If traveling is a necessary component of running your online business, you deserve a stress-free journey. There are some inconveniences you can’t avoid, like navigating through airport security. Other inconveniences are avoidable, though, like packing everything in your carry on so you can avoid the baggage claim.
Here’s how you can bypass four of the most common inconveniences:
- The laptop ban
Thanks to Homeland Security, US-bound flights from ten airports in the Middle East and Africa have banned laptops, iPads, and e-readers from being carried in the cabin; they must be checked instead. Among the airports covered by the ban are Dubai International, Abu Dhabi International, and Cairo International.
During an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said he might expand the ban to cover all international flights entering or departing the US. Kelly said, “We will make a decision when the time is right.”
With Dubai being a hot spot destination for entrepreneurs, the laptop ban is going to be a massive inconvenience for many people. If this ban applies to you, remember that you can still use your laptop in-flight traveling out of the US, but what can you do coming home? Here are some ideas:
- Develop new neural pathways by writing. French psychologist Stanislas Dehaene told the New York Times, “When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated… it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize. Learning is made easier.”
Studies show that writing by hand produces greater neural activity and results in generating more ideas than typing. This means you could potentially raise your IQ by the time you land.
- Practice meditation. You’ve been meaning to meditate more often – now’s your chance! With nobody to interrupt you, put on your sleep mask, your headphones, and play your favorite guided meditation from your smartphone.
- Listen to your favorite music or read a book. You have no responsibilities for the duration of your flight. Let go and relax. Take time for yourself.
- Slow or non-existent Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is everywhere in the world, right? Not exactly. “It’s everywhere you want to be” is Visa’s slogan from the 1980s. Public Wi-Fi is still catching up.
While traveling in the US, it’s easy to find public Wi-Fi, even if it’s slow. Traveling abroad won’t always yield the same results. Having an unlocked personal hot spot, though, means you won’t have to rely on anyone else for a connection.
A hot spot eliminates the need to tether your phone
Tethering your phone was a great idea ten years ago but it drains your battery and eats up your data. A hot spot requires a subscription service, but you can get more bandwidth than your phone’s plan, and it’s cheaper than paying data overage fees.
- Scarce electrical outlets
Ever wonder if airports and bus stations purposely hide their electrical outlets? Many airports haven’t been remodeled in decades. Until recently, there wasn’t a reason to provide mass outlets to travelers.
Pick up some high capacity power banks – they’re made to be slim these days – and you’ll never find yourself waiting in line to plug in. TechRadar.com reviewed twelve devices that range from one port to six ports with capacities reaching 50000mAh to charge laptops and tablets.
Forgot your travel adapter?
Have you ever traveled to another country, drained your phone battery, and realized you forgot your travel adapter? Carrying your own power bank solves that problem, too.
- Your destination only supports the CDMA network
Most phones sold in the US work only on the GSM network. If your destination doesn’t support GSM (like Japan and South Korea), don’t assume you can just buy one on their network when you arrive. You might need a local address to get phone service. Before you travel, check this frequently updated GSM world coverage map to find out if your phone is compatible.
Some manufactures make phones specifically designed for travelers that work with GSM and CDMA, like the Motorola A840, or the Samsung A790.
Even if your phone operates on both networks, you need to call your carrier to activate international service before you leave. If you forget to do this, your phone won’t work when you get off the plane.
In a post titled, “How To Travel The World With A Smartphone,” The Verge shares important reminders that international rates fluctuate depending on your location and your contact’s location. To save money, they recommend using an unlocked smartphone and purchasing a local SIM when you reach your destination.