Staying Connected: Tips for the Business Traveler
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Imagine that your boss calls you on the road with a big emergency that you’re unable to fix because you don’t have access to the Internet. What if your son or daughter lost their first tooth while you are away and they want to show you their new gaping smile, but you don’t have video capabilities? Having quick and affordable access to technology is imperative for any business traveler in the digital age. These tips can help you stay connected to both work and family while you’re on the road:
1. Finding Wi-Fi Hotspots
Finding, connecting, and avoiding charges for Wi-Fi can be a real hassle when you’re working away from the office. However, there are tools to help you find Wi-Fi with ease. You can download WeFi on your laptop, which finds and connects you to available wireless networks for free. You can also download WiFi Finder on your iPhone or Android smartphone to find free hotspots. Finally, you can always enjoy our complimentary high-speed Internet when you stay with Country Inns & Suites By Carlson.
2. Video Conferencing
You’ll never have to miss another meeting when you’re traveling with ooVoo Video Chat. You can have a conference call with up to 14 people with crystal-clear audio. Skype is another popular tool that can be downloaded on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Video and voice calls are free to any other Skype user, and you can add group video, text messages, and worldwide calls for an additional cost.
3. Staying Organized
What if you could have a personal assistant with you at all times? Download Springpad to have a virtual assistant 24/7 on your phone or tablet. This app allows you to collaborate with colleagues, follow trusted experts in your field, and build to-do lists with reminders. Evernote is a similar program that is often used by business travelers on the go.
4. Syncing Across Devices
You may be organized and have access to wireless, but all is lost if you can’t access and save important documents across all of your devices. Dropbox is a popular cloud-based syncing service to consider when enabling file sharing; the system is very easy to use. If you would rather use a private network, install software such as GoodSync to keep your documents secure.
Knowing how to utilize today’s amazing technology will help you succeed on the road and help you keep in touch with your loved ones. Stay connected and stay in the action!
What app or software keeps you on top of your game while traveling?