For many business travelers, a typical business meal consists of an artery-clogging burger and fries at convenient airport pubs, or unappealing, dry and tasteless sandwiches available from refrigerated carts in gate corridors. We’ve found a few smartphone apps that can help you track down healthier, more preferable choices and breathe new life into your travel meal rituals.
One of the best go-to mobile airport guides available is GateGuru, which allows easier flight tracking and provides a more comprehensive and unbiased perspective on airport eateries and retail outlets both nearby your terminal or at others so you don’t end up eating whatever is directly in front of you when something much better might be just a few gates away.
GoodGuide and Fooducate are winners of the United States Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge and empower users to make healthy choices effortlessly by automatically scanning barcodes of food products to instantly reveal how nutritious they really are. Fooducate’s scientific algorithms generate a letter grade (A, B, C, or D) for each product scanned, along with brief explanations and warnings about nutrients and ingredients. Now airport dwellers can quickly determine if a Snickers Bar is a better alternative to a Kit Kat! And you can use Chrome River's expense management software to snap a photo of your receipt to start a new expense report!
Printed Zagat guides were a trusted source for finding great restaurants for years. Now reams of user-generated content, restaurant ratings and curated restaurant reviews for thousands of top restaurants worldwide is available for free with a Google+ membership.
Urbanspoon’s free app has an uber cool slot machine like feature that spins out random restaurant recommendations just by giving the phone a quick shake. The shaking makes use of your smartphone's accelerometer, but you can also just touch the Spin button on the screen if you fear the fun sounds of a slot machine might have your accompanying colleagues reporting you to HR!
In addition to the apps above, you can find plenty more to help you locate Kosher, Vegan, and gluten-free restaurants, great bars and happy hours, as well as healthy snack shops and coffeehouse choices that won’t make you break your healthy-eating habits or force you to rely on that lousy little bag of free peanuts.
Our choice of Chrome River EXPENSE was made in part due to the very user-friendly interface, easy configurability, and the clear commitment to impactful customer service – all aspects in which Chrome River was the clear winner. While Chrome River is not as large as some of the other vendors we considered, we found that to be a benefit and our due diligence showed that it could support us as well as any large players in the space, along with a personalized level of customer care.
We are excited to be able to enforce much more stringent compliance to our expense guidelines and significantly enhance our expense reporting and analytics. By automating these processes, we will be able to free up AP time formerly spent on manual administrative tasks, and enhance the role by being much more strategic.