but I haven’t had the chance to test this on an actual trip yet. I’ll let you know.
- SeatGuru – Extensive guide to airplane seating, in-flight amenities etc.
The old favorite. If you’ve never used this before, it’s a can’t miss tool for deciding which would be the best seat assignment for you based on which type of plane/carrier you’re on.
- I’ve never tried AirlineMeals (directory of airline menus) or TheBathroomDiaries (global rating guide helping you find the cleanest bathrooms around) but I’m especially excited about the latter.
Let me know if there are any other sites out there you can’t travel without.