BEST NEIGHBOURHOODS IN LONDON TO STAY FOR BUSINESS

The best neighbourhoods to stay in London  – for Business Travel

London is a beautiful exciting place to be, and as a business person who travels from place to place homelike comfort or convenient amenities are what is needed to ease the stress of a busy day and keep you sharp. When it comes to London, there are various places where a business traveler can find peace, convenience, and excitement during his business stay in London. 

SHOREDITCH:

Shoreditch is a district located in central and East London. It’s notable for its stately mansions and beautifully wooden avenues. Shoreditch is a formerly blue-collar area with industrial buildings and vast warehouses. These buildings have since been renovated to become transformative accommodations and easily accessible restaurants. Various budget-friendly hotels are found here, including The Dictionary Hotel; which is a popular hotel offering private rooms in the heart of London.

Also, there is the CitizenM Shoreditch; a hip hotel with comfortable rooms in the middle of Shoreditch itself, the breakfast is very good and the lobby is a place to always remember. In the same vein, we have the Ace Hotel Shoreditch; which is the most stylish hotel to live in the neighborhood. It has urban luxury and it is located on Shoreditch High Street, this is the best choice for luxury travelers. If the traveler is hygienic and of natural taste, he shouldn’t go Shoreditch without visiting Old Spitalfields Market; once there one will find a number of restaurants, nice shops among other nice things.

SOUTHWARK:

For those that want to stay within walking distance of the city of London but away from the noisy crowd, Southwark is the place for you. This is a district of central London and is the northwest of London Borough of Southwark. It is centered east of Charing Cross, it is in front of River Thames, and the city of London. There are many restaurants in this part of London and they have the famous Tate Modern and the most famous indoor Borough Market. There are many hotels and places of residence that one can lodge in for the time the person is to stay in London. They have The Mad Hatter; which is a great 19th-century building that is situated between Southwark and Waterloo. This building used to be a hat factory. Here they serve good food here and the traveler will get to enjoy the real English feeling. They also have at Southwark Bermondsey Square; that a very good coffee shop in front of it. The rooms there are comfortable and the food is very good and it is a working distance of London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Also, they have The Lalit London; they have a beautiful structure and the food there is good. The beds are awesome, and the breakfasts are superb.

GREENWICH:

This is an area in the southeast of England which is situated east-southeast of Charing Cross, and it is within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. For those that might enjoy a cozy, restaurants, and pubs with fewer crowds. If someone enjoys serenity after a busy day, Greenwich is the place for the person, it can be quiet, but it is not the creepy quiet, it is the cozy and lovely quiet. There are very good places to reside that are pocket friendly and the expensive ones depending on the person’s choice, some of them include, St. Christopher Greenwich; a place that is just a small distance from the metro stop, they have private rooms and dorms, and they have good breakfasts with little cost. They also the Hotel Ibis London which is pocket friendly. Also, for those that want luxury, the DoubleTree by Hilton Greenwich.

Even though there are innumerable places to stay for a business traveler in London, some of the mentioned neighborhoods will make the traveler enjoy his stay in London, make him comfortable, and like the saying comfort brings efficacy, he’ll be efficient in what he is in London to do.

Understanding Airline Meal Options

The Importance of Understanding your Airline Meal Options

There are now 35 accepted airline meal options available on flights around the world. It’s not to say your airline will be offering all 35 of these options, but it is helpful to know what your choices are – as not all options are outwardly listed on every airline. The most commonly listed options include vegetarian and vegan options, selections that meet restrictive religious diets, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, no-lactose, and children’s meals. There are also choices like Bland Meals, Fruit Platters, and High-Fibre meals that you may want to check out.

If you have a restrictive diet, it’s important to reference and understand the airline meal codes. Make sure you note the cut off time for the advance ordering of your meals. Some airlines require a minimum of 48hrs before your departure to accept any custom meal demands.

Airline meal codes in alphabetical order, below:

