On the go and need information fast? Google has got some great travel-friendly tricks up its search sleeve. Here are four of the best.
1. Flight status
Enter the flight number for any flight in the world and Google will fling back a report on its current status.
Google pulls this information from flightstats.com, and clicking the link to flightstats will serve up some extra information if needed.
If you've got an iPhone 4S, you can get the same flight status report by asking the voice-controlled Siri 'personal assistant' built into Apple's latest smartphone. The question you need to ask is "Tell me about [name of airline] [flight number]": for example, "Tell me about Qantas QF31".
2. Currency conversion
You can do a quick conversion between any two currencies on Google.
However, if you're going to use currency symbols, don't incorporate them into the currency amount – for example, asking for "$HDK1000 in AUD" doesn't work.
Note that you don't have to use the official currency symbols – plain English works just as well.
Type the name of your destination and include the word "weather".
That's great for an instant check of current conditions. However, if you're looking to be sure you've packed the right clothes for a business trip, try the optional five-day forecast at Weather.com (here's a glimpse at the next five days in San Francisco).
4. World time
Get the current time anywhere in the world, just by putting in the place name and "time".
(There's plenty more that Google can tell you instantly – check out Google's full list of search features.)
About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.