13May
Hate eating alone? TripLinks is here to help

Hate eating alone? TripLinks is here to help

There’s no doubt that the prospect of eating alone can be one of the most intimidating things about travelling on your own, whether you’re on a business trip or backpacking. Just Google “eating alone in public” and you will be greeted with a plethora of people offering advice on how to make it through a meal for a one. The fear of eating alone in public, or solomangarephobia (yes, there’s even a name for it) can be genuinely debilitating. We’ve heard countless stories from friends and family who’ve been sent away on business to wonderful new cities they may never normally get to visit, and who, after having spent all day enclosed inside an office or at a conference, wanted to get out, explore, and experience what the place has to offer, but didn't feel comfortable or...

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5May
Susi's first foray into guest blogging...

Susi's first foray into guest blogging...

I'm really pleased to have been invited to write a guest post on the Cochrane Community blog about my aspirations for TripLinks to improve the health & well-being of business travellers. Cochrane is "...a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. Cochrane contributors - 37,000 from more than 130 countries - work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields - medicine, health policy, research methodology, or consumer advocacy - and our groups are situated in some of the world's most respected academic and medical institutions." I've been working for, and in later years...

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14Apr
Airline Hand Baggage Allowances

Airline Hand Baggage Allowances

In my last post I wrote about the excruciating pain of losing your luggage, or more precisely the airline losing your luggage. One of the best solutions to this age old problem is to not trust the airline with you bag and carry it yourself. Packing hand baggage not only reduces the risk of your bag going missing in transit but it also means you don’t have to wait at the baggage return. Taking only hand baggage can be a bit of a ‘carry-on’ in itself. Airlines set strict limits on how much you can take into the cabin with you. I can understand. The overhead lockers aren’t massive and in the event of an emergency who wants the aisles blocked by giant suitcases? If you want to avoid checking bags in, it’s worth knowing how much you can carry on before you pack. So which airlines...

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12Apr
Lost luggage

Lost luggage

I was watching Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents the other day. I hadn’t seen it in years and could only vaguely remember the plot. If you haven’t seen it, Ben’s character Greg ‘Gaylord’ Focker travels to meet his girlfriend Pam’s family before proposing. From the outset, things go wrong when the airline loses his suitcase containing all his clothes and the engagement ring. It’s the stuff of travel nightmares…in fact I once had a dream where I had to give a presentation to the whole company in my pyjamas! I laughed out loud when Pam’s dad Jack (played by Robert De Niro) tells Greg that he should have taken his case as ‘carry-on’ rather than stowing it. When I started travelling for work, an older, wiser colleague once told me that the best way of avoiding this age...

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23Nov
The very essence of TripLinks!

The very essence of TripLinks!

TripLinks has a lot of cool little features: we've included different categories to inspire people to use it in different ways, like practising your Spanish with a real Spanish traveller on a business trip to your local town; using it to break the ice with the commuters you'd otherwise ignore every day on the train; or perhaps finding someone to go for a coffee during office hours to get out of the house - essential for all those people who work from home and don't see anyone all day! Great city, great bars, great beers...no company? But, the real essence of TripLinks, the reason we founded it, is for those travellers who find themselves at a loose end in a place where they don't know anyone. TripLinks is out now and free to download from the App Store and the Play Store....

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