Staying Connected and on the Move – Tools of the Trade

How to stay connected and travel between locations with the minimum of hassle is an essential aspect of working globally. Reliable email and phone access and the ability to access the files you need when you need them are just the beginning.

APEC Business Travel Card

As well as access to fast track diplomatic/APEC or air crew channels at selected airports, the APEC card allows accredited business people to obtain multiple short-term business visitor entry to participating economies of: Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China, The Philippines, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Be warned, the application process can take months, but is well worth it.

Access and security of data on the road

Being connected to a physical office space where all files are stored is becoming less of an issue for many global workers. We use a citrix system which means that all of our computers are empty and our software and desktop and files are ‘located’ on the internet and a remote server. The biggest challenge is remembering the 3 layers of passwords to get in. From a data security and risk management perspective, we suggest that traveling with all of your key files in a thumb drive is a high risk approach and best avoided. Thumb drives are simply too easy to lose.

The Essential Travel Connectivity Kit

Our travel kit includes: PDA with global roaming enabled, a laptop with wi-fi capability, connecting cable, USB hub, universal adaptor, cable for USB to mini USB, thumb drive for file transfers, wi-fi card (check for network coverage and global roaming capabilities before you sign up). We also recommend a Skype account for phone calls and or vision to home and family while on the road.   Happy travels!

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About the Author:

Tamerlaine Beasley is an expert who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces.She is a member of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural, Australia’s premier cross-cultural training and consultancy company.Tamerlaine’s keynote presentations, advisory services and training programs are described by clients as ‘transformational’ and ‘game changing’. Examples of her work include: coaching and advising business leaders in Australia and Asia; working with global teams to optimise performance; developing a framework for training and capability building through international partnerships for APEC; building local staff capacity at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; leading the development of diversity and inclusion programs for the Australian Public Service Commission and the Department of Defence.