Long flights can be dreadful. Especially when Wi-Fi is down or the in-flight movies are less than appealing. You can always read a book, listen to music, or sleep, but for long flights, those three things can get old fast. Below are 10 productive things (well, except for number nine) you can do on a flight.

1. Organize your phone.

Free up some memory by getting rid of apps you never use and embarrassing photos of yourself you accidently snapped with your front facing camera. You can also organize your apps based on categories like travel apps, fitness apps, music apps, etc.

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2. Create music playlists.

Using Spotify, 8Tracks or your own tunes, create playlists based on your interests or activities: Travel playlists, workout playlists, party playlists, road trip playlists–the options are limitless.

create playlist

Offline tip: If you have Spotify Premium, you can make up to 3,333 songs available offline.

3. Listen to Podcasts.

Podcasts are a great, free source of entertainment. The best part about podcasts is that you can download them and listen to them offline. The hit series Serial helped to popularize podcasts and due to its success, many more podcasts have emerged.

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Popular podcasts include:

4. Plan out your trip.

On your way to explore a new place? Plan out the details of your trip like where to eat, where to grab a drink, and map out the sites you want to see. You can even use TripCase to help you plan out your travel itinerary.

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5. Create an exercise or diet plan.

A successful exercise or diet plan requires planning. First, Take a moment to write out your goals. For workouts, plan out which exercises you’ll do on what days. Include sets, reps, and duration. For your diet, make a list of foods you like and dislike. Decide which of those foods you’ll eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (don’t forget snacks).

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6. Learn to draw.

Pack a small sketchbook and pencil in your carry on and try out your drawing skills (or use a stylus and tablet). Save a few photos to your phone that you can use as a reference or find an app or ebook that will walk you through the steps.

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7. Learn to code.

Coding is a great skill to learn and there are hundreds of programming languages you can explore. There are thousands of free references like W3Schools or Code Academy. For many languages, like HTML and CSS, all you need is a simple text editor like Notepad (but check out Notepad++ or Sublime for a better learning experience).

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Offline tip: For offline learning, bring a book or save your favorite lessons from the web as a PDF.

8. Edit your photos.

Chances are, you have tons of photos on your phone–some may need more attention than others. Keep it simple with basic edits like brightness and contrast or play around with cool filters and special effects. Check out these photo editing apps for iPhone or these apps for Android.

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9. Color in a coloring book.

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. Aside from being a fun activity to kill time, there are claims that coloring has therapeutic benefits such as relieving stress or anxiety. If you prefer not to carry on a bunch of crayons or colored pencils, you can even download coloring books on your tablet.

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10. Learn a new language.

This is a perfect option if you are traveling internationally. There are tons of websites and apps, likeDuoLingo or Loecsen, that can help you conquer even the toughest languages. And in some instances, learning a new language or two can really help your career.

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Summer Travel Tips

As summer kicks into gear, you’re likely heading out on some awesome family vacations, getaway trips, or just more sales meetings and conferences. No matter the purpose of your trip, we’re here to help you travel smarter with some summer travel tips that we’ve picked up through our travels.

  1. Use those weekdays – as creatures of habit, it’s easy to book your trip over a regular week. However, you’ll get better rates and travel more smoothly if you can schedule with the weekend in the middle. Try to leave on a Thursday and return on Tuesday or Wednesday, for instance.
  2. Raise the roof – when you book your hotel, request a room on a higher floor. Most vacationers will book lower floors to be closer to the pool, so a higher room may reduce the noise, and probably give you a better view, as well.
  3. Get a rashguard – instead of slathering sunblock on every few hours, buy a long-sleeve rashguard. These lightweight “swim shirts” will protect your skin from the sun, dry quickly, and come in a huge variety of sizes and colors.
  4. Stay Connected – a portable power pack is one of our favorite travel gadgets, and fits easily in your pocket or bag. You can get them in all different shapes, sizes, and capacities, so choose one that fits your needs and you’re good to go.
  5. Use TripCase – obviously, the best thing you can do is put all your trip details into TripCase. We’ll keep you up-to-date with free flight alerts, seatmaps, and weather forecasts, and you can even use TripCase on your fancy new smartwatch. We’ll even help you remember that awesome dive bar you found while strolling along the beach.

