Some people love it. Some people hate it. And some people can’t live without it. If your job requires you to travel across the country or around the world, then you’ll know that going on a business trip is an entirely different experience from taking a vacation with your family. This is true whether you’re hopping on a plane once a week or once in a blue moon. If you’re getting ready for another work trip, then you’ll want to visit some key travel sites before you do.
And I’m not talking about travel shopping sites like Expedia and Travelocity either. While those are certainly important, you’ll also want to make sure you have all the pieces in place for the most comfortable and most productive business trip possible. There is a smarter way to travel and it goes beyond remembering to pack an extra pair of socks!
Tip This Much
When traveling to a different country, you need to familiarize yourself with the local culture and local customs. And one of these customs is knowing how much you should tip when you eat out at a restaurant. Tip This Much takes the guesswork out of the equation by not only providing the standard tip percentage for a number of different countries, but it’ll even help you add the tip and split the bill. It’s just a web site for now, but it’ll soon be one of the most useful travel apps you have on your smartphone too.
Many factors need to be considered when choosing where you’re going to stay. Sometimes, you don’t have much of a say, because your company just books your hotel for you. If you are able to select your own hotel, one of the travel sites on your bookmark list should be SpeedSpot. It doesn’t talk about the comfort of the beds or the drink specials in the lounge. Instead, it lets you know just how fast the Wi-Fi in your hotel is going to be. We need fast Internet to work, after all! Hotel WiFi Test offers a similar kind of database.
WeFi Wi-Fi Hotspot Map
Traveling for work means that you’ll likely be spending a lot of time on your laptop in your hotel room, but what if you want a change of scenery or you need to stay connected near a conference center or work site? Providing a pretty good map of options is WeFi, helping you find available Wi-Fi hotspots. There are filters for whether the access points are free or paid, as well as whether you need to deal with splash pages before you can gain access to the web.
Coworking Visa Map
Even though public Wi-Fi access points are convenient, they may not be the most secure and you may not want to work at a cramped coffee shop. Another resource to add to your list of great travel sites is Coworking Visa Map. Coworking is exploding in popularity all around the globe. If you already have a coworking membership at a local office space, you may be granted complimentary access to other coworking spaces in other cities too. Enjoy the creature comforts, soak in the reliable Internet access and forge some new business connections too.
USA Today Travel
If your boss is getting you to travel, you may as well reap all the possible rewards and benefits you can. USA Today Travel has four great utilities for helping you get the most out of loyalty and frequent flyer programs. You can use the MileTracker to keep tabs on your account status, for example, or use the calculator to work out how many miles are between two locations. The program comparison tool is even better, looking at programs offered by airlines, hotel chains and credit cards.
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