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18
Apr

How to Better Manage Your Travel Phone Costs & Traveling With Multiple Colleagues

Our saga continues with our 10 best travel tips and 10 new smartphone/tablet applications all tailor made for the busy traveling professional.

Travel Tip of the Week #10:

Do not make international calls on your smartphone while traveling abroad without first looking into less expensive options. Before you travel internationally, be mindful of how much international calls will cost you or your employer. Instead, bring along a spare unlocked GSM phone with you when you travel. Then, simply purchase a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination. Now, you can use this phone to make local calls and you can receive calls and texts free (outside of the United States). Forwarding your work phone number to this new number will also allow you to cost-effectively conduct business calls while traveling abroad. Ask your business associates and clients to send you text messages instead as much as possible because less minutes are used and it will save you money in the long run.

Skype is also another great way to save money on international calls, although you will need to have internet access and a computer (or tablet), which may not always be readily available. Skype has varying packages depending on what you will need to do. The free account lets you call (from a computer) anyone with another Skype account, as well as allows you to conduct one-on-one video calls, instant messaging, and screen sharing.

Smartphone App of the Week

This week’s Smart Phone/Tablet App is called TripIt. This app is best used when you find yourself traveling with multiple parties or if you are meeting people after reaching your travel destination. This app allows for collaborating travel plans; arranging transportation and/or dinner, and much more between you and the other parties. You simply forward your itinerary to the app and the app then shares it with whoever you wish. Customization is available with maps, directions, and weather. There is a basic version which is free and a business version costing $29/year for up to ten users. This app is compatible with iPhone, Android and Blackberry. If you would like to find out more about this app or to download it to your smartphone/tablet, visit http://www.tripit.com/uhp/mobile.


This week will be our last post on these topics (for now), but we hope that you have enjoyed the saga and have learned about some great apps and travel tips in the process.

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28
Mar

Experience the Power of Social Media Networking & Easily Find Local Cuisine

Our saga continues with our 10 best travel tips and 10 new smartphone/tablet applications all tailor made for the busy traveling professional.

Travel Tip of the Week #8:

Use your social media sites to grow your list of potential clients.

Jump on the Social Media bandwagon to reach out to your friends. You never know when you will make it into a business deal.

Review your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. There are many people that you are connected to that you may have only met a handful of times or you only know them through someone else. Challenge yourself to reach out to a handful of new people each week using your social media sites and offer to buy them coffee. You never know when you can convert your existing contacts into a client or friend. Also, by doing this you are spreading the word of what you do and are growing your network.

Smartphone App of the Week

See how easy it is to search for local eats where ever you are.


This week’s App is Urbanspoon through iTunes. You may have heard of the website urbanspoon.com. Well this app is the portable version of the site where you can view all local and chain restaurants in your area. If you don’t know what you are in the mood for at that moment, you can also shake your smartphone or tablet device and a random restaurant will be selected. If you are not satisfied with the first selection, keep shaking until you find something that clicks.  You can search for restaurants by neighborhood, type of food served, and price range. This app can be used to find restaurants not only in the USA but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. If you would like to find out more about this app or to download it to your smartphone/tablet, visit http://www.urbanspoon.com/.

21
Mar

How to Travel With Your Boss & Have Some Fun on the Road

Our saga continues with our 10 best travel tips and 10 new smartphone/tablet applications all tailor made for the busy traveling professional.

Travel Tip of the Week #7:

Traveling with your boss is a 24/7 endeavor. Whenever you find yourself traveling with your boss, take these suggestions to heart to ensure a professional outlook on everything you do:

1)      Always remember your boss is watching you at all times and evaluating your behavior and mannerisms.

2)      Don’t cause problems but find valuable solutions while you are on a business trip – especially when your boss is tagging along.

3)      Always be punctual.

4)      Always be polite to everyone including staff members where you are lodging, restaurants, shops, etc.

5)      Do NOT drink too much.

6)      Do not ask for any special favors from your boss.

7)      Go with the flow – do not be difficult.

8)      If your boss is asking you to behave in an unprofessional manner, do not fall into temptation and politely decline.

9)      Keep your cell phone hidden from view.

10)  Do not lose your cool or cry no matter what the circumstances are. If you must do so, take it away from your boss’s sight and never in front of clients!

Traveling with your boss can be a rewarding experience but be sure to follow these tips so you remain gainfully employed. Remember, you’re still “on” even during down times with your boss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smartphone App of the Week

This week’s App is called Roadside America which was designed to make traveling on the road a more fun experience. This app helps you find all the wacky and crazy sites from coast to coast, like the world’s largest ball of string. This app has built-in GPS and you can choose which region you wish to look in. There app features over 6,000 attractions in the USA and will let you know of any new attractions and updates too. If you would like to find out more about this app or to download it to your smartphone/tablet, visit http://www.roadsideamerica.com/.

14
Mar

Take Time to Learn the Language & Track Personal Income and Expenses During Travels’ Abroad

Our saga continues with our 10 best travel tips and 10 new smartphone/tablet applications all tailor made for the busy traveling professional.

Travel Tip of the Week – #6:

Learn the key phrases in your destination country’s language. Even if you only know four or five phrases such as “hello,” “thank you,” “please,” and “goodbye”, you will receive genuine smiles and kindness from the natives and better service for making the extra effort. It’s an added bonus if you also know how to say you don’t speak the language in their native tongue.

Brushing up on key phrases in the native tongue of where you are traveling to will make you look that much more professional.

Smartphone App of the Week

This week’s app is called ProfiTrakr and is the perfect app for any traveler to manage his or her personal and business income and expenses on the move. There are over 60 professions to choose from and the app allows for simple and quick data entry. It also features an adjustable calendar to record the correct transaction dates. You can edit or delete any entry at any time and your mileage is calculated at the most current IRS business rate. You can enter in receipt amounts or you can capture actual receipt photos that can be stored in the app. If you would like to find out more about this app or to download it to your smartphone/tablet, visit http://www.appbrain.com/app/profitrakr/com.profitrakr.src/

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