7 top tips for smart business trips!
While business travel has a strategic dimension, controlling costs and maximising the value of travel are still a top priority. Discover 7 top tips which will help you to travel smart!
- Stay 100% productive on the go
You aim to always travel more efficiently. Discover applications which will allow you to keep the best of your business meetings and jot down good ideas while on the go. With Evernote, for example, you can take notes, organise them and share them wherever you are. To be even more productive, install Camscanner on your smartphone. This application will transform your mobile into a pocket-sized scanner. Digitise professional documents during meetings, and scan business cards to upload contacts directly into your address book. Character recognition, collaborative functions, it’s all there!
- Make the best of your loyalty points
To travel smartly, you need to take advantage of the loyalty programmes offered by tour operators, hotels and other airlines. However, it is not always easy to use these different programmes together effectively… Not unless you have thought to install the AwardWallet mobile application. It allows you to combine all of your loyalty programmes within a single interface. Once the services are all incorporated, notifications and alerts will be issued to help you get the most out of your points. In addition, if you would like to exchange points between different programmes in the future, go to Points.com! This web service will help you get the most out of your travel programmes.
- Business travel: mix business with pleasure
Although not a primary concern for the business traveller, bleisure (contraction of Business and Leisure) is nevertheless a small added bonus! When travelling to a city on business, you also need to organise your free time. With an application like Izi Travel, you can access a continually-expanding audio guide library. Even better, you can also contribute and create a guide to share with other members of the user community. Can’t find your destination on Izi Travel? Try the Guides by Lonely Planet application.
- Generate expense reports in real time
Traveldoo Expense solution is available as a mobile app or desktop solution. It has been designed to facilitate the day to day management of the business traveller. Thanks to the smartphone’s camera, tickets and invoices can be quickly scanned. You can geolocate your spending locations and instantly record your expenses in your electronic wallet or in your current expense report. Travellers can track the approval and reimbursement status of their expense claims in real time, on the application. Making expense claims has never been so quick and easy!
- Find the best places to go
There is nothing better than a pleasant setting (lounge, restaurant, etc.) for transforming your business meeting into a shared experience that will help forge strong ties with your contacts. Are you looking for the best places to go and want to look like a real local? Several mobile applications can help you create this illusion! For example, Around Me identifies your location and will show you the nearest ATM, café, theatre or ultra-stylish restaurant (and will guide you to it). If new technology is your thing, you may prefer Localscope which incorporates augmented reality to help guide you more accurately to the correct address.
- Mobile bills: avoid unpleasant surprises
Yes, it’s true: roaming and €1500 bills are a thing of the past… if you travel in Europe! But beyond that? In other countries around the world, unpleasant surprises linked to data roaming charges are still very much an issue. By choosing Roaming By Me, you will be using a mobile operator with services designed specifically for travellers. In particular, the Pocket WiFi solution enables mobile-connected travel to 160 destinations, while reducing roaming costs to a minimum.
- Flight cancelled? Overbooked? Get compensated
AirRefund is a company which specialises in enforcing international, European and national regulations in the event of flight cancellations or failure to comply with the conditions promised by airlines. AirRefund acts as a go-between and will get compensation for any traveller (including business travellers) in the event of flight cancellation, overbooking or delay of more than 3 hours. AirRefund handles passenger complaints from A to Z and will only charge a fee if successful. With Flightright, an alternative to AirRefund, you can find out potential compensation amounts directly on the site’s homepage simply by entering the flight number and date.