BostonCoach Supports: Water For People & US Vets Women’s ADVANCE Program

Here at BostonCoach, our values guide us in everything we do — including how we give back. That’s why we’re honored to donate premium chauffeured transportation to the Harvard Business School charity auction being held this Friday, May 3. All proceeds from this event will go to two inspiring causes: US Vets/ADVANCE Program for Women, a non-profit that provides comprehensive services tailored to female veterans, and Water for People, a non-profit that focuses providing resources for long-lasting, safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries.

We are proud to support the wonderful work of these organizations and encourage you to learn more by visiting the US Vets/ADVANCE Program for Women site and the Water for People site. You can also support both of these great causes right now:

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Travel Tech: iTranslate App Speaks Volumes

iTranslateWhether you’re traveling to different countries or simply doing business with international clients, breaking down language barriers is a must. The iTranslate app makes communicating with anyone easier, giving you access to over 60 languages right in your mobile device:

  • Through voice recognition you can speak into your phone and instantly convert any phrase into text in any language.
  • The app’s built-in dictionaries offer a variety of options for the word or phrase you’re looking to translate, including a list of meanings, contexts and suggestions.
  • The text-to-speech option offers an interesting twist, allowing users to type a phrase into iTranslate and have it speak the translation back to you — in the voice and at the speaking-rate of your choosing.
  • Last but not least, iTranslate allows users to save commonly used phrases and their most recent translations, and to share any translations via social media or email, without ever leaving the app.

You can download iTranslate on your iPhone, iPad and Android — and soon on your Mac — for free. Learn more about how iTranslate is helping international travelers feel more at home by visiting their site and checking out reviews for the app at the iTunes store.

 

 Photo courtesy of iTranslateapp.com

 

 

BostonCoach Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News of the Week

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Every week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: quelling business travel stress, staying healthy when you travel, what executive travelers want when they travel, and more!

Mobile Travel Services: A BTN Research ReportBusiness Travel News

Last month Business Travel News conducted a survey of corporate travel and meeting managers and buyers to assess the level of support for mobile technology within corporate travel programs, including mobile communications strategies, policies and any recommendations of travel apps. See what the survey shows.

Business Travel Stress: How To Unwind On Your Next Work TripHuffington Post

If you travel for work, being prepared in advance can go a long way in making the experience more pleasant. Click through the slideshow here for ways to minimize stress on your next work trip.

Survey: Travelers want more self-service optionsExecutive Travel

Instead of relying on airline employees to help them with their travel processing and problems, air travelers would really like to see more technological options for taking care of themselves, according to the results of a new survey. Do you agree?

Business Travels are Mobile First Consumers [Infographic]UberMedia

See how you compare to the business travelers in this Mobile Marketer’s Guide to Business Travelers.

Healthy travel tips that won’t tip the scalePR News Channel

Healthy business travel is easier than you think. Take a look at these four top tips and see which ones you can incorporate now.

 

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

For the past 61 years, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) has been honoring some of the hardest-working people in business through their “Administrative Professionals Week” event. Administrative professionals are the dedicated members of every company who make their office great. Today is Administrative Professionals Day 2013 — have you thanked the person who makes your office great?

Administrative Professionals Week 2013

Keeping offices organized and working efficiently is an incredibly important job. The BostonCoach team would like to salute all of the sharp, hard-working, and dedicated travel arrangers and administrative professionals we work with every day. You often operate under the radar and behind the scenes, but everything you do is integral to a business’s success. Working with you is truly a pleasure — and we know your colleagues would agree.

Get involved with Administrative Professionals Week by reading all about the event and be sure to follow IAAP on Facebook and Twitter @IAAP.

 

Travel Tech: Concur Mobile App

10-free-best-apps-for-travelExpense reports are the bane of every business traveler’s existence. From collecting paper receipts to inputting data to filing reports, this largely manual process takes serious time and effort. Concur is trying to help change that, with an easy-to-use mobile app designed to save time and cut down on the paper trail that follows you as you travel.

As recommended on appPicker, “The travel features [of Concur] are extensive too… There was no worrying about losing receipts and remembering them all, as I could easily add them as I incurred each one.”

Watch how Concur works here:

Be sure to visit the Concur site to learn more about their company services, other travel apps, and more. Follow @Concur for news, customer service, and the latest info in their industry – including updates about their recent conference #CF2013.

 

 

What We’re Reading: The Latest in Business Travel News

bostoncoach_findsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: putting the travel back in business travel, apps for executives, what traveler stress means for businesses, and more!

12 Ways to Put the Travel Back Into Business TravelWhere
Sure, there will always be those business trips that are a rushed mess, but on most trips, you have some flexibility to explore. So with that in mind, here are 12 tips to get more quality travel experiences into your business trips.

10 New Apps for Business ExecutivesNetwork World
Are you making the most of your mobile device? Let these mobile apps aid in organizing your life and work while you’re en route.

United on track to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013United Hub
In honor of Earth Month, United Airlines announced plans to reduce fuel consumption and try new energy-efficient programs in an effort to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious.

10 women business leaders, 64 smart travel tipsCNN Money
Learn how these powerful women travel – and get their tips for staying sane and doing business while always on the go.

