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March 03, 2015

Around the World: Business Travel Tips for Women, from Women

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Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Arianna Huffington - these are just a few women executives leading the charge for some of the world's biggest businesses. As more women step into management and executive roles, so do the opportunities for business travel. While some of us have mastered the art, there are many more of us who are looking for tips to hone our skills on the road.

Traveling for business can be exciting. Not only does it offer a nice change of scenery, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore new places that you probably would not have had the chance to visit. However, after spending hours or days in meetings, it's also easy to get lost in the exhaustion of it all.

Today, we are sharing the first of our 2-part blog series featuring some of the best tips from women, specifically for women, on how to enhance the business travel experience.

 

Planning and Preparation

Planning and Preparation

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For some, planning and preparing for a trip can be daunting. Choosing the most cost-friendly and quality options for hotels and flights are no easy task.

Gina Stark from Gitana Blog offers, "Create an Excel sheet to track, manage and assure proper accrual of frequent flier miles and hotel credits, if you travel a lot”

"Use points programs whenever you can. Choose an airline and hotel chain and try to stay with it. Status can make a big difference when you travel frequently. You can get 1st class upgrades free upgrades to the premium rooms in my hotel. Every point counts. I can typically use my accrued points to pay for vacations!" - Mary Delaney, Technical Advisor

 

Packing

Packing

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The thought packing your life into a suitcase can be quite intimidating so WorldMate reached out to its community to learn tricks of the trade from other women.

"Pack clothes that don't need ironing. Fold shirts, skirts and sweaters in a normal way and then roll them up to prevent wrinkles. When you arrive at your destination, hang them up. Also, when travelling don't carry a large purse, use a small one that is worn with a strap under your clothes or worn under a jacket. All you need is ID, money, and ATM card. Travel light." – Karen Smith Willenberg, Government Administration Assistant

"If you're travelling through the UK/Europe the plastic bag you need to put your toiletries and make-up in is a lot smaller than they allow in the US - pack light or be prepared to throw items away at the airport. You can use a hairdryer to 'blow dry' the creases out of clothes if an iron isn't available." – Helen Ellis, WorldMate fan

"Never pack your carry on without makeup remover wipes, fuzzy socks, or sandals! Since I go standby a lot, you never know where you may end up throughout your trip, so you should be prepared for anything. Since I do wear glasses, I never rely on contact lenses for a flight. More often than not you'll end up sleeping anyway, and plus flights do strange things to your eyes (i.e. dryness, irritation)." – Katie Gidosh, WorldMate fan

"Try to fly in a day before or a day after, if possible. It's better to feel refreshed and ready to go, than rushed and grumpy. It will also give you some time to check out the area you are in and do a little sightseeing/relaxing." – Katka Lapelosova, Managing Editor, Matador Network

"Carryon and travel light. Any grooming or laundry you get done on the work trip is tax deductible. Order all of your own drinks and never let them leave your sight." – Tiffany McFarland, WorldMate fan

 

Safety

Safety

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Safety is an issue everywhere, especially if you’re traveling to somewhere unfamiliar. According to Kathleen Ameche, author of “The Woman Road Warrior,” 98% of women who have traveled for business have had their safety threatened. Here are some tips on how to make safety a priority while traveling.

"If you're traveling alone, make sure to have a system set up with someone you trust to let them know you are safe and doing well. For me, it's my mom. So I normally text her in the morning, afternoon and when I get back to where I am staying." – Jenna Richard, WorldMate fan

"Traveling to places like bars or clubs with a large group of co-workers is helpful, but really staying safe somewhere on business or vacation is the same -- be aware of your surroundings, the people you are with. Try to plan in advance how to get around, and which neighborhoods to avoid while there." – Katka Lapelosova, Managing Editor and Director of Social Media for Matador Network

 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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A research report conducted by SRI International for the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) recently found that healthier travel of all breeds will grow nine percent annually through 2017. With that said, there are increasingly more accommodation options available for women who are looking to make health and wellness a priority while they are out traveling. But staying at a wellness hotel isn’t enough. Here are tips for women who are looking to eat right, maintain a fitness schedule, and/or prioritize their overall wellbeing.

“Try to pick a hotel with a kitchen so that you’re still in charge of your meals. If that's not possible, use Yelp to find what healthy restaurants the city you’re traveling to has to offer. Not only that, most hotels have gyms that can help you stay on track with your workout schedule!" - Norma Aviles, Corporate Manager

"Traveling for business sometimes means a busy and hectic schedule. Good planning and a strong commitment to your health will help you adhere to your fitness routine. Ten minutes is all you need to get the blood pumping and metabolism going. Exercise can help your business meetings become more successful and sustain your energy levels" - Tammy Stokes, CEO & Founder, West Coast Workout, Lifestyle Fitness Studios

 

Business travel provides you with the exciting opportunity to work creatively in an environment unparalleled by the hours you spend at your own desk. So from planning to packing and safety to health and wellness, women traveling for business can be well-prepared for their next adventure by following the tips above.

Join us for our next blog post which will focus on how you can enhance the travel experience while you are at your destination - whether that’s mastering the local scene or meeting new people. Give WorldMate a try for your iPhone or Android.

