BELOW, WAYS FOR EVEN THE MOST SEASONED BUSINESS TRAVELLER TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF GLOBETROTTING.
THE APP LIFE
Download these nifty apps for a flying start.
01. POCKET CONCIERGE
Ground handler SATS has launched SATS Ready To Travel, a predictive mobile travel concierge enabling the purchase of insurance or pocket Wi-Fi devices for up to 50 countries. Besides detailing commuting times between the city and the airport, the app also sends reminders for passport renewals or visa applications. More importantly, it keeps you updated on travel advisories speciﬁc to your destination. Available on Google Play and iTunes
02. DIGITAL GUIDEBOOK
Free up your secretary for more pressing tasks by adopting Google Trips. This itinerary-planning software automatically aggregates travel information (such as ﬂight, hotel and even restaurant reservations) from your inbox and presents it on one single interface. It also suggests things to do in the vicinity, allowing you to take advantage of free time between meetings. The kicker? It works offline, too. Available on iTunes
03. OPEN SESAME
There is nothing more frustrating than failing to access a website that’s been blocked at your destination. Get around this problem securely by using Hotspot Shield VPN & Wi- Fi Proxy, a virtual private network enabling uncensored Internet access in 20 countries. An Elite annual subscription (up to $45) is required and allows for the app to be installed on up to ﬁve devices. Available on Google Play and iTunes
CLEVER WAYS WITH A SMARTPHONE
How to eke out the most of your smartphone on a daily basis.
STRETCH THAT TANK
Kick your phone into survival mode before the battery runs low. On both Android and iOS phones, head to “Settings”, find “Battery”, and switch to the power saving function.
ASSAULT ON BATTERY
Be mindful of the unnecessary luxuries that eat away at your battery life – keeping both Wi-Fi and mobile data enabled; having your screen brightness turned up or at maximum; and leaving Bluetooth enabled when not using peripherals.
AVOID MEMORY MELTDOWN
Make it a monthly habit to offload excess photos and videos to a cloud storage solution such as Google Drive. Also try apps like Clean Master that judiciously deletes duplicate photos.
THE GET-INTO-APEC-FREE CARD
The Apec Business Travel Card allows business travellers swift passage through airports within the 21 participating countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) region, by granting pre-cleared, short-term entry. Special fast-track lanes get you swiftly through immigration without the need to apply for individual visas – a godsend for frequent travellers to member countries. http://www.travel.apec.org/apply.html