5 Things That Every Business Traveler Can Relate To

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Business travel: one of the most glamorized yet misunderstood aspects of a young professional’s life. Those who don’t do it, want to, and those who do, just want to get a quality night’s sleep again.

If you travel a lot for work and think you’re alone in your struggles, check out these 5 things that we think every business traveler can relate to.

1. Inevitable flight problems & delays

We’ve all been there. You get to the gate an hour early only to find that your flight has been delayed for another six hours due to maintenance, weather or some other random reason. Business travelers have become pros at rolling with the punches and killing time in the airport (or perhaps they’re just good at finding and posting up at the nearest airport bars…).

Pro tip: Invest in a travel pillow so that you can catch some shut-eye while waiting for your delayed flight. Better yet, see if the airport has any flight lounges or other places for business travelers to lay down.

2. Staying active becomes that much harder

Exercising is a great way to blow off stress from a long workday, but often times hotel workout facilities are cramped and underwhelming. An early morning jog in a nearby park or a fun weekend excursion would theoretically be great, if you have time between preparing for meetings and calling family members back home.

Pro tip: If your office is close to your hotel and the weather permits, try walking to work! The fresh air will clear your head and kickstart your day with endorphins.

3. New cities don’t always mean new adventures

Like all travel, business travel can be exhilarating as you explore new places around the world. In reality, though, this often translates into taking refuge in the comfort of a familiar hotel lobby because the unfamiliar surroundings of a new city coupled with general travel exhaustion can get overwhelming.

Pro tip: If you’re in a new city for the weekend, use your meals as opportunities for mini-adventures. Rather than ordering room service at your hotel, try to find new cafes and restaurants in different neighborhoods around the city.

4. Fast, reliable WiFi is gold

When you’re on the road, reliable WiFi becomes a necessity. Checking important work email, navigating a new city and reviewing reservations on-the-go all require quality Internet access, and sometimes cellular data just doesn’t cut it.

Pro tip: Use WiFire on your next trip so you no longer have to ask your waiter or barista that dreaded question: “Uh… What’s the WiFi password?”

5. Expense tracking is deceptively tricky

Don’t worry: that steak dinner and $30 Uber can be “expensed” to the company! If you actually remember to save the receipts and file a reimbursement report, that is… Keeping track of every little thing you spend, from food to transportation to random travel expenses, can be difficult if you’re not disciplined, so lots of expenses tend to fall through the cracks.

Pro tip: Splitting bills can also be a struggle while dining out. Try apps like Splitwise to make this quick and easy, even for the most complicated of bills.

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.

7 Places in Bangalore where You Wouldn’t Expect Free WiFi

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As India’s growing IT hub, it’s no surprise that Bangalore offers a growing number of free public WiFi hotspots. From Kempegowda International Airport to various restaurants and coffeeshops around the city, both tourists and locals have plenty of opportunities to stay connected while in “The Silicon Valley of India.”

However, outside of the popular WiFi cafes and coworking spaces, there are also several free hotspots in surprising places. Check out our list of 7 places around Bangalore where you wouldn’t expect to find free WiFi, and enjoy these hidden gems next time you’re out and about in the city.

1. Fast food restaurants – Next time you’re at KFC or McDonald’s to get your fix of fast food, take advantage of their free WiFi as well! In fact, both franchises offer free public hotspots to customers at all of their locations across India. Not bad!

2. Cabs – Both Ola and Uber have begun offering free WiFi in several of their cabs across Bangalore as they compete to provide the best on-demand transportation experiences. Ola, for instance, allows users to connect without needing to log in after completing a one-time authentication on their phones during their first connection.

3. KSRTC bus station – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) began offering free WiFi at 13 of its largest bus stations across the state, including the Bangalore station. The connection lasts for either one hour or 100 MB of usage, whichever comes first. An excellent way to pass time while waiting to catch a bus!

4. Brewpubs – In addition to serving up delicious craft beer, many of the city’s popular brewpubs like Toit and Arbor offer reliable, free WiFi to their patrons. With great ambiance, ample seating and fast WiFi, many of Bangalore’s brewpubs are surprisingly great places to work remotely during the day — especially if you’d like to reward yourself with an afternoon beer (or two).

5. Chinnaswamy Stadium – Cricket fans, you’re in luck! Chinnaswamy Stadium now offers free WiFi to fans throughout the entire stadium. You can look up stats, check email or Instagram from the match without burning through your mobile data!

6. Malls – Bangaloreans can enjoy complimentary WiFi as they shop at many of the city’s malls, from Orion Mall in Malleshwaram to Phoenix Market City in Whitefield. Shop til’ you drop and, if you can’t find something in-store, order it from FlipKart right then and there.

7. Ice cream parlors – Wind down after dinner with a decadent ice cream sundae… and some good ‘ol free WiFi. Several ice cream shops across Bangalore such as Berry’d Alive, Stoner and Cream Stone have begun offering the complimentary service to ice cream lovers as the cherry on top of their visit.

Download WiFire and connect to these public hotspots across Bangalore with a single tap—no need to fumble over one-time-passwords (OTPs) at Chinnaswamy or ask for the network password while ordering ice cream. Enjoy!

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.

How to Connect to Free WiFi at Mumbai Train Stations

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There’s good news for Mumbaikars looking to stay connected on their morning commute! The ambitious collaboration between Google and RailTel will soon be expanding its free WiFi from the inaugural location at Mumbai Central to several other key stations around the metro area.

Stations including CST, Bandra terminus, Thane, Vashi, Dadar, Kalyan, Kurla, Borivali, Churchgate and Panvel will be rolling out complimentary high-speed WiFi shortly, reports say. Users will be able to enjoy free WiFi for up to an hour, after which they will be charged to keep using the service.

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Top 5 New Ways to Connect to Free WiFi On-the-Go in India

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Over the past few months, India has seen an influx of free WiFi hotspots pop up in hopes of improving WiFi accessibility for the country’s increasingly plugged-in population. In light of these recent developments, here is our list of the Top 5 ways to connect to free WiFi while on-the-go in India.

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Connecting to public WiFi typically vs. with WiFire

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Connecting to public WiFi hotspots can be a hassle. You need to open up the network’s web form, enter your phone number, wait for the one-time-password (OTP), and then enter that OTP in order to get online. Along the way, you may encounter sluggish page loads, accidental typos and more.

With WiFire, we take care of the process so you don’t have to. Check out our video below:

Save time connecting to free WiFi hotspots with the WiFire app… so that you have more time for what actually matters.

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.