Whether you are traveling to visit customers or attend a conference, business trips can be a common part of many workplace routines. “Despite new technology, such as Skype, which allows us to connect in real-time, nothing beats face-to-face interaction when it comes to sealing business deals,” says business expert from THEGOODESTATE, Mary Wilson. While business travel can be exhausting, modern technology can help you get the most out of your trip. With this in mind, here are five tech must-haves to make your next business trip more productive and enjoyable.
Universal Power Adapters
Electrical outlets and voltage often vary from country to country. This means that without a power adapter you won’t be able to recharge your devices, such as laptops and smartphones. A universal power adapter is inserted into a local power outlet enabling you to charge your device, no matter where you are.
These days, smartphones are essential when it comes to organizing both domestic and international travel. They are often used for booking hotels, arranging meetings and communicating with loved ones back home. And let’s face it, many of us would be lost without GPS navigation. The bad news is that the more you use your phone, the more frequently you will need to recharge it. Bringing a portable charger with you on your trip can stop your phone from running out of juice while you go about your day. Most chargers let you charge multiple gadgets simultaneously and some are even solar powered.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
You might be dealing with some sensitive business information during your trip, and it is important that it remains secure. This may not always be the case when you connect to WiFi hotspots or use mobile data. As such, investing in a VPN is a great idea before you travel. A VPN encrypts your data and disguises your IP address to protect your information from hackers.
International SIM Card
When it comes to using your smartphone overseas, you have a number of options. You can invest in a US SIM card that can be used internationally—these provide both data service and phone coverage. The rates for this service vary depending on the plan you are on. Alternatively, if your phone is not locked to a specific provider, buy a SIM card once you land at your destination—this can be easily done at most airports. This usually tends to be the cheaper option.
Language Learning App
Language learning apps, such as Duolingo, are very handy for those wishing to pick up a few words of their destination country. This free app uses games to make learning fast and enjoyable. The games focus on speech, reading and comprehension, and get more challenging as you unlock new