Smart Phone Apps For The Traveling Diva!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Greetings Divas! First, I would like to apologize to you all for being incognito, but the Pro Diva has been busy! In addition to working my daily 9 to 5, I've been putting a few things in place for a bigger, better, more fabulous Martini Chronicles...I can't wait for you all to see what's on the horizon!

I've also been doing quite a bit of traveling as of late, which is an exhausting task in itself. It just so happens that I came across this ARTICLE while I was on one of my recent journeys. The article discusses 5 Money-Smart Apps for Business Travelers. Being the inquisitive Diva that I am, I checked them all out just in time to give you all my opinion...okay you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm going to give it anyway!

The App - Foursquare
The Skinny - Allows you to "check-in" to various locations around the globe. In doing so, you may stumble upon a few deals offered by merchants who have teamed up with the FourSquare folks.
The Verdict - FourSquare is my personal fave on this list. I use it everyday, and I have personally benefited from the various deals that some merchants have offered just for checking in. This is also a great app when you want to discover what establishments are in your surrounding area. Pretty useful when you are in a strange city. The most important thing about's incredibly fun, and it feels great to get new badges!

The App - HelloWallet
The Skinny - Similar to Mint's personal finance manager, but the basic version with cost you about $9 per month. Allows to track your finances and create budgets.
The Verdict - It seems pretty cool, but I refused to pay the subscription fee to give you all an in depth review. For more info, check out

The App - TurboScan
The Skinny - It allows you to use your camera phone to scan documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. You can then store and/or email the item as multi-page PDFs or JPEG files. Price: $1.99
The Verdict - Great app if you find yourself stuck in the airport with work to do. It's like a scanner in your pocket! TurboScan is only available for iPhones, but there are many similar alternatives on the Android market.

The App - Cardmunch
The Skinny - Similar to TurboScan, but made especially for business cards. It allows you to take a picture of business cards you acquire while attending professional events, and send it to a service that transcribes the information on the card.It then files the information in any contact management program.
The Verdict - Why didn't I think of this! Sure it may seem lazy to not want to import your own contacts, but who cares? Not me! It seems like a great idea to keep yourself organized, and it helps you to remember to enter your contacts. Great app, but it's only available for iPhones...Boooooooooo! Never fret Android users...there's a similar app for you. Try BizcardArmy.

The App - Kayak
The Skinny - Searches for cheap flights, hotels, and rental cars (the Travel Trifecta), and compares different rates. Also provides airline and airport information, and a currency exchange calculator.
The Verdict - Kind of awesome! Perfect for the business traveler looking for inexpensive traveling rates, some of which may have to be done while running between terminals in a pair of high heels. Its great for impromptu or unexpected travel. And it's free! For more info, check out

Your turn! What are some of your favorite traveling apps? Share!

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