Mobile apps for turning business travel into a cultural experience

2/14/2014 3:04:10 PM

From the moment they pick up their cars for business travel to when they get back on the plane to head home, people who travel for work are often overwhelmed by the busy nature of the excursion. Going to meetings, navigating the city and recovering from jet lag can take up a lot of time, and few travelers have the opportunity to really explore the cities they visit. However, advancements in technology can make it easier for you to get to know the art, food, music and other aspects of your destination. Try these mobile apps to turn your business trip into a cultural exploration: is a social networking application that brings together guests at hotels who have common interests. You can create your own profile and indicate what you're looking for, such as someone interested in playing tennis or another business person with Excel skills, and you can filter by age, country, language and other factors. If you see someone you're interested in meeting, send them a direct message. provides business travelers with recommendations for places to eat and sites to see from real locals. You can also find suggestions on shopping, entertainment and hotels, all straight from the mouths of area business people and artists.

Now is a unique tool that provides you with travel ideas in your destination by using Instagram photos. It looks at users' images to find hot spots in the area, taking into consideration how many "likes" and shares each photo has received. You can organize the options by the type of event, such as parties, outdoor adventures and fest​ivals, to find out what's going on right now.

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