  1. AVML – Asian Vegetarian Meal – A flavourful vegetarian alternative, with likely standards being curry dishes.  Expect rice, noodles, fruit, vegetables and milk products –  but no meat, fish or eggs.
  2. BBML – Baby Meal
  3. CAKE – Birthday Cake – airlines vary in their offering of birthday cakes. Some charge and some are complimentary when pre-ordered.
  4. BLML – Bland Meal– some critics say all airline meals are bland but in this case, the meal is designed for passengers who may have ulcers, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or have undergone stomach or intestinal surgery. Includes foods that are soft, not very spicy, and low in fiber.
  5. CHML – Children Meal –Some adults, especially those with dentures or softer teeth, order children’s meals as usually contain soft and easier to chew foods. They often include an airline-branded toy or colouring book and crayons.
  6. CLML – Celebration Cake Meal
  7. DBML – Diabetic Meal- Sugar reduced items only
  8. FPML – Fruit Platter Meal – Seasonal fresh fruit
  9. GFML – Gluten Intolerant Meal- No wheat, rye, barley or other gluten-based products
  10. HFML – High Fibre Meal
  11. HNML – Hindu Non-Vegetarian Meal- Traditionally flavoured meals that will likely contain lamb, poultry, fish or milk but absent of beef, veal or pork.
  12. JPML – Japanese Meal (served on Japan Airlines only)
  13. JNML – Junior Meal. Not a kid’s meal, but not an adult meal, either.
  14. KSML – Kosher Meal- Confirmed to be prepared to meet strict Jewish Kosher cooking rules.
  15. KSMLS – Kosher Meal (Snack size)
  16. LCML – Low-Calorie Meal
  17. LFML – Low Fat Meal
  18. LPML – Low Protein Meal- Contains a restricted quantity of protein, specifically geared for those with liver and kidney ailments. These meals may contain fresh fruit and vegetables, vegetable fats and seasoning, and a measured amount of eggs and meat.
  19. LSML – Low Salt Meal- LSML, intended for persons with high blood pressure or high-sodium intolerance.
  20. MOML – Muslim Meal- Foods that do not contain any pork, gelatine or alcoholic beverages.
  21. NBML – No Beef Meal (on China Airlines)
  22. NFML – No Fish Meal (on Lufthansa Airlines)
  23. NLML – No Lactose lactose-free) meal – It excludes milk and dairy products – yogurt, cheese, butter, ice cream, water ice and etc.
  24. OBML – Japanese Obento Meal (on United Airlines)
  25. ORML – Oriental Meal- The main course features an “Oriental style” accompanied by beef, pork, chicken, duck, or fish.
  26. PFML – Peanut Free Meal – No peanuts, peanut butter, or other peanut derivative items.
  27. PRML – Low Purine Meal – For people struggling with gout.
  28. RVML- Raw Vegetable Meal – Only raw vegetables and salads.
  29. RFML – Refugee Meal
  30. SFML – Seafood Meal– Contains only seafood items
  31. SPML – Special Meal – Specify Food
  32. VGML or VVML: Vegetarian Vegan Meal – No animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey.
  33. VJML – Vegetarian Jain Meal – Only fresh fruit and stem vegetables that grow above the ground. It won’t contain: animal products/by-products, honey or any root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes.
  34. VLML – Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal – Contains vegetables, fresh fruit, eggs, dairy products. It does not contain any type of fish or meat.
  35. VOML – Vegetarian Oriental Meal – This is a vegetarian meal that is prepared ‘Chinese’ or ‘Oriental’ style.

How to deal with Jet lag

For many business travelers, jet lag is a legitimate and ongoing challenge that can hinder performance, increase anxiety and create travel resentment. Most business travelers, especially those that cross 2 timezones in travel, express negative impacts and take proactive measures to mitigate symptoms.

What is Jet lag?

Jet lag, also known as desynchronosis or flight fatigue, is a disorder that leads to insomnia, an overall sense of aches and tiredness, and other symptoms that arise due to travel across multiple time zones. It is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and as creatures of routine, this is an abrupt disruption of our internal clock.

When we travel to a new time zone, our circadian rhythms need time to adjust, anecdotally, regular travelers claim that it takes one day for every one hour of time zone travel. This results in our bodies telling us it is time to sleep when it’s actually the middle of the afternoon, or it makes us want to stay awake when it is late at night. This experience is known as jet lag.

What are the other symptoms?

Besides travel fatigue and insomnia, a jet lag sufferer may experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms, including anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, dehydration, headache, irritability, nausea, indigestion, difficulty concentrating, sweating, coordination problems, dizziness, daytime sleepiness, malaise (a general feeling of being unwell), and even memory loss. Some individuals report additional symptoms, such as heartbeat irregularities and increased susceptibility to illness.

Generally, people do not need a medical evaluation for a diagnosis of jet lag. If you have traveled across several time zones and feel the symptoms associated with jet lag, you likely have it. If your symptoms of jet lag are severe, do not go away after a few days, or you have any other concerns, see a doctor.

How long does it take to recover from jet lag?

Recovering from jet lag depends on the number of time zones crossed while traveling. In general, the body adjusts to the new time zone at the rate of 1-2 time zones per day. For example, if you crossed 6 time zones, the body will typically adjust to this time change in 6-8 days. Jet lag is temporary, so the prognosis is excellent and most people will recover in a predictable amount of time. Many travelers report a 1st-day adrenaline bump, meaning their personal effects are delayed and not felt until 2 or even 3 days into their journey.

Complications of jet lag are extremely rare. If a person has a preexisting heart condition, the stress of the disruption in the circadian rhythm, combined with the stress of travel, high altitude, and immobility during flight may result in a heart attack. If the jet lag results in chronic sleep deprivation, stroke may occur in certain predisposed individuals.

What causes jet lag?

The cause of jet lag is the inability of the body of a traveler to immediately adjust to the time in a different zone. Thus, when a New Yorker arrives in Paris at midnight Paris time, his or her body continues to operate on New York time. As the body struggles to cope with the new schedule, temporary insomnia, fatigue, irritability, and an impaired ability to concentrate may set in. The changed bathroom schedule may cause constipation or diarrhea, and the brain may become confused and disoriented as it attempts to juggle schedules.

How business travelers cope with jet lag?

– Work with your travel consultant to select a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time. (If you must sleep during the day, take a short nap in the early afternoon, but no longer than two hours. Set an alarm to be sure not to over sleep.)
– Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.
– Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.
– Taking sleeping pills, like Melatonin, are commonly accepted measures used to minimize certain sleep disorders.
– Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime. Both act as “stimulants” and prevent sleep.
– Upon arrival at a destination, avoid heavy meals (a snack—not chocolate—is okay).
– Avoid any heavy exercise close to bedtime. (Light exercise earlier in the day is fine.)
– Bring earplugs and blindfolds to help dampen noise and block out unwanted light while sleeping.
– Try to get outside in the sunlight whenever possible. Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the biological clock. (Staying indoors worsens jet lag.)
– Contrary to popular belief, the type of foods we eat has no effect on minimizing jet lag.

According to experts, stress or the potential for stress is another problem that can lead to sleeplessness. Two common travel-related stress conditions are the “First Night Effect” and the “On-Call Effect.” The first condition occurs when trying to sleep in a new or unfamiliar environment. The second is caused by the nagging worry that something just might wake you up, such as the possibility of a phone ringing, hallway noise or another disruption.

