What Not To Do When Traveling

We often hear the “dos” for traveling: pack lightly, keep liquids to 3.4 ounces, wear comfortable clothes and bring a jacket or keep snacks handy, to name just a few. Shared below is what we consider four travel “don’ts” to give you a more pleasant travel experience.

Do not do this while traveling

1. Don’t Buy $1,000 Worth of Wi-Fi

Checking the Wi-Fi in-flight plan appears straightforward. However, making sure you stick to the megabyte plan is critical as one Singapore traveler can attest to. According to the Wall Street Journal, this traveler says he signed up for a 30-megabyte plan for the flight, which cost $28.99. And though he knew he would be charged for going over the limit, he was shocked at how much he had accumulated just by looking through emails and uploading a Powerpoint presentation. His total came to $1,171.00.

2. Don’t Wait in Line for a Cab

Forget the long lines outside of the airport just to catch a taxi. Instead, prepare with the help of the latest apps. Try booking a car service through a convenient mobile app. According to INC.com,“online car rental booking website CarRentals.com recently released an iPhone app that lets users search for rental cars and book them on their phones.” Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are popular alternatives or Hailo if you’re traveling in Europe.

3. Don’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket

Many travelers fly the same airline to build up frequent flyer miles. According to CNN, “Even if you’re flying one particular airline often enough to get elite status (and the upgrades and priority treatment that come with it), it’s a good idea to pick a couple of secondary programs.” Some of the best deals lay hidden in overlooked airlines so it pays to do a bit of research.

4. Don’t Print Your Boarding Pass

Save the trees. With the developments of kiosk check-ins and smart phone technologies, the days of printing your boarding pass are long gone. Even using apps on your phone might be on their way out. “Technology is the strongest disruptive force in the travel industry today,” says Angelo Rossini, travel and tourism analyst at Euromonitor International. “Millions of people in Asia are already booking travel via text messaging.” According to CNN, Chinese online travel agency Ctrip sells air, train and other tickets utilizing WeChat, as well as travelers on low-cost carrier Spring Airlines that are using the service to book flights and to check-in.

There are always new tips and tricks you can learn that will make your business travel a little easier, and it’s our job at ATG to share those with you.  To learn more, contact ATG.