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Five mistakes to avoid if you're travelling for business

You can save money by downloading travel apps before your trip and use them when you are on the hotel’s Wi-Fi

Five mistakes to avoid if you're travelling for business
Make the most of your business trip with these tips by travel website Holidayme.com.

1. Disregarding your phone plan

Before you head out of the country, hop online or call your service provider to buy data roaming and an international calling plan. If you do not want to use your phone while traveling abroad, make sure to turn off the option or risk a hefty bill.

You can also save by downloading travel apps before your trip and use them when you are on the hotel’s Wi-Fi.

2. Not double-checking your itinerary

Travelling between time zones or around the world can be confusing. That is why it always pays to make a list and check it twice. Go through your itinerary, confirm your airport, your connection times, and your plane tickets, including whether or not your name is spelled correctly on your documents. While you’re working your way through the list, confirm your reservations for everything from hotels, flights, trains and buses.

3. Over-scheduling

Many of us take ridiculously short business trips, meaning we have to cram a lot of meetings and work into an incredibly short time span.

To maximise your time, make sure you have a detailed itinerary that allows for ultimate productivity. Just make sure you leave some time to kick back and take a breather.

4. Forgetting to check your passport expiration

It is a no-brainer, but there is nothing quite like the panic that comes from booking a last-minute business trip and realising your passport is expired. Adding to the challenge is that some countries won’t allow you to visit within six months of your passport’s expiration date. In short, it never hurts to check your passport’s expiration date and, if necessary, renew it before your next trip.

5. Not preparing for jet lag

Jet lag is inevitable, but you can minimise it by sleeping on the plane at a time that would be appropriate for sleeping in the country of your destination. Taking a sleeping pill or herbal supplement to help you achieve restfulness on the flight.