Managing a travel crisis

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If your Executive travels regularly you will both be used to travel delays and disruptions, sometimes those delays are easy to manage and sometimes they are much bigger than expected and can cause chaos around the world. I was working as an Assistant when the Iceland Volcano erupted back in 2010 causing widespread travel disruptions around […].

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Do you need to write a travel management policy?

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Group booking… every travel manager’s nightmare!

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Your boss comes to you and tells you that you need to book the travel for 100 people for a Winter getaway, and it needs to be done by next week… eek! Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantWhere do you even start? Well, there are two options: 1. Book it yourself. You could always waste several hours searching multiple websites […].

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20 tools to help manage your Exec’s travel plans

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Just think how much time you spend organising travel for your Executive or your team? Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantIt’s a lot, right? Maybe 20% of your week? Maybe more? That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed […].

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Why you need to use tech to help you with your business travel management

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Did you know that business travel is a $1.3 And that in most companies, travel spend is often the second largest expenditure after salaries? Business travel spend in general is massive, but it doesn’t stop there; the amount of time spent organising business travel is substantial too.

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Streamline your business travel management in 5 steps

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Let’s be honest… Business travel can be a nightmare. Dozens of emails a week with travel requests, questions about itineraries, last minute changes, and scheduling complications. Better travel management can minimise emails and streamline the entire process. Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Business travel without the stress

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Business travel can be a stressful experience. Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantUnfamiliar surroundings, time and performance pressures, networking in a second or third language, and a confused body clock all contribute to rising stress levels. We look at simple techniques that help you get the basics right, so you can keep stress to a minimum.

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Expense Management Process

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Core Skills admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Expenses Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantCollecting and processing expenses is not fun.

[Free, live webinar] How should you be managing travel and expenses?

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Managing travel can be a headache. You might still be writing long emails back and forth to your travel agent, wasting time searching for the best deals yourself, or having to wait for your travellers to send you the booking options they want. Every time they travel! Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant TravelPerk Virtual Assistant

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Supplier of the Month: Travel Counsellors

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Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company that’s seeing increasing growth in its corporate travel division due to clients recognising the benefits of having their own personal travel manager available to them 24/7 when required.

How to Earn Money While Traveling

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Those who live for traveling, and there are many of us who do, crave for the opportunity to see amazing places in the world as often as possible. However, only a few people can travel the world and not worry about their finances. Even if you do have some money in the bank and decide to spend them all on traveling, those savings will probably disappear before you even get to go through your ‘top 10 travel list’. Travel Photographer. Travel Nursing.

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News from Assist Travel

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With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes. We really do have world-class speakers talking all thing business travel. Before I go into more detail on all that stuff, I thought I’d firstly refresh your memories and talk a little bit about why I think you should come along to Assist Travel. Why should you attend Assist Travel? The Assist Travel Programme.

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Launching Assist Travel

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First up we have Assist Travel taking place on Friday 4th September 2015 from 10am to 4pm in London. Why should you attend Assist Travel? Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel. Assistants have to navigate their corporate travel policy while ensuring their Executives have a smooth business trip while relying on suppliers to make that happen. Travel best practice. Travel technology. Travel trends.

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Launching Assist Travel 2016

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Business travel was a pretty clear winner. From this Assist Travel was born. We ran our first conference and exhibition for business travel booking assistants last September and I’m very excited to announce that we will be running Assist Travel again this year. The aim of Assist Travel. The aims of Assist Travel are three fold. Firstly, to reduce the amount of money that you guys spend on business travel. Delegates at Assist Travel 2015.

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Ultimate travel itinerary

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With Assist Travel coming up in September in London I wanted to share one of our most popular blogs with you – The Ultimate Travel Itinerary. A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Think about all the different bits of paper you have to keep with you – tickets, hotel details, travel guides. One of my directors travelled from Sydney to Tokyo on the same trip. Assist Travel.

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Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

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I don’t know about you but I have spent hours arranging and then rearranging travel for my Executives. It takes up a huge amount of time and can be incredibly complex especially if they are travelling to a number of destinations with connecting flights and a host of visa requirements. It is quite common now to have help with travel arrangements as most companies do employ an outside supplier to book flights, hotels and car hire. Which corporate travel agency should you use?

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How To Stay Safe and Prevent Theft While Traveling

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Traveling to a new state or country can be very exciting and relaxing at the same time. Here are a few ideas on how to stay safe while traveling abroad or even during a simple weekend getaway: Before You Leave, Protect Your Home. Technology for Travel Safety. How To Travel

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Ten tips for travelling Assistants

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Organising business travel can take up a big chunk of our time with most assistants booking complex travel on numerous occasions throughout the year. Here are my top ten tips for travelling assistants. Remember you are still going to have to look after your manager so make sure your trip is hassle free. You will be spending quite a bit of time with your manager, which you might not be used to so think of a few topics you can use for small talk.