Try these tips on your next trip to help avoid travel-related stress and subsequent sleeplessness:

– Bring elements or objects from home, like a picture of the family, favorite pillow, blanket or even a coffee mug) to ease the feeling of being in a new environment.
– Check with the hotel to see if voice mail services are available to guests. Then, whenever possible, have your calls handled by the service.
– Check your room for potential sleep disturbances that may be avoided; e.g., light shining through the drapes, unwanted in-room noise, etc.
– Request two wake-up calls in case you miss the first one.

How to save money on business travel in 2020

Save on your business travel in 2020

Business traveling comes with budgets. Budgets come with restrictions and limits. At Worldgo, we recognize that this is especially critical for early-stage operations, or business’ with considerable recurring travel needs. We created an off-the-cuff list of guidelines to help you get the most, for the least.

Here are some great ways to save money while travelling for business in 2020.

Dine out using the 10-15-25 rule

Unless you’re taking clients and stakeholders out to dinner, business travelers should aim to follow the ’10-15-25′ rule for dining out. The simple rule applies $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $25 for dinner, and if you can find a hotel with breakfast included, you will free up a more to spend on the other 2 remaining meals or tighten up your budget. There are very few places, Scandinavia being a possible exception, where this rule can’t be followed with relative ease. To stretch things further, look for Happy Hour discounts, or book accommodations with kitchens and trade dining-out for eating-in – which is generally a healthier option to begin with. Another great option, and increasingly interesting choice, is choosing food trucks. Cities like Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are known for the quality and quantity of their food truck vendors.

Choose free activities

Parks, beaches, mountains, and quirky urban adventures are often free of admission and a great opportunity to get out, explore, and save a few dollars in the process. They are a great place to get your nature fix and see how locals enjoying their lives.

Use your credit card and loyalty points

You have a legion of points that have been quietly accumulating behind the scenes. It’s time to take stock of what those points can do. Credit cards can offer incredible rewards programs, such as travel air miles, gas, and restaurant options. If you don’t have a credit card with travel perks, it’s worth looking at a change.

Are you a AAA or CAA member?

Membership really can have its rewards. May hotels in North America recognize the American and/or Canadian Automobile Association membership. It’s not uncommon to save 10% off published rates for being a member. Saving 10% off 5 nights in New York could cover a year’s worth of membership costs.

Use cell phone apps to save on calls

There is Wi-Fi just about everyone; and smartphone apps like WhatsApp, which is huge in South America, Asia, and Europe, help travellers stay connected for free. Viber is another option for those looking to stay out of Facebook’s reach (they own WhatsApp).

Make sure you have the right cell-phone plan

If you don’t have the flexibility to get to wi-fi every time you need to make a call, at least reach out to your mobile provider and get them to recommend the best plan for your needs. You could pay $10/month in an updated subscription plan but save hundreds every time you go away.

Groupon still matters

Yes, it had its moment in the sun, but it hasn’t set yet, either. Groupon (Getaways) has a tonne of hotel deals and restaurant options. They may not meet your needs and there are certain restrictions about the number of nights, and seasonal availability, but its worth a look. It could save you 30-40% off the rack rate.

These are some simple ways to save while travelling for business, but it all starts with awareness and desire to save. Reach out to us today, and we’ll help you take this to the next level.

A handy guide to picking the right seats

Poor seats are the bain of a frequent traveler’s existence, especially those where access to Business and 1st class seats fall outside an organization’s approved travel policy. For the cost-conscious traveler, having to make the most out of economy class is the only option. One can, however, make the most of it, especially when we choose our seats properly, but what ‘properly’ looks like, can be different for everyone.

So, Worldgo has created a go-to list just for you:

Are you bringing carry-ons on board?

If you are traveling with awkward carry-ons that you make sure you choose a seat towards the rear of the airplane, this way you ensure you get the first choice of the overhead storage compartments.

Are looking to sleep?

Pick a window seat on the left-side of the aircraft. The middle of the craft generally means you won’t be bothered washrooms and people stretching their legs, plus the windows tend to be off-centered allowing you a better place to lay your head.

Nervous passenger? Choose seats in the rear of the plane.

Do you have flight anxiety?

Popular Mechanics states that passengers in the rear of the plane are 40% more likely to survive a crash than those in the front. If you are really concerned, make sure to choose an aisle seat for quicker faster deplaning.

Are you looking for extra legroom?

Choose Exit row seats. On some flights, you can have an extra 4-7 inches of legroom. Don’t confuse Bulkhead with Exit Row, they make look promising, you will lose storage space and that could cut into your leg-room.

Feeling Sick? Choose seats located over the wing.

Are you feeling under the weather?

The smoothest ride is always found with seats over the wings, and the bigger the plane the smaller the bounce. If you are prone to motion sickness or had a big night after closing the deal of the year, this is where you want to be.

Are looking for space away from kids?

If you are looking for as much quiet as possible we recommend 2 things. Firstly, get yourself a good pair of noise calling headphones and then choose seats as far away from the bulkheads as possible. Bulkheads are where families are often put, or select because they travel with more gear and tend to be closer to washrooms.

Are you looking to avoid engine noise?

Choose seats as close to the cockpit as possible and get yourself a pair of noise-canceling headphones. They really are a great investment for frequent travelers.

Are you looking for a quick exit after a long flight?

Ever noticed that airplanes almost always depart on the left side? It goes without saying that choosing an aisle seat up front, on the left, will get you out the door as fast as possible.

Are you looking to be close to the washrooms?