CWT Announces Travel Stress Algorithm Business Travel News
CWT found that travelers can experience stress for as much as “6.9 hours per trip” as measured in “lost time, or time unavailable to travelers to work or rest.” That translates to a financial loss of as much as $662 per trip, according to CWT’s calculations.

BostonCoach Travel Alert for April 19th

As of this writing, public transportation has been suspended in and around Boston until further notice. In addition, all of Watertown, Boston, Brookline, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge and Allston/Brighton are under a “shelter in place” order, which means people are being asked not to leave their homes and businesses.

BostonCoach is still providing service and we are able to drive to the areas listed above. However, for security purposes, chauffeurs are being asked to stay in their vehicles with their doors locked until their passengers arrive and identify themselves.

The following road closures remain in effect:

  • Boylston St. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Huntington Ave./Columbus Ave. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Massachusetts Ave. from Newbury St. to Huntington Ave.
  • Hereford St., Gloucester St., Fairfield St., Exeter St., Dartmouth St., and Clarendon St. from Boylston St. to Huntington Ave. (or Columbus Ave. for Clarendon and Berkeley)

We are monitoring this situation and will provide updated information when available. We are also waiving cancellation fees for all Boston-related travel.

To make or modify BostonCoach reservations, please call 800-672-7676.

BostonCoach Travel Update for Boston April 17th

As of this time, we wanted to let you know that several Boston streets remain closed to traffic due to the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon:

  • Boylston St. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Huntington Ave./Columbus Ave. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Massachusetts Ave. from Newbury St. to Huntington Ave.
  • Hereford St., Gloucester St., Fairfield St., Exeter St., Dartmouth St., and Clarendon St. from Boylston St. to Huntington Ave. (or Columbus Ave. for Clarendon and Berkeley)

Additional delays are expected as a result of President Obama’s visit to Boston tomorrow to attend a   service honoring the victims of this tragic event.

If Monday’s events or these continued traffic restrictions affect your travel plans, we are waiving cancellation fees for all Boston-related travel.

To make or modify BostonCoach reservations, please call 800-672-7676.

 

Thank you.

Travel Tech: The Most Wired Hotels

An essential part of the business travel experience is where you choose to recharge – literally and figuratively. While a hotel can never offer all the comforts of home, some are luring road-weary travelers with the latest high-tech amenities.

Image credit: Hotels Paris Rive Gauche on Flickr

According to CNN Travel’s list of America’s 10 highest-tech hotels and Digital Tends’ High-tech hotels, the following are becoming stand-out hotel essentials that can make the difference between a memorable stay and one you’d rather forget:

  • Wi-Fi – Wireless Internet is a must. Our phones, tablets, and laptops are powered without wires and we expect internet access to be, too. Sure, we’re able to create our own hot spots and use our mobile 4G – but having a strong wireless Internet connection is an especially welcome addition when you want to move about the hotel and stay connected.
  • LCD HD TVs – Clear, beautiful picture quality is what we’ve come to expect in our own homes – and when we’re paying to stay at a hotel, we expect nothing less (and would appreciate more).
  •  On-demand & streaming entertainment – It’s hard to imagine that a television with a VCR was once a luxury. The days of renting movies are on their way out (with the exception of Netflix and Redbox), and streaming video or on-demand options are much better. There is no hardware to acquire and the selection is more elaborate that most of us could ever need.
  • Digital room controls – Many hotels are now offering high-tech room controls to let their guests easily adjust temperature, lighting, music and electronics. You’re able to customize your handheld technology – why not customize and set the mood for your entire room?
  • In-room iPads – Want room service? Looking to make a dinner reservation? Don’t bother using a bedside phone to call the front desk – use one of the iPads that are starting to become hotel-room mainstays.
  • Charging stations – When you’re always plugged in, you’re going to need to recharge your devices more frequently. Many hotels have Apple charging stations in the lobby, lounge or individual rooms to help you conduct business at 100%.
  • Natural amenities: Whether it’s the sounds of birds chirping or ocean waves crashing, hotels are beginning to look to the comforts of nature to pamper their guests. Many hotels are beginning to offer saltwater pools, natural spa settings, and eco-friendly or green products.

Only time will tell how these high-tech hotels will continue to wow their guests. What’s something you’d like to see in your dream hotel?

 

 

Photo credit: Hotels Paris Rive Gauche (Flickr, Creative Commons)

BostonCoach Travel Update for Boston April 16th

In the wake of the explosions at yesterday’s Boston Marathon, we wanted to let you know that several Boston streets are closed to traffic until further notice:

  • Boylston St. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Huntington Ave./Columbus Ave. from Berkeley St. to Massachusetts Ave.
  • Massachusetts Ave. from Newbury St. to Huntington Ave.
  • Hereford St., Gloucester St., Fairfield St., Exeter St., Dartmouth St., and Clarendon St. from Boylston St. to Huntington Ave. (or Columbus Ave.  for Clarendon and Berkeley)

We are monitoring this situation and will provide updated information when available. If yesterday’s events or the street closures affect your travel plans, we are waiving cancellation fees for all Boston-related travel.

To make or modify BostonCoach reservations, please call 800-672-7676.

Thank you.