From the sidelines: how about a sustainable travel program?

From the sidelines: how about a sustainable travel program?

You must have grown tired of all those corona discussions by now. Will travel return to the pre-COVID-19 level? Is it a W or V shape? Domestic travel in China is almost at the pre-pandemic level, but European flight occupancy is starting to slide. Breathe in, breathe out. In the past few months, we’ve talked…

From airplanes to Zoom: how to connect in times of disconnection

I enjoy the sound of a plane’s roaring engines during takeoff. The pilot’s occasional updates while I’m reading the latest edition of The Best American Short Stories. The view of a fairylike, miniature city from the window. I love so-so airplane food. Turbulence while typing on my laptop. Small children who go through a roller…

How to approach the return of travel: why not cut it in half?

How to approach the return of travel: why not cut it in half?

Recently, I asked one of Roadmap’s customer about her objectives for the coming years. She smiled and told me she didn’t have any yet. Her original goals had been to cut cost, travel less, conduct more online meetings, double down on working from home, and reduce her company’s CO2 emissions. Sounds like a five-year plan,…

From traveler centric to traveler safety: restarting business travel in times of corona

The summer holidays are knocking on our doors, and Europe is opening up. Italy, Greece, Spain, and France are allowing a number of people to cross their borders again. So, we can go to the beach and have a beer. Like I’ve shared before, I love going to restaurants, bars, and big (sports) events. But…

Roadmap participates in hackathon: team hacking time!

Roadmap participates in hackathon: team hacking time!

Last weekend, a team of smart, driven Roadmappers participated in the Trave/Scrum Global Travel Hackathon. Together with my co-workers Patrick, Niels, Micha, Sheruela, and Glenn, I went on a mission to empower business travelers to get back on the road. Find out what happened! Remote: different concept, same adrenaline I’ll be honest with you. I…

Back on the train and in the office: what's it like?

Back on the train and in the office: what’s it like?

I jumped on the train, wearing a face mask like I was supposed to. There were a few reasons why I went to the office. First and foremost, we are in the travel industry, so I need to put my money where my mouth is. And let’s be honest – a train ride is far…