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The Future of Business Travel and the Millennial Traveller

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At the recent Assist Travel event we were lucky to have Tae Lee, the founder and CEO of Travo talk to our delegates about the future of business travel and the millennial traveller. I just want to give you a bit more of an introduction to the video.here is what Tae covered in his session: A new generation of business travellers are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. So how should Assistants react to their Executives: Travelling more often.

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So, Assist Travel happened… again!

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On Friday 9th September we held our second Assist Travel event at The Grange Tower Bridge and from the feedback we received it looks like everyone had a thoroughly good day. After spending quite a bit of time shaping the programme and finding the right speakers I was really pleased with the content which gave lots of practical support for assistants booking business travel. Stress Free Speedy Travel. Lara Morgan, Serial Entrepreneur and extensive business traveller.

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7 Ways to Control Your Business Travel Anxiety

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In one survey, 36 percent of employees admitted that “work-related travel makes them more stressed than usual”. While experiencing travel-related anxiety is totally normal, you shouldn’t let it affect your performance. Managing your travel anxiety on a business trip is not that too difficult. “Complete stress-free travel” is a nice slogan most travel companies promise. There are many things that can go wrong when you travel.

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Business Travel Safety in a Volatile World

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Whether travelling domestically or internationally, corporations have a Duty of Care to employees visiting other cities and locations for business. That’s why Roomex have developed an interactive map that can pinpoint business travellers in over 550,000 hotels worldwide, providing instant visibility on your colleagues’ whereabouts. Accounting for the safety and the whereabouts of business travellers has never been of greater importance for international companies.

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Backpackers vs. Glampackers: What Kind of Traveler Are You?

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Staycation, voluntourism, set-jetting—these are just some of the many travel buzzwords going around. Let’s start by getting a good grasp of these two distinct breeds of travelers. Backpackers are individuals who follow the low-cost and independent approach to traveling. They take as much time they need when traveling. They travel without sacrificing comfort and style. Like backpackers, they have a passion for travel, but they try to keep theirs glamorous.

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Travel Itineraries

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A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Think about all the different bits of paper you have to keep with you – tickets, hotel details, travel guides. Well along with the usual stresses of travelling your boss also has to attend meetings and act professionally when in many cases they are dealing with jet lag and the continuous business activities back in the UK office. Happy travel planning, Nicky x.

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TravelPerk takes the stress out of business travel

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Or maybe you’re managing the annual ski-trip for the entire company? Booking and managing business travel is time consuming, stressful, and let’s be honest, not always that appreciated. Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Employment Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantBooking a last minute trip to an international company?

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What if all of your business travel was refundable?

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When you book travel, currently you have two options: […]. Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants blogging EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks technologyHow many times have you booked a work trip for you or your colleague, only for them to end up needing to change the date or time, or even cancel altogether? Of course, business trips get amended for endless reasons which are out of your control.

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More presentations from Assist Travel 2016

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As promised, for those of you that couldn’t make Assist Travel this year, here are the rest of the slides from our wonderful speakers. Assist travel Avoiding Visa Disasters for Practically Perfect PA from Practically Perfect PA. Travel Apps and Technology. Apps and technology at Assist Travel for Practically Perfect PA from Practically Perfect PA. Travel and Accommodation Search Engines. PAs who travel.

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Top travel tips please!

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We are going to make a start today with your top travel tips… it can literally be anything that you have found that works when it comes to arranging travel for your organisation. To give you an example here is my top tip… Ensure that your Executive has two passports, one that they can use for travel and one that you can use for Visas. . The post Top travel tips please!

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How can you help your Executive with travel delays?

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Here are some tips if your Executive does experience a travel delay: Be prepared. It is always, always worth checking the weather in the places that your boss is travelling to. It kinda goes without saying that if there have been any weather warnings or any unusual weather there will be travel delays and you should be prepared for this. You may be able to book them on or get your Travel Management Company to switch the booking asap. Assist Travel.

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Travel Planning for Others – Putting Yourself in Your Traveler’s Shoes

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Every admin wears many hats: office manager, personal assistant, life coach, travel planner. Every time your manager is heading out of town, it’s time for you to don your travel planner hat, slip into your traveler’s shoes, and equip yourself with your suite of travel planning tools. TRAVO ’s goal is to boil down your arsenal of travel tools, ranging from sticky notes to Excel spreadsheets, to one single booking and planning platform.

