April 2020 was an interesting moment to launch a travel podcast.
The world was coming to terms with lockdowns and travel restrictions. Business class seats flew empty. Hotel room minibars went untouched.
But underneath the apparent lull, something fascinating was happening: In home offices (and kitchen tables) around the world, travel managers, developers, finance leaders, risk advisors, and stakeholders throughout the corporate travel industry were hard at work.
How will we manage in the short term? What does this mean for the long term? How do we take care of our employees? How do we cut our losses and prepare for the future?
Open for Business: A Corporate T&E Podcast Powered by TripActions was launched in April 2020 to capture the conversations happening in real time. The TripActions team set out to create a positive, honest space where the many T&E topics on the minds of business travelers, corporate travel managers and finance, operations and HR leaders could be discussed freely.
Our guests were big-picture thinkers and decision-makers who shared unique perspectives and a specific depth of knowledge with our audience. While each and every episode is worth a listen (most are just 30 minutes long), for the sake of your holiday walks, we’re sharing the 5 most downloaded episodes:
Top 5 TripActions Podcast Episodes of 2020
Why Now is the Perfect Time to Modernize Your T&E Platform: Listen to Jonny Bryan, Chief of Staff at Unit4, talk through the enterprise’s decision to make the move to modern T&E management in the midst of the global pandemic, and how the situation awakened them to what was needed to really protect their travelers and control costs through their T&E program.
What Happens When Travel Stops: Take a step back in time and hear the advice that Caroline Strachan, Manager Partner at Festive Road, and Mira Rosenweig, Enterprise Customer Success Manager at TripActions, gave travel managers on how they can help prepare their organizations to get back to business and business travel safely.
Building a Culture of Health at Home & On the Road: The universal pause on travel gave the industry a unique opportunity to reassess its relationship to wellness on an individual and organizational level. Listen to wellness experts (and former road warriors) talk about the importance of physical and mental well-being on work, productivity, and health.
How Remote Companies Think About Business Travel: This conversation will be even more relevant in 2021. Listen to Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, and Job van der Voort, Founder and CEO of Remote, talk through the elevated role of business travel at a remote-first company and how distributed workforces will come together to fuel the in-person connections that enable employees to build relationships, close deals and drive growth in the future.
Driving Business Travel Continuity and Recovery: In this thrilling episode, we hear directly from Ilan Twig, co-founder and CTO at TripActions, and Rob Winters, Director of Data at TripActions, about how their teams tapped into the power of publicly-available data along with data proprietary to TripActions to build the product features and functionality that the industry needs to get back to business and travel safely and cost effectively.
Like what you’ve heard? Subscribe today to Open for Business: A Corporate T&E Podcast and you’ll be notified when the first episode of season two is released in January. Let’s go!