Choose bulkheads and/or aisle seats and ensure that running to the washroom is as fast possible.

Although you may not have the budget to fly 1st or Business Class you can still choose seats that give you the best flight possible. At Worldgo, we get to know your preferences and can help you make the most of your time in the sky!

The best gifts for business travellers in 2020

It’s here again – another year of what to get for the impossible-to-buy-for business person in your life. For 2020, we’ve put together a sure-fire list to help make your life a little easier. From bags to pillows, and smartphone cases to socks, here are our picks for what to buy the business traveler in your life.

Best Travel Luggage

Best Travel Luggage: Got a long-haul trip coming up? This four-wheel Trade Large hard shell luggage offers extended trip volume. Quality construction and a minimal aesthetic are complemented by custom Herschel Supply finishes. It comes in 9 different styles. Buy from $260.

Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag: Don’t let the ‘Messenger Bag for Men’ limit your interest, this is a unisex item, and solves just as many business problems for women as it does men. The price is right, and the best part is the thoughtful padded bottom and reinforced leather corners. There are 3 styles to choose from and there is a 1-year warranty on the bag. Buy from $57.Travel Pillow for Business Travellers

Best Travel Pillow: If you are an ‘I just can’t get comfortable enough to sleep’ type on a flight than this is the pillow for you. It’s maybe a little bulkier than one would want on a short-haul flight, but if you are crossing oceans overnight, this is the one to buy.

Best Travel Umbrella: Hershel Supply Co. isn’t just one of our favourite clients they also make the best compact umbrella in the game. Protip: When in Iceland, using an umbrella tells the locals you are a visitor. Why? Notoriously heavy winds. Buy from $27.

Best iPhone case: The Catalyst case offers protection from a 3-metre drop, and has found a way to keep sleek and minimalist at the same time. It doesn’t interfere with wireless charging, and if you order directly from Catalyst they will give you a 12month manufacturer’s warranty. Buy from $60.

Best Google Pixel case:  Caseology is an award-winning designer for smartphone cases and they are great value in comparison to other brands. Sleek, thin and crash absorbent. Everything you want in a smartphone case for business travelers. Buy from $15.

Compression Socks: These compression socks are woven with copper fibers that work to benefit circulation and limit bacteria growth. They prevent lactic acid production and keep your feet dry. Buy from $19.

Feel-Good purchase: This is no ordinary backpack. Developed by a senior designer at The North Face, it is loaded with high-end features like durable ballistic nylon and tons of organizational pockets. What makes this backpack feel-good is the women who make it — graduates of St. Monica’s Tailoring School in Gulu, Uganda.  These women were captured as children by the warlord Joseph Kony and forced to become child soldiers in his rebel army. When they ultimately came out of captivity, often bearing the children of their captors, more than 2,000 of them were taken in by a Ugandan nun named Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (CNN Hero, TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”). Recognizing it was too late to give them a full education, Sister Rosemary formed the Tailoring School to train them in practical skills to support themselves and their children. This backpack is part of their legacy. Buy from $109 on Kickstarter.

How to Reduce Your Company’s Travel Spend for 2020

How to Reduce Your Company’s Travel Spend for 2020

Business travel is a known expense and is generally one of the largest controllable expenses for many companies. While airlines are looking to increase their airfares, hotels are consistently merging, and these changes get passed on to the traveler. There are a few ways of controlling these expenses, so you can create balance, accommodate your employee’s requests or preferences, and lessen the impact of these industry changes.

Here are a few ways to reduce your travel spend in 2020:

Align Employee & Employer Interests

Coming up with a rewards-based program to reduce spending is a good way to create value in your travel policy. In essence, this just means incentivizing employees to spend less.

An example of this is creating a budget for various trip styles. Whether travelling for a trade show, meetings, conferences, each trip should have a budget assigned. If the traveller comes in under budget, they will earn points or credit which can be used for upgrades on their next trip.

Re-Evaluate Your Travel Policy

We talked about this in a previous blog, but sitting down and looking at your travel policy will give you a more accurate view of the areas you can improve. Whether it is renegotiating hotel rates, utilizing other technology, etc., knowing your travel policy inside and out can only help.

There should be enough flexibility to allow for some convenience, clarity in booking processes and the spend thresholds.

Encourage Compliance

Take some time to review your company’s 2018 travel spend. Have a look at the areas where travellers are overspending, underspending, or booking outside of policy. If overspending is an issue, why? If employees are booking outside of the policy, why? Answering these questions will allow you to communicate the travel policy clearly with employees and encourage compliance. If this remains an issue, you may want to consider implementing authorization processes.

These ideas, combined with the utilization of technology in simple reporting from travelers will save your company time and money, increase your employee satisfaction and make business travel more sustainable from all perspectives.

It’s not an expense that is likely to go away, but it is one that you can manage through good communication, clear guidelines, and setting realistic budgets.

Promote Public Transit

Encouraging the use of in-destination public transit (over a taxi), not only helps the environment, it reduces expenses. In cities like Amersterdam, visitors can now pre-pay for a digital transit pass before they leave home. When they land, they head to the airport metro station, scan their smartphone, and off they go toward their hotel. Taking initiative before your staff land creates implied convenience, a benefit which can pay for itself as soon as they land.

Some companies are even bonusing their traveling staff for hitting expense targets. For example, a company could buy its staff a transit pass, while encouraging them to stay under $20 (additional local transit) for the rest of their stay. If they hit that reduced target, they receive a $50 bonus. The numbers need to work based on the number of days in destination, but schemes like this tend to generate results.

Good Feelings or Solutions to Problems?

Good Feelings or Solutions to Problems?

