MAKE TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU

23 Mar 2018

You’re in an unfamiliar city, you’re late for an important meeting and your phone’s battery dies. Or you’ve forgotten to change back to Airplane Mode after using a Wi-Fi hotspot at another destination three days ago. Chances are the costs will be horrendous.

Here are a few ways to make technology work for and not against you, when you’re far from home.

1. DON’T ROAM UNLESS YOU MUST

If you’re a smartphone user, be particularly vigilant when traveling; automatic data syncing and third party apps running in the background can rack up enormous data roaming fees. Contacting your service provider or researching their roaming policies online is highly recommended because fees and policies vary by carrier. You also want to confirm before you travel that your phone will work at your end destination.

2. STAY CONNECTED

Make sure that, wherever your business travel takes you, that you have Wi-Fi or enough data to stay connected. This does not only apply to remote destinations. Imagine breaking down late at night on a main road in London. You’ll need connectivity to get help.

3. BE IN CHARGE

Avoid frustration by always being very aware of the whereabouts of your phone charger, laptop charger, etc. A surprisingly large number of travellers, keen to get home, leave their chargers plugged in when they leave the hotel or B&B.

4. STAY IN CHARGE

Increasingly, international business is being conducted in countries that are underdeveloped, often without electricity. If you’re planning a business trip to such a country, it’s worth investing in a high capacity external battery. These batteries, weighing much less than a kilogram, will charge the latest smartphones up to seven times.

5. DON’T FRY YOUR ELECTRONICS

Especially if you’re going abroad for a significant amount of time, consider investing in a power converter with at least four USB ports. This way, you can be sure that there are outlets available when the need to charge phones/tablets/ laptops arise.

Your hotel room becomes your home-from-home when you’re away for two to three weeks. Invest in a Streaming Stick and, at the end of a busy day, you can kick back and watch YouTube channels.