Globally, business travel spend will reach an astounding $1.25 Trillion by the end of 2015. That’s trillion with a “t” for business travel alone, not counting personal travel. Clearly, businesses continue to see the value of meeting in-person.

The growth is especially strong in China, which is forecast to grow 61% by 2019. Other emerging countries expecting to reach new heights included Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, Poland and Malaysia.

We put together the infographic below to keep you updated on some of the highlights:

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Source: http://www.gbta.org/PressReleases/Pages/rls_072615.aspx

We have exciting news for our business travel partners, which means it could be a big deal to you, too. We’ve announced a corporate travel industry breakthrough, and thought you might like to get details from us. In a nutshell, we’re putting a direct line between you and your company’s travel department.

“The consumerization of business travel continues to put pressure on corporations to meet employees’ expectations for simple tools to help them shop, book and manage their business trips,” said John Samuel, senior vice president of Sabre Traveler Solutions. “TripCase Corporate closes the gap between the company’s need for efficiency and control, and the traveler’s desire for flexibility and choice.”

Straight up — you’ll be even more taken care of by your travel department and not have to do any more work. You’re welcome. Learn more from your travel manager and watch as new features roll out early next year.

I’ve had the good fortune of traveling the world for business. I’m not one of those travelers who have only seen the airport, the backseat of a cab, and a white-washed hotel room.  In the hundreds of cities around the world I’ve visited, I get out and experience it…whether it’s a new city or my own backyard!  I’ve been to the theater in London, had the best Uruguayan wine in Montevideo, taken a Segway tour of San Diego, shopped my way through Hong Kong, added a love lock to the Hohenzollernbrucke bridge in Cologne, and had my own personal New York vs. Chicago pizza throw down (I won’t tell you who won!)

That’s why TripCase works best for me!  It allows me to mix business with pleasure, in one easy itinerary view, and now with my company using TripCase Corporate, I can let my corporate travel manager know where I am, even when I have to book segments outside of our program.

How you ask? It’s easy! My account associates me with my company, so now when I send a segment to [email protected] or manually add a segment to my TripCase trip, I simply click the box next to “For Business” and I’ve given permission for TripCase to share that with my travel manager.  She’ll see the segments I want her to see in order to keep me connected and safe on an easy-to-read dashboard.  Even better, trips that are automatically imported into my account from my travel agency or my company’s online corporate booking tool are already marked as business. Magic!

Now, don’t think for a minute I always explore alone!  When my coworkers travel with me, I share my itinerary with them so they know what I have planned and can come along for the fun.  They’ll receive a notification that I’ve shared my trip and have a timeline view of my itinerary in the “Following” tab of the app. I can also set up my colleagues, family, and friends as “Always Share” contacts-perfect when you want to keep your Administrative Assistant in the loop or just taunt your sister with all of your adventures!

Traveling for business can be fun – it’s a great way to see the world and experience the different cultures of your partners, coworkers, and clients. However, it can also be a big drain on your productivity if you’re not prepared. Here are a few ways you can maintain your productivity while you’re on the road.

1. Setup an email auto-response or out-of-office message – if you’re constantly traveling, you may be tempted to skip this. However, a properly created auto-response can help funnel inquiries to an assistant or coworker who may be able to respond more quickly than you. It can also set proper response expectations for your contacts, freeing you from the urge to respond immediately.

2. Choose a hotel with the right amenities – instead of looking for a hotel with a great pool or on-site sauna, look for hotels with an on-site office center, dry cleaning, or other business-centric offers. Being able to work properly and have the support you need will help you feel more relaxed in the long run.

3. Keep an ethernet cable in your bag – don’t gamble on the hotel WiFi – it may be a slow connection, or you may not get a strong signal in your room on the 20th floor. Most hotel rooms have an in-room ethernet port, and a wired connection is usually much more stable, reliable, and faster than wireless. A 6-foot ethernet cable won’t take up much room, but it’ll give you enough slack to get comfortable while working.

