Staying Productive on the Road – By Michael Vorel

by FeedFront Staff on October 6, 2009

There was a time when travel and work were not possible simultaneously. But now, with the help of portable gadgets, staying productive while on the road is a reality.

I learned how to rely on mobile technology more than ever this summer due to a family vacation, sandwiched by two business trips.

With various destinations in mind, I needed a small arsenal of gadgets to be fully mobile. Packing also needed to be kept light, so multi-use items were high on my list.

The item that best fits the bill is also my most trusted gadget – the Apple iPhone. I was able to answer emails, take pictures, update social media, listen to music, watch videos, hear podcasts, read Kindle books, and more.

With the addition of useful apps, I transformed the iPhone into a social media powerhouse, updating Twitter and Facebook status in seconds. No one was the wiser that I happened to be on a sailboat.

Just as effective in aiding in productivity is the MacBook Pro 15, which truly became my mobile office while traveling. Because I use a PC Desktop, I had to be creative in getting this all to jibe, and VMware Fusion was the key.

By installing Vista on the Mac I was able to utilize remote access software from GoToMyPC and a mobile broadband card from Verizon to login to my office computer. With two operating systems I had the ability to run either software. The best of both worlds!

After five days, my vacation was coming to an end, and it was time for my mobile office to hit the road. I hopped on an Amtrak train heading to New York City and opted to upgrade to business class for $20.

I found the upgrade essential in order to optimize the two hour travel time. I could setup my office on board, access my desktop in Tampa, and listen to Pandora Internet Radio.

While mingling at the show I was armed with two essential items; the Flip Cam HD for video interviews and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 digital camera. These gadgets enabled me to catch footage of the show and photograph the highlights.

I uploaded the pictures and edited the video with the help of the iMovie software on the Mac and was able to put it all on my blog right on the spot.

As the show wound down and my business card collection grew, I almost forgot to reserve my JetBlue seat. With a few clicks on my trusty iPhone, I secured that instantly. Having some time before boarding my flight in JFK, I made a video call to home via Skype to check in.

On the flight home, as I was kicking back enjoying my glass of Cabernet I was relieved knowing that although I had been out of the office for almost two weeks, business was running smoothly with the help of some handy gadgets.

Now if only I had those noise cancelling headphones.

Michael Vorel is President & Founder of an E-Commerce & Internet Marketing Consulting firm in Tampa, Florida and blogs on

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Arun Devan October 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

Fantastic article! Updated tools & techniques for the modern day ‘road warrior’. Thanks!

Michael Vorel October 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

Glad you enjoyed the article! I am always adding more gadgets to my site and welcome feedback.

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