Travel Tech: Find Me Coffee

coffeeEvery jet-lagged, overworked business traveler knows the importance of staying caffeinated while on the road. Sometimes finding that necessary cup of coffee in the morning (or anytime!) isn’t as easy as it sounds when you are traveling in an unfamiliar city. The Find Me Coffee app is a simple answer. Doing its part in keeping users awake and energized, this app finds the nearest place to pick up a cup. Including independent shops as well as the big brand stores, Find Me Coffee points you in the right direction. Check their website too for longer reviews, recommendations, maps, coffee products for sale and even a coffee blog. The app is free and available for iOS, Android, Windows phones, Blackberry and Kindle.

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_laptopEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: how to avoid surprising travel fees, the best freebies in first class and more.

Coolest First Class Amenities In FlightExecutive Travel Magazine  Many business fliers never have the opportunity to occupy one of the highly coveted seats in the First Class section, but many wonder what it would be like. Check out what splurging on that high-priced ticket will get you.

Growth Companies Invest More On Business TravelersBusiness Travel News   This survey shows that companies are wise to be spending money on business travel, as it seems to be working to their benefit.

Wellness Travel Can Give Agents’ Business A BoostTravel Weekly   Healthier travel is all the rage- from organic eating to working out while on the road. Read more to get up to date on this current travel trend.

Mobile Air Transactions Not Yet Mainstream– Business Travel News   While most business travelers have a smartphone in their carryon, the majority still don’t use it to book their travel. With more and more travel companies investing in booking apps (like BostonCoach!), will travelers make the jump from traditional booking methods?

7 Most Outrageous Travel Fees And How To Prepare For ThemNBC Travel   Surprising fees can pop up in unexpected places during a trip. Here are a few of the most common ones.

Lisa Censullo Returns! She’ll Lead BostonCoach’s Best of Boston DMC and Affiliate Network.

lisa cropped for WebWe’re excited to announce that Lisa Censullo has rejoined BostonCoach as vice president to head Best of Boston, our destination-management company, and our network of more than 400 affiliated car-service providers.

“Lisa will lead with vision and inspiration; she’ll help drive both client and affiliate satisfaction,” says Russ Cooke, BostonCoach CEO and Managing Partner.

Lisa was director of MIS at BostonCoach from 1993 to 1997. Most recently she was chief operating officer of Esquire Deposition Solutions, the largest court reporting firm in the U.S.

“I’m very excited to work with the team to provide outstanding experiences for our clients and build and sustain rewarding relationships for our affiliates,” Lisa says. “I couldn’t be happier to embark on this new journey.”

Travel Tech: GlobeTipping App

dollar tipEveryone knows you don’t need to tip a taxi driver in Chile. Or that a doorman in Rome expects a few euros for his troubles. And that a Japanese waiter will be insulted when you round up the bill in gratitude. The international rules on tipping are as varied as the difference cultures they belong to. Perfect for the international traveler, the GlobeTipping App is an easy way to make sure you get it all right. Offering tipping advice for more than 200 countries, this app allows users to calculate the tip on any bill according to local custom. Also included is a handy check-splitting feature that allows for factoring in drinkers and non-drinkers, tax, tip and more. It then can email you a copy of how the check was split for easy expense reporting. The app is free and available for iPhone.

Wondering how much to tip your BostonCoach driver? No need to worry- BostonCoach is a no-tipping service!

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

Fridayfinds_luggage tagEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: who to tip, the increasing demand for WiFi and more.

Business Travel Spending On The RiseUSA Today   Business travel spending was beginning to trend up, but the recent government shutdown may have lasting negative effects.

Like Water For WifiConferences That Work  Offering free Wifi is quickly becoming the standard in event planning. Does it pay off?

Who Should You Tip, And How Much?- Huffington Post   Traveling for business brings about endless opportunities where tipping is appropriate. But the rules are often unclear. Read more to find some answers to the tipping question.

Forget Room Service–Order a Bike CNN Travel   Hotels are getting creative with the complimentary amenities they offer. These hotels, for example, offer free bikes for their patrons.