As a corporate travel agency, we balance client expectations while leaving extra ‘leg room’ for unique needs, wants, and interests. We recognize that at least initially, our business travel clients come to us with a singular problem – one that requires responsible assistance. Over time, however, we’ve come to recognize that solving these problems at the highest level is not quite good enough and that a client’s problems are often more complex.

They require both a technical solution and an emotional solution, and we need to find the sweet spot between solving travel problems and good-feelings.

When one buys life-insurance they aren’t buying a piece of paper, they are buying peace of mind. When one goes out for dinner they are satiating their hunger, but what they are really buying is convenience, entertainment, and an experience. If you stop to think about it, have you ever made a purchase that wasn’t either a solution to a problem or something that made you feel good? I don’t think you have.

For every one of us at Worldgo, our clients bring travel problems to us. They need to go, to stay, and to do – all within a unique budgetary and accountable framework. It’s here that the most important part of our job occurs. We listen. We then ask What is the ideal solution to this problem?It’s like visualizing the finish line and then committing to work backward from it.

The answer is always the inner space in the Venn Diagram below – that sweet spot between problem-solving, customer service, risk mitigation and needs anticipation.

A recent Inc. article by Ilya Pozin claims that customers are really just buying experiences and that there are 4 pillars to delivering a positive experience.

  1. Focus on the shopping experience, not the buying experience.
  2. Choose quality of service, over speed.
  3. Personalize customer experiences.
  4. Communicate constantly.

Pozin goes on to say that “Delivering a great experience is powerful, and while it’s not always easy to do, it will keep your audience coming back for more“.

Similarly, Hubspot wrote an article that details ‘Service Needs’, and at Worldgo Travel Management, this is where we hang our hat.

  • Empathy – When our customers get in touch with customer service, they want empathy and understanding from the people assisting them.
  • Fairness – From pricing to terms of service to contract length, our customers expect fairness from a company.
  • Transparency – Customers expect transparency when they’re doing business with us. Service outages, pricing changes, and delays, our customers deserve openness from the businesses they give money to.
  • Control – Customers need to be in control of the business interaction from start to finish and beyond, and customer empowerment shouldn’t end with the sale. Where possible, we make it easy for them to change their plans or adjust their terms.
  • Options – Customers need options when they’re getting ready to make a reservation. We offer a variety of options, prices, and terms to provide freedom of choice.
  • Information – Customers need information, from the moment they start interacting, to the days and months after traveling. As a business, we invest in educational, instructional knowledge base content, technology, and regular communication so our customers have the information they need when they need it.
  • Accessibility – Customers need to be able to access our service and support teams. This means providing multiple channels for customer service and support.

Truth be told, our clients aren’t any different than any other business or service provider. They all have problems, and they want an experience that makes them feel good. That’s where the business relationship can flourish.

 

Best City to Plan a Corporate Retreat

Best City to Plan a Corporate Retreat

Corporate retreats are an important part of any large business. Getting scattered teams together to align goals, review past achievements, and set the table for tomorrow are important measures.

Choosing where to host a corporate retreat isn’t as straightforward. Depending on where your team members are based will be your first consideration. Your budget and its limitations are the next consideration, and what you want to offer and/or achieve is the final factor.

In the USA (Chicago)

Chicago Illinois

If you have a team that’s spread out of North America we recommend you consider Chicago as your destination of choice. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is the 9th busiest airport in the world, and offers you consistent flight options from nearly anywhere in North America. The city is home to 9M residents in the metropolitan area, and there are no shortage of things to do and places to stay. The Windy City also offers retreat planners more budget-friendly options (versus New York, LA, San Francisco). There is great shopping to be had and sporting events t0 attend, and being lakeside is particularly nice in the warmer months.

Runner Up: Denver. The city is a major gateway, it is easy to get around, and is affordable by major market standards.

In Canada (Hamilton)

Hamilton, Ontario

If your organization is spread throughout Canada, we recommend Hamilton, Ontario as a great choice. Hamilton is just an hour outside Toronto and has its own mid-sized airport with daily flights from Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary, and Edmonton. It is served by major highways and is a short drive to Niagara Falls and Ontario’s wine country. Hamilton’s hotel rates are a fraction of that of nearby Toronto, and it is now a ‘cool’ city growing up from its industrial reputation as a former steel-town.

Runner Up: Calgary. The city is home to WestJet which means it’s a domestic flight hub and is affordable when compared to Vancouver and Toronto.

If you are looking for help in planning your next corporate retreat, we invite you to reach out to one of our experts today. We’ll make sure your objectives are met and you are given the right information to make the best decisions for you.

2019 On-Time Airline Performance

2019 On-Time Airline Performance

The Punctuality League has awarded Copa Airlines, the popular Latin American airlines with the highest on-time percentage OTP, marking nearly 90% of its flights arriving at their destination on time. There were no Canadian airlines in the top 20, and only 2 American airlines (Hawaiian and Delta) cracking the list.

What are the criteria?:

To qualify for inclusion in the Punctuality League, the OAG schedules database must have flight status data for at least 80% of all scheduled flights operated by an airline or for an airport.

  • OAG’s definitions of on-time performance (OTP is flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival/departure times.
  • Cancellations are also included.

How is it scored?:

The scoring is based on 58 million flight records using full-year data from Flight Status modules that create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports.

Why should you care?:

It’s true that the weather has a big hand in airline timeliness, but so does the mechanical health of their fleet, and efficient check-in and loading processes. An airline with a healthy on-time record is often a result of a collection of factors, some luck, but many by design.

Top 20 Rankings:

2019 Ontime Airline performance

You can download the full report here.