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Why incentive travel works

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Having been established in the incentive travel industry for over a decade now, I can state with confidence that we at First Event have seen it all; events to recognise success, reward achievement, inspire motivation, build relations and give back to communities. What works best; Cash incentives, vouchers, travel, awards or recognition? Incentivising your workforce with travel is the perfect way to promote a passionate, motivated team, willing to work hard for a great reward.

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A review of Assist Travel 2015

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We held our first Assist Travel conference and exhibition on Friday 25th September at the Hilton Bankside and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. As with all of our Assist Events we like to make sure that it is a little different and I loved our travel themed registration desk. ’ This was half an hour where everyone called talk about their experiences booking business travel, what goes wrong and how to fix any issues that might crop up.

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Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

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It is a brilliant city and with more and more people coming here for business trips I thought now would be a good time to share with you my top tips for organising business travel to Barcelona. This is the first video I have done for Practically Perfect PA – I much prefer writing than staring at myself on screen – however – with Assist Travel coming up next week I thought I would also highlight one of the great sessions we have at the conference!

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: 10 Assist Travel tickets!

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We are offering ten lucky readers the chance to attend Assist Travel for free. More information on the programme and the speakers can be found on the Assist Travel website. Planning travel for your team should take minutes, not hours! Compare travel rates across multiple companies to cut costs. Manage multiple travel profiles and preferences at TRAVO.com. Easier to communicate and get trip approvals from your managers.

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Organising business travel is changing… Are you?

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So, according to recent studies, the amount organizations spend on business travel is increasing year on year. This means that the amount of time assistants spends organising business travel is only going to grow. Throw into the mix the fact that we are seeing the rise of the Millennials (those born roughly between 1980-2000) into managerial positions we can safely say organising business travel is changing! Organising business travel is changing… Are you?

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What should you expect from your business travel provider?

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Booking business travel is a core part of our role so working with a good travel management company can save us so much time and ultimately our organisation money! I’ve asked Travel Professionals to give us a bit more understanding on what we should expect from our business travel provider…. You may book your own travel believing it to be quicker, cheaper and more efficient. So why should you book your travel through a travel management company?

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7 Ways To Save Money While Traveling

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In this post, we’ll take a look at seven ways to save money while traveling so that you can come back with money in your pocket! 7 Tips for Saving Money When Traveling. Below are seven ways to save money while traveling. Discount travel booking sites, such as NextVacay.com, can save you hundreds of dollars on vacation costs, airfares and more. Friends noticed the couple’s frequent travels and asked how they were managing this.

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The four steps of business travel planning

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As I said many times arranging travel for your Executive can be a tricky business. Knowing their preferences, getting them to their destination and then managing them while they are away from the office is a time consuming task. Having recently talked to an assistant who said arranging business travel for her Exec took up a huge amount of her time (over 24 days per year!) Managing your Executive while they are on the road. Assist Travel Featured Travel

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How To Work And Travel The World: 10 Helpful Tools

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It doesn’t matter if you are a copywriter, content manager, blogger, translator, marketer, online teacher, or even a website developer – all these tools can make you better at what you do. Learning languages while traveling around the world is the best combination to meet different cultures. Planning and time management play an essential role in the life of every remote worker. In that regards, you can use Trello as the best agile management solution.

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The 4 steps of business travel: Getting your Executive home

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Over the last few weeks I have been writing about the four steps of business travel, firstly I published waving goodbye to your Exec. The second step was Delivering your Exec to their destination and the third step was managing your Executive while they are on the road. After all they have already managed to complete the outbound journey successfully and it is pretty much the same thing just in reverse! Manage the office.

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Booking business travel: is there an app for that?

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Booking business travel can be a lengthy process. Apps are taking advantage of this user fatigue by aiming to make booking travel a simple and quick process. But are apps the way forward in business travel today? A brand new app called Native looks at helping both business and public flyers to get the high street travel agent experience on the go. Startup Native is a travel assistant app, evolved from a need to add a human touch to mobile bookings.

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The tax implication of business travel

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In this blog post we have concentrated on the tax implication of travel, as we believe it’s a very relevant issue today. As a company Voyage Manager provides end to end travel tracking and monitoring services, with a historical focus on safety and security. For a lot of jurisdictions the residency threshold is 183 days, which can be quite easy to manage. Voyage Manager visualizes the data in an easy and understandable way. Assist Travel Featured Travel

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The 4 steps of business travel planning: Managing your Executive while they are on the road

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So this is part three of my four part business travel planning guide. Today I will look at how you can manage your Executive while they are on the road. Is your manager expecting you to change the hours you work to coincide with the time difference? Are you expected to be in the office or can you work from home while they travel? If your manager is travelling to a local office ask another assistant to keep an eye on your manager while they are there.

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