Last updated: 11:30 AM ET, Mon February 08 2016

Business Casual: TripAside Saves Travelers From Languishing In Layover Hell

Business Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | February 08, 2016

Business Casual: TripAside Saves Travelers From Languishing In Layover Hell

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You can spend your layover waiting in the airport, constantly refreshing social media in the hopes you get a respite from the doldrums. Or, if you are just a bit adventurous, you can head on out the door and explore that layover city for a short amount of time.

Of course, time is at a premium, so you would need someone to pick you up and whisk you away to landmarks of note.

Enter TripAside, which is a service hoping to save you from so many wasted hours in the airport.

Now we usually utilize this Business Casual space to highlight a brief itinerary in myriad cities around the world like London and San Francisco.

This week it seemed apropos to shed a spotlight on TripAside, which does just that: brings the wonders of a city to travelers who are painfully short on time.

Essentially, TripAside dedicates itself to offering tours of various cities to those who might have an extended layover in one of a number of cities.

At the moment, the service is available in Paris, Frankfurt, London, Brussels, Rome and Madrid. Dubai and Lisbon are listed as coming soon.

A press release explains the service: “Passengers are collected straight from the international gate with transfers by car or train directly into their chosen city, for a guided tour of the top iconic destinations.”

Or, if you are a bit more adventurous, you can head out on your own with TripAside’s various maps.

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Pricing is as follows: “The D-I-Y option is priced at 35€ (about $39), with full-service transport options starting from 200€ (about $223).”

CEO and Founder Emmanuel Rozenblum explains via a press release: “Our walking tours guarantee peace of mind for the busy traveler, with the very best experience of a city, in a limited time. We realised we had something special when our TripAdvisor reviews reported a better experience on their layover than they had even had on their vacations.”

This is something that not only fits the demands of holiday travelers who want to fit in one more city into their vacation, but it’s also perfect for that corporate road warrior who might have just a day in a particular city.

The FAQ section on TripAside suggests about seven hours between flights to get a worthwhile experience.

If you do have the time, then you may just be able to squeeze an unforgettable experience during what would be an otherwise monotonous day at the airport.


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