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February 13, 2015

TELL US - What are your travel do’s and don’ts?

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WorldMate Community – Prepare for Takeoff!

Here at WorldMate we want to be your resource for travel tips, allowing you to have the inside edge while on the road (or in the air!)    

The latest set of tips we plan to offer are for the women travelers of the world. We are compiling a new blog post for women, by women on the do’s and don’ts of traveling while on business and would love to hear your input.

To our savvy women business travelers:

How do you prepare for business trips and what do you do to make the most out of your time away from the office?

Whether it’s finding great networking events, packing your luggage, maintaining relationships, or putting safety first, what are your tips and advice for enhancing the business travel experience?

Let us know in the comments / E-mail us at marketing@worldmate.com for a chance to have your tips featured!

You can also Tweet us tips at: https://twitter.com/WorldMate

Message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldMate

Thanks and happy travels from the WorldMate team!

February 12, 2015

WorldMate Goes Big in Japan

 

Today, WorldMate is announcing our Strategic Alliance with JTB-CWT , tapping into Japan’s $65 Billion Business Travel market (3rd largest in the world). WorldMate and JTB-CWT teamed up to launch Trip To Go and B-Schedule apps, first-of-its-kind travel apps in Japan.

The two apps launching today benefit from WorldMate’s 15 years of mobile expertise

  • Trip To Go – tailored to unmanaged business travelers who do not have a corporate travel agency. The app enables hotel, car rental, and insurance booking and also facilitates mobile check-in to dozens of airlines.
  • B-Schedule – serves existing JTB-CWT corporate travel customers. In addition to all of the Trip To Go functionality, B-Schedule provides itinerary synchronization for all travelers who book their trips with JTB-CWT.

 

Visit the apps pages at Trip To Go or B-Schedule and us at www.worldmate.com

Get in touch!

 

January 21, 2015

Sign in to WorldMate with Your Google account

 

We admit it, registering and logging into an app is a pain. The good news is that in our latest WorldMate for Android version we added the ability to log-in to WorldMate with your Google credentials. It's fast, easy, and the best thing - It's one less password to remember!

You can now also share your travel plans to G+ and let your friends know when you're around.

 

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade to the newest Android version now!

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We'd love to hear what you think so be sure to share your thoughts with us by emailing feeback@worldmate.com or reaching out on Twitter.

 

January 06, 2015

WorldMate API 1K

 

Today WorldMate reached a new milestone- 1000 registered developers for the WorldMate Email Parsing API ! This means that there are now 1000 people developing great apps of their own based on WorldMate’s capability to read confirmation emails from over 1300 airlines, travel agencies, hoteliers, car rental agencies, etc. We are seeing an incredible array of usages— everything from itinerary apps to hotel check-in services to expense report building. In fact, several of the biggest companies in the travel space are WorldMate API licensees.

This is exciting for two reasons. First, it validates the superiority of WorldMate's email parsing technology as both travel industry leaders and startups alike have adopted it over all other solutions. Second, it gives us access to many more confirmation email types which improves our level of service to all end-users.

We’re thrilled to have these 1000 developers on board as we take off for an amazing 2015…

 

Sign up for the WorldMate Email Parsing API at this link http://bit.ly/1KhBCky

November 11, 2014

WorldMate's Email Parsing API Amasses Wide-Scale Adoption

Today we are announcing an overwhelming momentum in developer adoption of our Email Parsing API.  Since its launch in April 2012, more than 850 developers worldwide have signed up to use the API, including major travel agencies, GDSs and travel-related startups.

With the WorldMate Email Parsing API, developers can extract detailed travel data from users' confirmation emails spanning more than 1,300 airlines, travel agencies, car rental and railway companies, as well as popular services like OpenTable, Airbnb and Ticketmaster.  The API enables licensees to piece together rich customer profiles by gleaning key pieces of information from their confirmation emails, including:

  • Dates and locations of upcoming trips
  • Addresses and geocodes for booked hotels, restaurants and events
  • Prices and confirmation numbers for flights, hotel stays, car rentals and train rides
  • Loyalty club memberships
  • Preferred booking channels

Over time, the API licensees collect such information to ascertain preferred airlines, repeat trips, typical budgets and various other customer preferences. 

Read more at here 

June 18, 2014

WorldMate redesigned its Android app to make the most out of your travel

 

We're excited to launch a brand-new Android app, rebuilt from the ground up!

The WorldMate Android app now has a sleeker interface and a handy set of travel cards, which makes it one of the most information-packed Android travel apps available.

Get the most out of the new WorldMate version:

  • The Home Screen

    This new WorldMate home screen is the smartest and most space-efficient home screen we've ever had. We're able to show you everything you need to make your travel worry-free. We display your upcoming trips and trips’ items to let you quickly jump between one to the next.

  • WorldMate flight cards

    As flight coming closer, their info will be pinned to the top of the app's home screen. Get real-time flight status and updates including delays, gate & terminal number and even include driving directions to get you to the airport.

