Business Travel Tips: Android Apps for Grabbing a Little Local Leisure Time

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Just because you’re on a business trip doesn’t mean you can’t take a little time for yourself to enjoy the local sights and sounds.

Whether you have a few extra days on your trip, or you’re just looking to unwind for a few hours, there’s no reason why you can find something fun and interesting to do, no matter where your career takes you. With today’s mobile technology, there are tons of apps that can help you find places to party, restaurants to eat at and parks to unwind in. Here are a few of the better apps to help keep the fun ideas flowing and keeping you informed on local events.

Gravy

The Gravy app specializes in helping you find something fun to do, anywhere in the United States. It connects to local restaurants, venues, parks and more to provide you with a great list of things to do.

Anytime you open the app, you will be prompted to tell it what you’re in the mood for. You can choose “Whatever,” which will give you a list of things happening in your area; “Lively,” which will direct you to shows and events; “Classy,” which involves museums, theatres and the like; “Brainy” will direct you to conferences, book readings and film festivals; and “Playtime,” which will list fun movies and hobbies.

You can find maps that will give you the location and drive times to all of the events. You can save events to your calendar and you can even buy tickets and share your ideas with your friends directly through the app.

Weather Live Free

Wherever your travels take you, you don’t want to get caught in bad weather. Who wants to buy tickets to an outdoor concert if it’s going to rain?

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This Android weather app is perfect for your travels anywhere in the world. Weather Live gives you the temperature and the “feels like” temperature, the humidity levels, the wind speed and direction and even the sunrise and sunset times. There’s also a constantly-updated radar that will show you what weather is moving in and out of your area.

The best part is, the app has a widget that lets you have all of that information right on your home screen, so you can get a quick glance at the conditions anytime.

Uber

While prices always fluctuate, you can save a lot of money traveling around a city by using a rideshare app like Uber rather than hailing a cab.

The app is very simple to use and hooks right up to your credit card, so there’s never any need for cash. Just open the app and type in the location you want to travel to. Once a driver accepts the ride, you will see an icon of their car so you know exactly how long you have until they arrive. Once the ride is over, simple walk away and let the app handle the payment.

Find some time for leisure on your next business trip with these apps.

Ricky Wroe is a businessman who travels every other month on business. He uses technology to his advantage, helping him to plan his trips and keep track of work, and life matters so he doesn’t forget anything.

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