Useful Travel Etiquette Tips

Even if you’re a savvy traveler with hundreds of miles under your shoes, it doesn’t hurt to review some tried and true travel etiquette tips. Because no matter how smart, accomplished, or attractive you are, if you make a major faux pas in front of a decision maker, the deal’s probably not getting done.

Here’s a review of business etiquette for the traveling executive. If you travel often, especially out of the country, be sure to take a few minutes and research the business etiquette and customs of that country or region—it may mean the difference between a successful or disastrous business trip.

Better overdressed than underdressed. Assuming you know the basics of professional dress, just some reminders are in order. Stick with timeless styles and darker colors—they visually demand more respect. Dress one over your paygrade, or for the position you want for your next promotion. When traveling, be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately for the temperature. You don’t want to be the only guy in the room with a sweater on. Make sure your clothes are neatly pressed. Most hotels have irons in them. In a pinch, hang up your clothes in the bathroom and run a hot shower to steam them. And if you haven’t gone shopping in a while, commit to doing so to freshen up your wardrobe.

The art of the handshake. A good handshake is an art full of variables, such as the right timing and pressure. Done correctly, it can show your confidence and create rapport with associates. Don’t extend your hand too early to seem overly eager, and don’t squeeze too hard as to intimidate or cause pain. Also, remember to smile and make good eye contact. When traveling abroad, research the customs and etiquette of that country or region. When in Asian countries, for example, refrain from shaking too hard or too long, and don’t make direct eye contact. A good rule of thumb is to follow the lead of the person you are looking to impress.

Napkin on the lap. As mentioned in the opening, no matter how smart, accomplished or attractive you are, a major faux pas at a meal can ruin the deal. Even if your coworkers or guests are less than formal, stay true to the rules of mealtime etiquette — you never know who’s watching, and it can only benefit your career. Some things to remember: Never talk with your mouth full, take small bites, and be nice to the wait staff. You won’t impress your guest by being overly particular. Also, come to the meal with a few topics to discuss besides business. When in doubt, ask your guest about something you know he or she is interested in, such as golf or wine tasting.

Don’t be a stingy tipper. The old adages, “Money talks” and “Don’t be stingy,” strongly apply when you’re on the road. Tip well at airports, restaurants, hotels—and anywhere a harried business traveler needs a little extra help to get what’s needed. Don’t forget to tip housekeepers, too. Be generous and the staff will take care of you. And in most cases, you can get reimbursed as a travel expense.

Snail mail can go far. Business people are bombarded with emails. In our technological age, you can really stand out by doing a simple thing: handwrite a request, reminder or thank you card. Pick a simple, classy card, and keep it short and tasteful, with phrases such as, “I just wanted to remind you,” and “I’m looking forward to our meeting.” Of course, make sure the recipient’s name and title are spelled correctly.

The Best Free Travel Apps in 2016

Whether you travel occasionally or live out of a suitcase, the right travel app can make your life a lot easier. But with all that’s available, which ones will you really use? Here’s a list of some of the best free travel apps, courtesy of  theguardian.com.

App in the Air
App in the Air is a smart, straightforward, flight tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. It will keep you updated about flight status—even if you don’t have internet coverage—and helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages: check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. It also integrates with Tripit allowing you to import all your flights.
Free, iOS and Android, appintheair.mobi

Citymapper
Comprehensive, easy to use and also playful, Citymapper offers more detailed journey planner information than Google, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, as well as Uber integration and cycle routes. It is available in around 30 cities worldwide, with all the obvious city-break destinations covered.
Free, iOS and Android, citymapper.com

Duolingo
Over 70 million people have registered with Duolingo, a free and incredibly well-designed language learning app. Although not a replacement for proper language instruction, the app is a fun way to get the basics, or to keep your grammar and vocabulary fresh before a trip abroad. 
Free, iOS and Android, duolingo.com

Google Translate
This translator can be a useful tool to support your own, more serious language learning, but realistically, it’s most useful on a practical level quickly translating day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text, such as a sign, or a menu, and Google will translate it for you instantly.
Free, iOS and Android, https://play.google.com

LiveTrekker
LiveTrekker creates a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your trips on an interactive map. The app tracks you as you go, marking a red line along a map on the exact route you take. The app also monitors your speed and altitude, making it great for adventure travelers, though it’s just as fun to look back at your route around a city. You can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way, creating a multimedia travel diary you can share.
Free, iOS and Android, livetrekker.com

Time Out
The Time Out app is a great directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. With coverage from Accra to Amsterdam, Edinburgh to Singapore, the app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder is a particularly useful tool, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customized travel guide for your holiday.
Free, iOS  and Android

Tripit
A bit like a pocket travel agent, Tripit pulls together travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars, and events bookings and converts it into a single itinerary. Just forward your emails to the app and it will do the rest. If you’re traveling with others you can easily share the plans, making this a useful app for coordinating a group trip.
Free, iOS and Android, tripit.com

XE Currency
XE is the go-to site for currency conversions on the web, so it’s no surprise that its app is so popular. With over 20 million downloads since launch, it has lots of business-oriented features, such as rates for precious metals and historic currency charts, but for the traveler it is most useful for the simple fact that it’s able to convert every world currency. It also functions offline by saving the last updated rates, which is great if you’re in a place with limited connectivity or are trying to save on data.
Free, iOS and Android, xe.com

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Source: 10 of the best travel apps … that you’ll actually use