    1. Online check-in – now it's super easy to check-in with your flight ahead of time! Simply press the “Flight Check-in available” to open the airline web page in within the app to help you quickly complete your online check-in for your flight and breeze through the gate.
    2. Time to departure – know exactly how much time stands between you and your next flight departure.
    3. Time to land – Can’t wait to get there? WorldMate will show you how much time left for your flight to land.
  • Hotel Boooking

    WorldMate's hotel and car booking featured are completely customized based on your preferences and previous trips. Search and compare the best hotel deals straight from the missing accommodation card on the home screen and choose the perfect hotel for your next stay.

    Need a last-minute hotel for tonight? With just one tap you'll find the best hotels near you and save with amazing hotel deals.

  • Tablet Support!

    With the new WorldMate for Android app, we are bringing the amazing travel experience to Android tablets! The new WorldMate includes all the great features needed for managing your trip, with adjustments to take advantage of larger tablet screens, including trip view, maps and navigations and flight tracking

    Download it now on your Tablet.

  • Share your upcoming trip

    This version includes a new way to share travel plans or part of them with your friends and colleagues.

    Flight’s running late? The newest WorldMate version also allows Gold users to share their real-time flight status and notify loved ones if they're late.

  • Travel Tools

    This new version is packed with valuable travel tools you’ll love:

    1. Weather Forecast - Know what to pack with a daily weather forecast for the trip's destinations.
    2. World Clock - Always get at the right Time to the right Place
    3. Flight search - Easily find alternative flights.
    4. Much More!

 

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade to the newest Android version now!

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We'd love to hear what you think so be sure to share your thoughts with us by emailing feeback@worldmate.com or reaching out on Twitter.

 

April 17, 2014

Introducing WorldMate redesign: The Easiest Way to Manage Travel On The Go

 

Today we’re excited to unveil the completely redesigned WorldMate iOS app: A new, beautiful and easy way to manage and book your next trip.

When you download the newest WorldMate version on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll immediately appreciate the fresh new look, which was designed with you in mind. Our ultimate goal was to make it easier for you to navigate through the app and manage your upcoming trips, and we think we’ve accomplished in a big way.

The updated app is now available in the App Store, upgrade now

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Stay Connected During Your Next Trip

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s always important to keep your loved ones and colleagues in the loop. That’s why in addition to our new look, this version includes a new way to share travel plans. Now you can easily share your entire travel itinerary, or just one of your trip items, by pressing the share button located at the button of your screen and choosing the person you’d like to be informed in your travel plans.

Flight’s running late? The newest WorldMate version also allows Gold users to share their real-time flight status and notify loved ones if they’re late.

 

Want to Upgrade for Less?

WorldMate Gold is offered for a limited time only, at $0.99 (instead of $9.99)- try out the most powerful travel app available and get pushed flight alerts, real-time flight status, calendar synchronization and more.

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Want More?

If so, then stay tuned! At WorldMate, we’re constantly working on exciting new features and design innovations to make upcoming versions even more advanced, useful, and delightful.

 

Don’t be shy. We’d love to hear what you think. Be sure to share your thoughts with us by email or on Twitter.

 

Join WorldMate's Android Beta Program!

 

Join WorldMate's Android Beta Program!

We're very excited about the new upcoming version of WorldMate for Android as it's going to introduce some new, super cool features, as well as an incredibly slick UI.

Before making our new version available to the general public, we're releasing a beta version to our power users, so that we can get feedback and improve it before going live.

This is where you come in - We'd like to invite you to join our beta testers community, and to be actively involved in helping us fine-tune this process by suggesting ideas and identifying issues that will help us seamlessly release this new version.

If you're interested, here's how to become a part of the Android Beta program:

  • Join our Google + Android Beta Testers Community
    Note: You will not be able to download the app until you've joined, so don't skip this step!
  • Download the app here
  • Give it a try!
  • Our team is listening! Tell us what you think by using the feeedabck section in the app's Tool menu (Tools->Send us your feedback). Alternately, you can send an email to feedback@worldmate.com - just be sure to let us know that you are a beta tester.

 

If you have any issues or questions before, during, or after download, just reply to this email and we'll be happy to help.

 

We hope you enjoy, and we thank you for your participation!

The WorldMate Team

April 15, 2014

Say Hello to WorldMate’s New Website

 

We're pleased to announce the launch of the brand new WorldMate website! This project is the culmination of a lot of hard work from our in-house product, design, and development teams over the past few months, in addition to the professionals over at Bright Bright Great design studio.

By creating this website, our goal was to make it faster, easier to navigate, and to better convey what WorldMate is all about. In other words, we wanted to help our clients and our users to get to know WorldMate better; who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

With this new design, we were focused on simplifying the user experience while focusing on images, interactivity, and eye-catching animations. In the end, the result is a beautiful website that better conveys the essence of WorldMate; that leverages the best technologies available; and that looks great across multiple devices (go ahead and check it out on your tablet or mobile device – you’ll be amazed!).

But we're not done yet, so we'll continue regularly updating our website with news about all the exciting things going on at WorldMate.

Be sure to visit our new website at: https://www.worldmate.com/", and send any feedback via feeback@worldmate.com. We'll look forward to hearing from you!