Cutting-edge technologies are making it easier for individuals in just about every industry to do their jobs faster and more efficiently, and travel is no exception. Whether you’re hitting the road for business or simply to get away for a few days, there are many different services that you can take advantage of to make your trip more productive and relaxing. The next time you’re packing your suitcase, think about how you can capitalize on these four great travel technologies.
“Travelers can expect to see more wireless charging stations pop up in 2015.”
1. Wireless Charging Stations
More experienced travelers know to stash their phone chargers in their carry-on luggage, not in checked baggage. That’s because you’re always one layover away from a dead smartphone and a whole lot of boredom. The good news is that more and more businesses are installing wireless charging stations so customers can fuel up while they idle. In mid-2014, Starbucks began rolling out its wireless charging areas in the U.S., and the program has quickly spread to Europe and Asia. Fast-food giant McDonald’s has also begun to install wireless charging areas in its U.K. locations, so travelers can expect to see this trend pick up steam in 2015.
2. Mobile Expense Reporting
If you’re traveling for business and have the option to use mobile expense reporting, it would be silly not to take advantage of this technology. Collecting receipts and creating spreadsheets is often a mind-numbing task, so why not save yourself some hassle and file expenses as you go? Mobile expense reporting can help you stay productive both on the road and once you’re back in the office. If your company doesn’t use a mobile-optimized program, it might be a good suggestion to pitch to your travel managers or executives.
“With traditional expense sheet reporting, employees often become frustrated because they spend valuable time sorting through all their receipts, only to wait weeks, if not longer, to be reimbursed,” explained Dean Sivley, CEO of GroundLink. “It’s beneficial for both travel managers and road warriors when companies implement an expense reporting program that’s linked to mobile devices.”
3. Your Smart Watch
Most consumers invest in smart gadgets to help track fitness goals and make lifestyle changes, but these wearables also have potential to streamline your travel. Electronics that have GPS features can help you to navigate new cities as a makeshift tour guide. They can also keep you active on long flights by providing reminders to get up and stretch your legs. These are pretty standard features on smart gadgets, but the New York Times noted that W Hotels are working to enable smart watches to serve as room keys, so there may be some unique benefits for travelers in the near future.
4. The GroundLink App
Chances are that your phone is always within reach when you’re traveling, so make sure you take advantage of GroundLink’s mobile app. With a few quick taps, you can schedule a ride to the airport or book a car to pick up your party after dinner. Not only will you be able to set your pickup time and location, you’ll also receive a full price breakdown so you know exactly how much the trip will cost you in advance. If you’re away on business, you can use your company’s corporate account to book your rides. GroundLink makes it easier than ever to get around while you’re in new, exciting cities, and this means you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your getaway.