Travelling isn't always as glamorous as it sounds. After a trip or two the novelty wears off and the long flights, boring car journeys and excessive waiting can take its toll. There's nothing worse than going into a meeting or conference feeling tired, hungry and irritable. If this sounds familiar, these tips may help.

Rent a Serviced Apartment

Serviced apartments can be hugely convenient and provide a much more homely atmosphere than a hotel. They're usually available with hi-speed Wi-Fi, office facilities, free parking, in-room washing and drying facilities, and a television as standard. Operators may also provide bespoke services such as airport transfers and meal plans – basically anything that'll make your stay more comfortable and efficient. With a serviced apartment you can get 4-5 star city accommodation at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hotel.

Sort Out Your Internet Connection

While most hotels will provide free Wi-Fi, it's rarely stable. Contact your mobile service provider and enquire about data roaming abroad. Most phone companies will give you a foreign data allowance for a small fee. This could prevent you from being lumbered with excessive data charges when your next bill comes through.

Prepare for the Airport

Most airports recommend arriving at least two hours in advance to go through security checks. Make sure you don't pack anything that you'll need on your flight at the bottom of your hand luggage case. 

Don't Drink Alcohol

It may be tempting to have a glass of wine or shot of whiskey on the flight to help you sleep; however, this will only make you drowsy when you arrive at your destination. This could reduce your productivity if you have a meeting straight after you arrive. In addition, avoid fatty foods that may decrease your energy levels. If you keep hydrated and eat good nutritious food, you shouldn't have a problem.

Take Two Plug Adapters

One for in your suitcase and one in your hand luggage. By taking two plugs you'll always have a spare if one gets lost in transit. Plug adapters are also easy to forget. There's nothing worse than having to walk around a new city looking for a store that sells them.

Plan in Advance

Of course this goes without saying, but you'll be surprised at how many people go on a business trip completely unprepared. Planning as early as possible and making a detailed checklist is the only way to genuinely ensure your travelling goes smoothly.

Stress can completely ruin your travels and make an otherwise pleasant experience a complete nightmare. It can also negatively impact your presence in meetings and conferences. Take these tips on board and there's no reason why your trip won't run smoothly.