Millennial Travelers Spend More, Complain MoreUSA Today   Young business travelers are willing to spend more then more experienced travelers, but aren’t afraid to speak up when service doesn’t live up to their standards. Find out what travel companies are doing to cater to this crowd.

Travel Tech: Find.Eat.Drink.

screen568x568Find.Eat.Drink. gives you the inside edge when you are looking for a truly fantastic meal. This Fodor’s recommended app and accompanying website is built of reviews and suggestions from restaurant insiders- chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers and more. Users can search based on zip code, current location or destination city to find the best places to eat, recommended by the people who know food best. The app includes reviews of more than 3,000 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 150 cities. The website offers articles covering what’s happening in the restaurant field and giving advice and tips from industry experts and a bi-weekly email newsletter for up-to-date food news. This free app is currently available for iPhone.

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

suitcase friday findsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: getting rid of first class, unpacking the overpacked and more.

Top Trends In Female Business TravelTravel Daily News  Do women really travel differently then men? It turns out they do. And with women now traveling more for business then ever, these trends are worth exploring.

Millennials Seeking Out More Leisure Activities When Traveling for BusinessHospitality Net  Travelers are building in more personal time into their business trips than ever, making tourist destinations the new hot spots for business gatherings.

10 Cures For The Chronic OverpackerSmarter Travel   Do you pack more than three pairs of shoes for a trip? You may be an overpacker. Read these tips to packing lighter.

Lufthansa Finds First-Class Seats Don’t Always PayBloomberg Businessweek   It may be a myth that airlines make big bucks on their first class seats. This airline may be getting rid of them all together.

More Problems Hit Boeing’s 787Business Traveller  The Dreamliner hits yet another snag. Find out if these planes will ever fly problem-free.

Travel Tech: Minube Is Your Personal Travel Guide

screen568x568Minube is the travel app that uses the input of fellow travelers to build shared city guides. Users can add their restaurant reviews, sightseeing suggestions and hotel recommendations and even upload pictures of their top destinations. The app offers a search feature that can build destination recommendations based on what region or type of place you may want to go. Once there, input your own suggestions and reviews to share with other users. The guides are available in multiple languages and can be shared on Facebook and Twitter, all for free. Available for Android and iPhone.

Ensuring Safety Behind The Wheel

The Boston Herald just published Livery driver records a wreck, an article that describes the questionable driving histories of some car-service drivers. The car-service industry is loosely regulated and the sad truth is that there are some providers and drivers who should not be allowed to operate. The good news is that there are reputable companies that take the time to perform background checks on their staff and invest in training their drivers and chauffeurs. Knowing what to look for when choosing a car-service provider is your best defense against shady operators.

Whether you’re looking for an airport transfer, event transportation or car service for a single executive, safety should be your foremost concern. We want you to know that it’s ours, too. To help consumers choose car-service providers who emphasize safety, we’ve compiled a list of questions we think every customer should ask before they book car service.

We hope that by sharing these tips, we can help empower customers to expect, and receive, more from their ground transportation provider.

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Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_newsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: how to get the best airline seat, what the government shutdown means for business travel and more.

How To Get The Best Seat When FlyingFox News  With airlines cutting back on the number of flights they run, planes are getting more and more crowded. This doesn’t mean you are destined to be stuck in the middle seat on every flight. Read these tips on how to get a better seat.

Government Shutdown: Business Travel Is A High Risk Bargaining ChipDigital Journal  The GBTA released a statement on the extent of damage the current government shutdown could cause the business travel industry and the greater US economy.

Event Planning: Why The Learning Experience MattersAssociations Now  Companies may need to go beyond the typical conference education sessions in order to draw crowds. Read more to see what has worked for some forward-thinking meeting planners.

Research: Budgets Will Remain Tight In 2014Successful Meetings  Cost seems to be the biggest concern for travel planners in the coming year. Find out what effect the economy is likely to have on travel spend.

A Little More Legroom, Priced As An UpgradeNYTimes  As airlines looks for new and creative ways to charge fees in order to increase revenue, they still turn to an old favorite- a better seat for a higher price. This travel expert believes you can still find better seats without paying more.