Marjolein van de Velde, Travel and Sales Manager at BCD Travel, relies on her smartphone and travel apps to get organized, be on time and safe while commuting between her home in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.
“I feel lost without my phone,” says van de Velde. “When it comes to travel apps, I’m very demanding. I only use applications that really make my life easier. Here she presents her favorite applications for business trips.
“Each mobile application should provide individual assistance and meet specific needs. That’s why I appreciate BCD Travel’s TripSource app . This is my personal travel agent. I can use it to book preferential hotels as part of the travel policy; I receive push notifications on departure times, boarding gate changes, baggage pick-up, and transportation suggestions between the airport and my hotel. It brings me the exact information when I need it. »Download the app on tripsource.com .
“For my local trips, I usually use Uber. This user-friendly application allows me to know in advance who exactly will pick me up and when. You can even see the registration number, the make of the car and a photo of the driver. I have two credit cards associated with my Uber account: one for my business travel and the other for my personal needs. I can select the right one for each trip. Of course, the fact that Uber is usually much cheaper than an ordinary taxi is a substantial advantage. “
Mrs van de Veld today uses WhatsApp much more often than SMS. WhatsApp is a free app that uses the phone’s internet connection to send and receive messages. “I sometimes use WhatsApp, or FaceTime, to make calls. It’s a simple way to reduce travel expenses.
For van de Velde, weather forecasting applications such as Weer Online, available in the Netherlands, make it easier to plan trips. “I’m using the premium version of Weer Online. I check the weather forecast 24 hours in advance, which is very convenient when packing. “
Marjolein’s advice on travel applications
- Link multiple credit cards to Uber
- Keep all your travel information in one place with BCD’s TripSource app
- Enable push notifications, such as weather forecasts, only when they are immediately useful. Disable them at the end of your trip.