 

 

 

Best Business Packing Hacks

Working in tourism, Holidays for Humanity, CEO, Aaron Smith is a very frequent flyer, he has traveled to over 60 countries and all but one continent. His business travel lifestyle has taught him the best ways to pack for work and the unexpected.

1. Accept a clean laundry routine

“Look at your itinerary and make sure you’re bunking down at least three nights in a row in the same place, within every 7 days,” he says. “Even though it’s pricey, hotel laundry will get you through. You can then get by on ‘5 of Each’ (5 pairs of socks, 5  shirts, 5 pairs of underwear, etc.) if you buy into a clean laundry routine.”

2. Pack Black

“Black is your friend,” he writes. “It matches everything. Johnny Cash had it figured out. I’ve yet to hear the compelling logic for any business sock colour other than black. One pair of black jeans, two black t-shirts, and business attire will get you through any long trip.”

3. Just use carry-ons

“I never check my bags, even if I’m going to Central America for a month,” Smith says. “I travel with a Kosan pack with front attaching laptop case, it fits in the overhead and my arms are free to hold a coffee and show my travel documents at the same time. The reduced hassle of never having to wait for bags, being the first guy through customs, and never dealing with the nightmare of lost luggage, has made me a believer. A suit is a suit: one is enough, but bring another sport coat. Wear the sport coat on the plane with a t-shirt or casual shirt, and pack the suit. Also, find a pair of workout shoes which can be casual walking or gym-ready.”

4. Charge up your batteries

“Know the capacity of your batteries in your rechargeables (shavers, cameras, iPods, etc.),” he writes. “You may be surprised by how long of a trip you can make without bringing the charger if you leave home with a full charge, but do make sure you have the right electrical ports for the countries you are visiting.”

5. Don’t bother with zip-lock bags, store liquids in tiny containers

“There is no need to pack home-size packages of toothpaste, shampoo, or pain-killers. Buy small containers, reuse past hotel products, or plan to pick up what you need in the destination. It’s bulk that’s easy to pick up anywhere, and next to no cost.”

6. Push your light limit

“Once every 3-4 months, remove the entire contents out of your briefcase. Challenge everything. When was the last time you touched it or used it on a trip? Throw it away or leave it at home if you will not need it overseas,” he says.

7. Pack duplicates

“Have a high-resolution scan of your driver’s license, your visa, passport, and credit cards on the SD card of your smartphone or on your computer HD,” Smith advises. “It’s a lifesaver if you ever lose anything.”

What to do when your flight is cancelled

Don’t let a flight cancellation turn into a business nightmare.

Even after spending countless hours carefully plotting every step of your journey, an unexpected delay or flight cancellation can derail your well-laid-out plans. But a minor roadblock doesn’t have to result in a travel disaster. Taking a few extra precautions to dodge delays, knowing your air travel rights and arming yourself with insider tricks can help you stay calm and carry on when anxiety-provoking situations arise. 

Know your rights.

Christopher Elliott, a consumer advocate states that if your flight is delayed to the point it’s canceled, your carrier must provide you with “a seat on the next available flight on that airline or a refund”. While airlines are not obligated to compensate passengers for delays and cancellations based on federal regulations, carriers will often rebook passengers for no additional fee, even for nonrefundable fares – or offer a full refund. Depending on the carrier, you may also be able to get rebooked to your final destination with another airline. Check your carrier’s customer agreement – also known as a contract of carriage – for specific airline policies.

Check your credit card.

Don’t disregard any pre-existing travel perks your credit card offers, says George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com. Immediately file a claim with the airline after your flight is delayed or canceled, he says. Also keep in mind that with trip interruption coverage, if your flight is delayed for an eligible reason, such as a weather-related delay or a mechanical issue, you may be entitled to compensation. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Citi ThankYou Premier Card offer a $500 trip delay reimbursement for delays of 12 hours or longer. The catch: You must have used the credit card to book your seat, Hobica adds. Also, make sure to keep your boarding pass and travel documents on hand as proof of your claim for a disrupted flight.

Stay on top of it.

“Gate agents and airport staff are swamped, so I always call the airline’s customer service to get rebooked on the [next] flight,” says Matthew Kepnes, the author behind the budget travel advice site Nomadic Matt. “It’s quicker and easier than dealing with the long line of customers and a gate agent who is busy trying to shrink that line as fast as possible,” he explains. Another option: Rebook your flight with the airline directly using its affiliated app. Major carriers such as United and Delta make it easy to peruse alternative flight options and modify your reservation in the event of a delay on their apps.

Ask about meal or hotel vouchers.

When you’re faced with a severe delay of four hours or longer, ask about meal or hotel vouchers, Elliott says. “If the airline is authorized to give them to passengers, they will,” he adds. Keep in mind you shouldn’t expect vouchers to be doled out if you’re stalled for reasons outside the airline’s control like weather-related disruptions. However, in the event of a mechanical delay, the airline will typically cover meal, transportation and lodging costs, Elliott says. The individual rules are specified in the carrier’s contract of carriage. For example, JetBlue Airways outlines that passengers are awarded a $50 credit for delays between three and four hours and a $200 voucher for delays lasting five hours or longer.

Make your experience social.

Turn to Twitter and Facebook to dodge headaches and benefit from prompt customer service, Hobica says. Because the platform is public, it’s an effective platform to get the airline’s attention, he adds. Kepnes also suggests reaching out to your specific carrier on Twitter if you’re in a bind or need assistance. “Southwest, Jetblue, and Delta are very good at rebooking flights. I would always try to reach the Twitter team if possible,” Kepnes says. Just make sure to exercise good manners when utilizing social media. While it’s appropriate to detail any issues you’re experiencing, venting your grievances in a rude or verbally abusive tone will not help social media response teams resolve the dilemma faster.

