It’s the end of the quarter and you promised your team a fun getaway for the weekend. Company retreats are a great way to get your employees to bond outside of the work environment while relaxing and having a good time.
Regardless of what you plan to do, there are a lot of top-notch apps out there to make the entire experience more fun. Here are seven apps to think about incorporating in your next company outing.
If you and your employees are renting a bus or caravanning to your destination, Roadtrippers is an awesome app that will make any trip in the car more fun. In addition to being a GPS, it shows a plethora of interesting places you can stop along your chosen route. You can also plan out your trip to hit certain landmarks or famous restaurants. You can save exceptionally memorable places to easily return to or tell your friends about. Sitting in a car for hours on end is never a fun way to start and end a trip. Just be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to see the sights along the way.
Perfect for long hours in transit, Ozoneplay offers a huge selection of games you can play and compete with friends for real cash prizes. Entry fees start as low as $0.25. You can host players in a private party so you could get your whole travel group involved for some competitive gaming to pass the time. Just be careful not to raise the stakes too much. The last thing anyone wants is to start a vacation with no money. Available on iTunes.
If you’re taking your employees to a foreign destination, dealing with a language barrier can put a damper on the experience. Whether it be bargaining with salespeople or ordering off a menu, having a firm grasp on the local language is a great way to feel welcome and more in-tune with your surroundings. Luckily, it doesn’t take years of sitting in a classroom and a foreign exchange program to get comfortable speaking in another country anymore. Qtok is a futuristic translator app that gives you access to live interpreters so you won’t miss a beat. With 546 translators from a variety of different professions, you will always be in touch with a personal advisor for any language. Service can be performed over a call or a messaging system with photo and voice functions.
4. XE Currency
Another must-have app if you are bringing your employees to another country. XE Currency allows you to easily convert every country’s money system so you know exactly how much you’re spending. It also functions offline using the last updated currency exchange if you don’t have an international plan. XE is incredibly easy to use and ensures that you’re not getting ripped off in a foreign country.
One the best parts of traveling is discovering eateries and dishes you’re not used to. Foodspotting provides you with a visual guide of where to find awesome dining spots in your area. Unlike a lot of restaurant apps, you can search for specific dishes in the area rather than just businesses. Taking your employees out for fancy dinners is a great way to say thanks. With this app, everyone can do some research and find the perfect place that all will enjoy. In addition to operating on your location, the recommendations are primarily powered by reviews so even if the best item in the area is sold at a low-key food stand, it will lead to the right place.
Assuming you don’t have the budget to pay for everything your employees do on the trip, having a good system to divide up certain expenses will be beneficial for everyone. Splitting up bills manually can always be a challenge. No one wants to get short changed on a company outing. Whether it’s buying drinks at the bar, meals, or snacks, Splittr makes it simple to share costs between people. You can enter all your expenses as you go and make note of who paid for what. Then, the app will do the rest and determine what each person owes. If you are going out of the country, the app accounts for currency exchange so you don’t have to do any conversions on your own.
WiFi has become a basic need for people in first world countries. When taking your employees on a weekend getaway, chances are, everyone is going to be running low on data by the end. With Wiffinity, you are shown all the nearby places with WiFi so you don’t have to burn all your data or worry about roaming charges. The app coordinates with places like bars, restaurants, and hotels to create a community of WiFi sharing. It keeps a database of locations and encrypted passwords so you can connect to certain hotspots as needed.
Everyone loves a nice getaway from the office. It eases the work tension and provides a space where you employees can get to know each other on a more personal level. While some companies opt to take a break from technology in these situations, others prefer to embrace it to enhance the trip! Use these apps to help make your company outing more enjoyable and convenient!
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