The concept of unplugging for a few days in a land far, far away sounds enchanting, but travelers might find staying in a foreign land without navigation, ridesharing and Google in their back pocket to be daunting. Luckily, with the combo of a fabulous agent (that’s you) and today’s technology, travelers can minimize their screen time without sacrificing the technological perks they need in-destination.
Connecting people around the world since the 1990s, email is a classic communication staple. With hotel Wi-Fi, random internet cafes and mobile hotspots, it’s easier than ever for travelers to check their inbox no matter their destination. This is convenient for travel agents as most anything can be communicated through an email, including photos and file attachments. This mode of communication is especially useful for staying in touch with older clients who might not be as app-savvy but are familiar with managing their email account. When it comes to popularity, Microsoft Outlook, Gmail and Airmail are among the most commonly downloaded email applications.
Help travelers stay plugged-in by providing them with a portable Wi-Fi hotspot or encouraging them to add one to their travel gear. Small enough to fit in your pocket, these portable routers provide users with a customized wireless network that can connect to multiple devices at a time. In addition to helping agents stay in touch with their clients (hello, shared files, itinerary updates and video chats), portable routers also encourage free advertising as travelers share real-time updates from the trip you planned for them with family and friends.
Encourage travelers to pick up a foreign SIM card if they plan to make a lot of calls while abroad. A SIM card is a small chip that allows mobile phones to connect to a local network, thus providing travelers with all the mobile comforts of home. If your client finds the process of purchasing and installing a foreign SIM card to be too daunting they can always pay their mobile carrier an additional fee for international roaming.