Download the right apps.

You never know when a delay will strike. To stay prepared, download a flight-tracking app like FlightAware and rely on valuable tools like AirHelp, which gives passengers the power to check if they’re eligible to receive compensation for a delay or cancellation. If you believe you could be eligible for compensation, you can punch in information about your trip along with your flight number on AirHelp’s mobile app or website; then, if eligible, the company will file a claim on your behalf. “To make this process easier, AirHelp’s mobile app has a simple Boarding Pass Scanner that allows you take a picture of your pass and automatically uploads all the necessary flight details to file a claim through our service. It allows you to keep multiple passes on file, so [it’s] great for frequent fliers or families traveling together,” says Henrik Zillmer, AirHelp’s CEO, and founder.

Remember: Different rules apply for delays overseas.

When traveling overseas, there are different European Union regulations in place. Elliott says fliers should familiarize themselves with EU Regulation 261/2004, the rules for long delays and cancellations. In Europe, if you arrive more than three hours later than your original arrival time, you may be entitled to compensation, Zillmer says. The amount you may be entitled to receive in the event of a delay in the EU (anywhere from 50 to 600 euros) is based on a few factors, including your flight distance and delay length. “You have far more bargaining chips on international flights, and trips that include a stop in the EU,” Zillmer adds.

Negotiate with your carrier.

If your flight is canceled and you think you may be entitled to compensation, “don’t sign anything or accept any offers, including future travel offers, or other freebies and discounts,” until you have vetted all of your options, Zillmer cautions. “If you do, you could be waiving your right to further compensation down the line,” he explains. While U.S. airlines are not required to provide you with freebies, many carriers aim to aid inconvenienced fliers as part of their customer service initiatives and loyalty programs, he explains. “You’d be surprised how often gate agents and other airline representatives are receptive to your complaints,” Zillmer says. While airlines automatically rebook you, you don’t have to agree to their initial offer. “If you don’t like the new flight, you should immediately call the airline to ask for a different flight,” Elliott says.

Consider investing in travel insurance.

“It’s hard to say whether purchasing travel insurance is beneficial or not because every circumstance is different,” Zillmer says. In some instances, your policy could prevent you from being eligible to claim compensation at a later date, so it’s key to review the fine print of both your carrier and your selected travel insurance company to understand the policy conditions and what’s included – and what isn’t, he says. While you should always read the fine print, investing in travel insurance can be a wise move, especially if you’re continuing onward. For instance, in a case where your delayed flight causes you to miss your cruise, you can file a claim for reimbursement, Kepnes explains.

Hold onto your documents.

When you arrive at your final destination, make sure to keep copies of your boarding pass and other travel documents, Zillmer says. “Many airlines will reject a legitimate claim for disrupted flights if you don’t have these documents, so it’s important not to toss these documents until you’ve successfully completed your journey without any hiccups,” he explains. He suggests holding onto receipts in the event the delay winds up costing you. “You may be able to recover expenses caused by flight delays, including missed reservations for [your] hotel or car rentals,” he adds.

The Best Corporate Travel Agency Vancouver Can Offer

Located on the Pacific Rim, Vancouver, BC is the primary gateway between both Canada and Asia; and Canada and California’s Silicone Valley. It is become a major shipping port, with a growing financial sector. Home to approximately 3 million residents, Vancouver is consistently ranked in the top 5 most liveable cities in the world. It now boasts major tech offices including Microsoft, Amazon, and Hootsuite, as well as mining, forestry, and academic institutions. With this sharp rise in commerce, and population comes a demand for business services. This is where we come in. Worldgo Travel Management is a local company that is proud to be the best corporate travel agency Vancouver can offer.

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Our reputation is based on  3 key service pillars:
Personalization. Convenience. Accountability.

Not only do we handle all facets of business travel but our team will also take care of meetings and conferences, incentive trips, and custom groups. We get to know your team, help establish standards of services, protocols, and work with you to ease the expense burden on your accountants.

And in the event something were to go wrong, we’re here 24/7 to get you home, or to on the next big business deal.

Regardless of whether you use Worldgo Travel Management or not, there are 5 things you should demand from any corporate travel agency in Vancouver:

1.) Travel Policy Creation

Someone who works with you to create a comprehensive Travel Policy, your blueprint to savings.

2.) Reward Points Management

Someone who maximizes reward points for quicker redemption, more upgrades, free flights and hotel nights.

3.) 24/7 Emergency Assistance

No matter where you are or what your situation, a team that is available 24/7.

4.) Negotiated Volume Discounts

Someone that negotiates corporate rates with hotels, car rental companies, and airlines on your behalf.

5.) On-Demand Reporting

Someone who gives you greater control with comprehensive reports available online or sent to your mobile phone.

Our Vancouver clients consistently tell us that we’re the best at what we do. We’re proud of these relationships, we’re proud to call Vancouver home and we’ll be just as proud to work with you, too. If your interest is piqued, we invite you to read more about:

Corporate Travel Management Vancouver
Innovative Business Travel Company
Booking Corporate Travel

Or contact us, today.

 

Key Benefits of a Corporate Travel Agency

The Key Benefits of a Corporate Travel Agency

You’re reading this because you’re weighing out the pros and cons of enlisting a corporate travel agency to assist in your business objectives. Every single company, association, or institution that we’ve worked with have been at these same crossroads. It’s a big decision to put your trust and budget in a travel services partner. Will they take advantage of you? In today’s Internet age, is it not easier just to do this on my own? Will someone truly be there when I need them?

