It is very common today for business owners, as well as employees, to frequently move about and be on business trips. Most of these trips are often to foreign countries, but sometimes, certain mistakes can easily detract from the overall experience of the trip. Below are some of these mistakes:
Planning everything at the last minute – one of the biggest mistakes any business traveller can make is to plan everything at the last minute. A business trip requires a lot of preparation, and to make all of this within a day – or worse, within a few hours, is to basically create a recipe for failure. You will be busy enough with your business meetings and work, so you certainly do not want to show up at your destination to find that there is no Hong Kong car rental or that your hotel has no free rooms available for the night! Make sure to book and make appointments for every little thing you will be needing during your time abroad – this also includes valuable but easily forgettable things like a data plan and carrier!
Not preparing travel routines – again, your business trip is bound to be overflowing with your work schedule, so it is of utmost importance that you get to each and every meeting on time. And the worst way to ensure this is to not be sure of where exactly you need to go until you get into your taxi or airport transfers Make sure to properly note down and mark travel destinations – including them in your calendar of the smartphone is a good idea. This will ensure that you can quickly pull out a map service and find out where your travel destination is.
Forgetting to check visa and immigration requirements – if you tend to travel to Europe or America and are the resident of one of these regions, it is common to not pay too much attention to visa-related documentation. Visa-free travel and modest documentations are enforced in these countries to promote trade and economic growth, hence the reason why you can travel freely. However, the case is not so when it comes to many other regions of the world – especially the Middle East. Always make sure to check the specific country’s visa requirements with regards to your nationality before boarding your flight.
Not learning the basics of the local language – whilst English is the global language today, there still remain plenty of countries where English is not readily understood. In order to avoid a break down in communications, make an effort to learn at least basic level words and phrases to get you around – especially if you are planning to dine out (and not at the hotel) or use public transport.