Videoconferencing and Business Trips |

In recent years, there has been increasing speculation that technologies like videoconferencing will eliminate or at least greatly reduce the need for business trips. While business trips are unlikely to go away, cost, changing technology and other factors are likely to start reducing business travel in the near future and may eventually replace much of it.

Considering all the costs and time they incur, there certainly are reasons why the business trip has remained such a big part of business even though many of the functions of these trips can technically be carried out in other ways.

One reason is simply that people have the urge to travel and go places. The business trip has the added advantage for individuals of being something that can be carried out at company expense and at least partially on company time.

There is also the practical aspect. People are evolved for face-to-face meetings and much our communication is non-verbal. Many feel they need the feelings of trust that only meeting someone directly can provide to build a business relationship, or that the only way they can really make sure something is done properly is to go there personally.

There are disadvantages to business trips though and compelling reasons why videoconferencing might start to replace more of them soon.

One is security. Be it real or imagined concerns about terrorism, diseases or just accidents, people feel safer closer to home and cyberspace is still very safe!

The time and resources business trips consume are their biggest drawbacks for most companies. With planning, travel time, jet lag, airfares, hotels and other costs, traveling is a major investment and has a negative environmental impact.

The cost and time required for these trips is not declining either. In fact, with increasingly crowded infrastructure, onerous security and rising fuel costs, the time and money most business trips require is actually increasing. In an integrated and competitive worldwide marketplace, these costs cannot be ignored.

On the other hand, the costs of videoconferencing and other communication costs continue to drop. As bandwidth grows and the technology improves, with everything from cheap web cams to systems that cost hundreds of thousand of dollars, videoconferencing is now within reach of an increasing number of businesses and even individuals.

With these facts in mind, videoconferencing is set to make more serious inroads into business culture. Videoconferencing is easiest to implement within companies and will replace trips taken for internal meetings first. However, as its use becomes more common and accepted and as the technology improves, it is likely to reach a kind of critical mass. When people get used to using it at least some of the time, they will be much more likely to accept its use in situations where only face-to-face meetings are considered appropriate now. Furthermore, with the costs savings of videoconferencing increasing factored into pricing, many companies may be forced to accept it to compete.

With the technology increasingly in place and cost and time savings to be realized, attitudes and acceptance are the final barriers to an explosion of video conferencing and fewer business trips.

What Type of Traveler Are You? Determine the Type of Luggage That Suits You Best |

Although this sounds like a simple question, when you know the type of trips you’ll be taking, then it will be easier for you to choose the best luggage for your circumstances and lifestyle.

Business travelers are men and women who use their luggage on a weekly, monthly, or frequent basis. Since these people travel often, they will require luggage that is more durable, sturdy, and high quality. The luggage must be able to withstand levels of moderate mishandling at airports, hotels, or while transporting the suitcases in vehicles during business trips.

College students who travel back and forth from home to school, and who use their luggage for overnight trips, spring break, vacations, or while traveling on the weekends, would be more likely to purchase an oversized backpack, a duffel bag, or polyester type piece of luggage. Luggage for this type of traveler doesn’t have to last a long time. It just needs to transport the student’s personal belongings.

Professional photographers, who travel to various cities or parts of the world for photo assignments, are usually divided into two groups when it comes times to select soft sided luggage. One group of photographers chooses only luggage that will not attract attention, especially if they are traveling with expensive gear. Other photographers prefer to purchase several types of soft sided leather luggage only for stowing their camera equipment and accessories. This creates double the protection for their camera gear.

The occasional traveler is someone whose luggage looks as new today as it wills ten years from now. Why? Because they don’t use it very often. For these types of travelers, they can choose anything that’s on the market that suits their fashion choice or their price range.

Identify the type of traveler you are, and then buy the luggage that suits your lifestyle.