4. Use TripCase – OK, so this is a bit of an obvious one, but TripCase can keep you focused on work, since you won’t need to waste time shuffling through various confirmation emails or worrying about whether your flight is delayed or on time.

One of the travel trends that have been increasing in popularity over the past few years is the merging of business and leisure travel. As younger professionals begin traveling for work, they’re increasingly adding a couple of days of leisure travel, in a phenomenon some have dubbed “bleisure” (we really hope the name doesn’t stick). In fact,  according to a recent survey, 56% of travelers aged 18-34 have tacked leisure time onto a work trip, compared with only 36% of travelers aged 35-44. Here’s a few tips to help you save money by combining business and leisure travel.

1. Check Your Corporate Travel Policy

How To Save Money By Combining Business and Leisure Travel

Some companies allow their employees to book personal travel at negotiated corporate rates. Depending on your company, these rates might be better than even discount hotel websites. Keep in mind, it’s typically still up to the employee to pay for these nights, but this can result in big savings, especially at some of the larger hotel chains.

2. Switch Hotels

How To Save Money By Combining Business and Leisure Travel

If you’re not allowed to use your negotiated corporate rate for personal travel, it might be worthwhile to switch hotels mid-trip. Often, a hotel’s weekend rates are lower, particularly in less leisure-focused cities. Switching hotels might even mean heading to a suburb – if your meetings are in Manhattan, check Brooklyn for lower leisure rates.

3. Build Up Loyalty Perks

How To Save Money By Combining Business and Leisure Travel

Most hotel chains have a loyalty program that includes amenities such as free access to fitness centers, in-room WiFi, discounts on spa treatments, or even free nights. Be sure to sign up and register your business travel with the hotel’s loyalty program. It might also get you a free room upgrade when you extend your stay.

4. Explore nearby

How To Save Money By Combining Business and Leisure Travel

Beyond just switching hotels, travelers might be able to explore a new city within range of their business destination. For instance, if you have meetings in San Francisco, you could rent a car and drive south along the California coast for a few days in Monterey, then drive back for your flight out. This is a great way to see more of the country and explore locations that might otherwise be out of reach.

5. Use Connections Wisely

As a reminder, when you’re adding leisure days to a business trip, it’s always a good idea to check your corporate travel policy or talk to your travel manager, to make sure you know your company’s specific policies.

We all love traveling for fun – seeing family or friends, exploring new cities or relaxing on the beach. But when we’re traveling for work the thought of packing, airport security and flying feels much more like a chore. Odds are, you’ll have to travel for work at some point for a conference, client visit or company meeting. So we’ve got some tips that we hope will make your business travel more enjoyable and maybe even fun!

Plan Ahead

With TripCase as your handy sidekick this one should be easy for you. You can conveniently add as many trip items as you want to your upcoming trip: from flights and hotels to lunches to meetings we’ve got you covered. You’ll be able to stay up to date on flight times and have hotel information and meeting times at the palm of your hand (or on your wrist).

Pack Smart

Carry-on is the key to traveling smart and stress free. You won’t have to worry about your bag ending up in Chicago when you’re bound for San Francisco and if your flight gets canceled you have all of your items already with you. And this means less time waiting around the airport for your bag – the less time in the airport, the happier you’ll be!

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Add Some Fun

Chances are you’ll have a bit of free time during your trip, or at least we hope so! So why not get out of the hotel room and explore. With TripCase you can check out your Tripfeed for any exciting activities or dealsthat may be available in the area.

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Stay Active

Chances are you’re going to be sitting in meetings for the majority of your day, so when you have free time head to the gym instead of your bed. When you work out, your body releases dopamine into your brain and you actually become happier, less stressed, and more energized. So just hit the hotel’s fitness center, or see our tips for staying fit while traveling.

