13 tips for returning business travelers
Help make your next trip more secure, seamless and sustainable
Airlines reported a record quarter in Q2, and global business travel spending is expected to rise 34% year over year to $933 billion in 2022. By all measures, business travel is back. As you dust off your roller bags and neck pillows and get back on the road, here are a few tips to help make your travel smoother, safer and more sustainable.
Business travel checklist
1. Avoid putting your devices in checked luggage.
An easy way to help mitigate opportunities for theft is to keep your devices in sight at all times.
2. Use VPN.
Using a Virtual Private Network is as easy as installing and running an app and can go a long way in helping keep your data anonymous. Be sure to choose a reputable VPN provider.
3. Avoid public Wi-Fi networks, where you’re more susceptible to hackers.
In many countries, it is not the norm for networks at internet cafes, hotels or public spaces to be secure. Arrange ahead of time to use your mobile device as a hotspot.
4. Never plug your charging cable into a public USB port.
Public USB ports are an easy way for attackers to load malware onto your device. Instead, bring a brick adapter and use a wall outlet to charge your device.
5. Cut down on queue time.
Incorporate touchless tech like Visa’s Tap to Pay to help expedite payments — and maybe even skip the line.
6. Take screenshots of QR codes, confirmation numbers and receipts for offline access.
Don’t assume you’ll always have Wi-Fi or data from your carrier. Store trip-critical information in such a way that you have guaranteed access to it.
7. Download the apps of any hotels, airlines or other services you plan to use.
In addition to having multiple ways to access your purchase records, vendors’ apps often provide the easiest way to contact customer service.
8. Update and test your tech before you hit the road.
Don’t get surprised with a mandatory software or app update five minutes before a presentation. And if you recently fired up a new phone or computer, take a few minutes to run through your most common use cases so you don’t experience embarrassing “technical difficulties” in front of a potential client.
9. Pay digitally in local currencies when possible.
Foreign merchants may offer to convert your bill to your home currency. Although it is convenient to see the total that way, the conversion may include a markup.
10. Track the environmental impact of your spending on-the-go.
Companies like Ecolytiq are beginning to offer cardholders the ability help track and offset the carbon impact of almost any purchase. Contact your bank or payment provider to see if this service is available to you.
11. Plan your trip on a site that highlights more eco-friendly flights and lodging.
Many flight booking sites will show you itinerary options that contribute to more efficient fuel usage and travel patterns. Some lodging adheres to certain environmental and energy use certifications. Make the more sustainable choice when you can.
12. Support local businesses wherever you go.
Whether it’s a farm-to-table restaurant or a boutique featuring local makers, odds are the goods have traveled a shorter distance, meaning less waste and less emissions.
13. Use local transit while at your destination.
Not only does this help reduce your carbon footprint — tap to ride mobile technology lets you pay as you ride where available, eliminating both the need to wait in line and the risk of losing a valuable ticket.
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