A corporate travel agency isn’t for everyone. But it is for those individuals responsible for sending numerous employees on flights, to hotels, and with time-sensitive connections. It’s for those that demand clearly crafted protocols and accountability. The more of one’s staff that travel, the more resources it’s taking you to approve, track, and reconcile these efforts. At the end of a month, or year, this could be creating an accounting challenge for you.

Here are some of the benefits of a corporate travel agency that you should consider before making a decision to engage:

Efficiency

If your company doesn’t have a process in place to manage business travel, you are missing two critical puzzle pieces: the ability to control spending, forecast expenses and look into your time and expense. Having a staff member wait for a 6 connection in Los Angeles to say $150 has a material cost of its own.

Your lack of a system virtually assures you over-spend by the end of the year, and having no visibility stymies your ability to improve by analyzing data. A corporate travel agency can bring order and consistency to your travel program, in ways that benefit both your bottom line and wellness and satisfaction of your traveling employees.

As your working partner for travel, World Travel Management serves as your one-stop resource.

Expertise

One of the primary reasons to work with a corporate travel agent is to gain access to specific professional expertise and inventory software. Corporate travel planning and execution can be very complex. At Worldgo Travel Management, we hire experienced professionals who understand the unique needs and interests of your traveling employees and how that layers over your own business goals. We know which amenities are most desirable, plus innumerable other “inside” industry tips, and workarounds details that will improve travel convenience, comfort, and safety.

Cost Savings

Like just about anything else, it’s about economies of scale. The more you spend the more you save. As an agency that represents some very large clients partners, our ability to leverage better contracts and terms extends to all our clients. This is bargaining power, and we have it. You can have it, too.

Time Savings

We assemble a list of preferred providers based on your company’s travel policy guidelines and budget. That policy streamlines the booking process for employees and creates a black and white environment for expense items and downstream ease for your accountant. We handle bookings on your behalf, in turn saving your people even more time. Handling these arrangements on your behalf assures compliance, reduces risk and saves time, which saves money.

24/7 Support

Unpredictability is the only predictability. At some point in time, life gets in the way and things go sideways. At Worldgo, offer your staff 24/7 support. We’ll make changes as they need. Weather, Geopolitical issues, or urgent family matters. We’re here all day, every day.

Duty of Care

Worldgo provides risk management expertise and proactive services that ensure communication and support for business travelers, before, during and after their trips.

Analytics

This is where we shine. We will help you help analyze your travel and expense patterns. By knowing what you’re spending and where the dollars are going, we help you make better forecasts for budgeting and the opportunities to save without sacrificing the comfort level and convenience for your employees.

By choosing to exercise the benefits around a corporate travel management company, you will reallocate your resources, find greater efficiencies and reduce risk on every level. They say the difference between an entrepreneur and a small business owner is that entrepreneurs work ‘on’ their business, while small business owners work ‘in’ it.

Let Worldgo Travel Management be the team to work ‘in’ it.

Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in London for Business Travel

Best neighbourhoods to stay in London for Business Travel

Home to 9 million residents, London is one of the planet’s leading cities. It is an economic, cultural and tourism powerhouse. It offers 365 days a year of opportunities to explore, engage, and be entertained. A city this size can confuse the inbound traveler, leading to a form of decision-making paralysis due entirely to too much choice. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best neighbourhoods to stay in London for Business travel, as chosen by the team at Worldgo Travel Management.

SHOREDITCH:

Shoreditch is a district located in the central and East London. It’s notable for its stately mansions and beautiful tree-lined avenues. Shoreditch is a former working-class area, punctuated by industrial buildings and warehouses. In recent times, these warehouses and industrial buildings have been renovated and revitalized as hotels and restaurants. Some are expensive, while other hotels, like the Dictionary, are surprisingly affordable. It is a solid hotel choice, offering private rooms in the heart of London, and the best for those on a budget. In the middle, there is the CitizenM Shoreditch; a hip hotel with comfortable rooms in the middle of Shoreditch. The breakfast is very good and the lobby is a place to always remember. On the luxury end, there is the Ace Hotel Shoreditch; the most stylish hotel in Shoreditch. It has an urban luxury and it is located on Shoreditch High Street. This is a great choice for luxury travelers. Be sure to visit Old Spitalfields markets during your breaks or days off.

SOUTHWARK:

For those that want to stay within walking distance of the city of London but away from the noisy crowd, Southwark is the place for you. This is a district of the central London and is the northwest of London Borough of Southwark. It is centred east of Charing Cross, and in front of River Thames, and the city of London. There are many restaurants in this part of town and they have the famous Tate Modern and the indoor Borough Market. There are many hotels and places of residence that one can lodge in for the time the person is to stay in London. They have The Mad Hatter; – a great 19th-century building which is situated in between Southwark and Waterloo. This building used to be a hat factory. Here, they serve good food and the traveler will get to enjoy that quintessential Olde-English feeling. They also have at Southwark Bermondsey Square; another very good coffee shop. The rooms here are comfortable and the food is on point – and it is a walking distance of London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Also, they have The Lalit London; a stunning building. The beds here have earned rave reviews, and the breakfasts are superb.

GREENWICH:

This is an area in the southeast of England which is situated east-southeast of Charing Cross, and it is within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. For those that enjoy cozy restaurants and pubs with fewer crowds, this place is for you. There are very good places to stay, that range in price points and in services. For those seeking budget-friendly options check out St. Christopher Greenwich; quiet, private rooms and dorms, and they have good breakfasts. For those that want luxury, check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Greenwich.