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So you’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip full of meetings, dinners, and taxi cabs. You probably have a bunch of receipts from your trip, and you know you’re going to have to file your expenses soon. This can be a daunting task, but the good news is, there’s ways to make this easier. Here are five tips for filing expenses more easily:

  1. Maintain Order – try to keep your receipts organized by day. This will help you keep track of what’s what, and if you used a corporate card, is likely the order in which your purchases will be listed on your statement.
  2. Make notes – on the back of your receipts, write down any pertinent information you may need – what was the business purpose, who was with you, etc. This can be especially helpful if you have to wait for your bank statement to come in before you’re able to file your expenses.
  3. Map it out – if you’re able to expense mileage in your personal car for your trip, but forgot to snap a photo of your odometer before you left, you can use Google Maps to easily measure the distance driven between places. Our Remember This Place feature can help you with this, too.
  4. Make a backup – most receipts are printed on thermal paper, which can fade and become unreadable. Snapping a photo when you receive the receipt will give you a fully-legible backup. If your receipt is already faded, try holding it at arms length and using a hair dryer against the back of the receipt. The heat from the hair dryer can restore the ink enough to read the details again. Just be careful – too much heat and you’ll ruin the whole receipt!
  5. Make a folder – some corporate email systems will automatically archive or delete your email after a period of time. If you book your trips far enough in advance, you might lose your confirmation email! Make a habit of saving your confirmations to a folder on your hard drive as soon as you receive them. Just flagging them in your inbox may not keep them safe.

The options in men’s dress shoes right now are more plentiful than ever before. If you are smart about the few options that you buy, you can travel well in style in no time flat.

The Case for Traveling with Comfortable Dress Shoes

  • It used to be that men were regulated to only 2 options, a basic dress shoe which was uncomfortable, and a tennis shoe. Now the styles have changed, and more high-end designers are making comfortable dress shoes that are a breeze for travel.
  • Many dress shoes slip on and off easily to cut down on time going through the security line.
  • You can wear one pair when you are traveling if you buy a pair that is geared towards comfort, so only one pair has to go in your carry-on luggage.
  • While they are comfortable, you might not want to be the guy that wear flip flops when he travels. For one, you never know who you are going to run into on the flight, and second, it’s a safety hazard to have exposed toes on a plane.
  • You can be the gentleman with solid footwear if an emergency occurs. You’ll have much better footing in enclosed shoes to assist anyone that needs help, or run if you need to make a late layover between flights.

Here are some excellent travel-worthy shoes that will have you stylish and put together perfectly on any business trip:

The Dress Loafer

penny-loaferA classic choice that doesn’t ever go out of style. The dress loafer is one of the best choices to have in a dark brown color. It goes well with any navy or tan suit, looks classy with khakis and can even dress up a dark pair of jeans.

Tod’s “Quinn” Penny Loafer in dark brown is a sleek moccasin style loafer with Tod’s signature rubber sole that is pebbled for extreme comfort. It’s almost like getting a foot massage when you wear a pair of these excellent quality shoes. Each pair is hand cut, sewn, and put together in Italy for craftsmanship that is second to none. This is the pair to wear on the plane with some chinos, and a nice button down shirt.

The Dress Oxford

oxford-shoeThis is a more formal shoe with laces. Make sure they have at least 6 eyelets and a cap toe otherwise known as the “balmoral” shoe. This is the choice for your dressiest suits and sport coats.

Choose this pair in black because it will go with all your darker grey, black, and pinstripe suits. Allen Edmonds “Park Avenue” Dress Oxford is made of a single oak leather sole, custom lining, and has extra padding for additional comfort. This shoe is a classic that will never go out of style, and will last you for years to come.

The Dress Slip On

This is a more modern style shoe that maybe be a more suitable choice if you aren’t a fan of laces or loafers. It slips on easily so that you can get dressed in a flash. This is a pair of shoes that you want designed for maximum comfort and style.

Slip On Dress ShoesEither black or dark brown is fine with this pair, plus you can experiment with texture as well. Go with suede for an added element of luxury. Mephisto “Baduard” Slip On in a dark brown suede style is known for comfort and ease of wear. They even have a shock absorbent sole so that you can have some extra protection against sore feet while wearing them all day. Another smart choice to wear on the plane with khaki’s, dark jeans, or flat front pants. You’ll look stylish with any of these choices on a business trip.

When you’re ready to pack, pick two pairs to bring with you out of the following style options, one in black and one in dark brown should suffice. Any more than two pairs and you risk carrying more than one bag on your trip.

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