W: Nigel, what kind of mistakes do inexperienced travelers make?
M: The first mistake business travelers make is to take far too much luggage.
M: Remember, take only carry-on luggage, because at most airports, you can get away with two small bags.
W: Oh, I see.
M: Another mistake people make is to think that you have to pay full price for air tickets. You should find out about the different ticket options.
M: For example, an RTW fare can save up to 40% on normal fare.
W: Excuse me, what is RTW?
M: Round the World. For example, if you're going to Australia from the USA, you could go out via Singapore, and come back via North America.
M: And another way to save money is to see if the ticket to a destination beyond is cheaper.
M: For example, a ticket from Amsterdam from London to New York may be cheaper than one straight from London to New York.
W: Oh, that's very useful information.
M: And another mistake is to go away for too long. Most people's efficiency and energy start to fall off after two weeks away.
M: So my advice is "Keep your trip short", only go for two weeks and never for a longer than three.
M: Another point is "Don't expect everything to go according to plan". You need to learn to expect the unexpected.
M: There may be a typhoon in summer or your taxi may break down on the way to the airport.
M: In other words, don't be optimistic about plans and don't schedule important meetings too closely together.
M: You need to allow time for delays and break-downs.
W: Yeah, this is something travelers have to remember when they plan their trips.
M: And another thing, get to know a good travel agent and make sure he gives you the best possible service.
M: Take discounts for example, a good travel agent can get first-class ticket for the price of business-class.
M: This is because he does enough volume of business and he can get discounts with airlines on his own behalf.
M: He should pass them on to you. So make sure he indeed does.
W: I think the worst part of a trip is having to travel overnight or being stuck for a weekend in some dreadful place.
W: Are there any ways avoiding that?
M: Yes. We can break or stop over in a more relaxing or lively place. It's often available at special cheap weekend rate.
M: Various airlines and hotel chains offer these. And it's always more pleasant to stay a night in a hotel than on a plane even if you travel business-class.
W: Yes. OK, thank you, Nigel, for all the useful information and advice.