More women than ever are traveling for business. But when it comes to health and security, there’s a huge difference between women business travelers and their male colleagues. The bottom line is that women executives face greater obstacles, especially when traveling alone.
To remain safe and to help stay focused on the business at hand, female business travelers need to take extra safety precautions. The good news is that with careful planning, a bit of common sense and respect for societal differences, you can maximize your chances of having a safe and successful trip. Here are a few tips for female business travelers to keep in mind, both before and during a business trip.
Plan Ahead: Packing and Knowing Your Destination
Before leaving home, spend some time learning about your travel destination. Check out online maps to learn about safe and unsafe areas of your destination, as well as the location of the closest police departments, hospitals and fire stations. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in with that person every day while you’re away. And before you go, remember to enter your travel provider phone numbers in your mobile phone.
When it comes to packing, travel light and remember that carry-on is a more reliable way to go than checking your bags. Consider bringing a personal safety alarm, especially if you’re planning to go on a personal excursion or leaving your hotel for a walk or a run. Dress conservatively and bring a handbag (not a backpack) that can be worn across your body. And remember to pack these frequently overlooked items: a backup credit card and cash, a copy of your passport or driver’s license, a spare phone charger and wrinkle release spray.
Consider Your Hotel
Remember that you should always be fully aware of your surroundings, including at your hotel and in the area around it. Before you go, make sure that your hotel in a safe area, and confirm that it has a solid reputation and positive ratings. Once at the hotel, request two room keys or keycards — this helps hide the fact that you’re traveling solo. Keep your room keys in separate places in case one is lost or stolen. Make sure that your hotel has a concierge service — and use it! Use your room’s safe for your valuables and make use of your room’s locks in your room. Consider bringing a doorstop alarm as well. And when you go to your room, have your room key or keycard in hand.
Plan Your Excursions
Make a list of the things you want to do and see while at your destination, and then conduct in-depth research. This will help with you time management and reduce the chances of you ending up in an unfamiliar place or an unsafe situation. Book your ground transportation in advance and no matter whether you’re visiting a local attraction, going to the pharmacy or having a late-night dinner, consider using a reputable private car service or limousine service for business travel at your destination. By using this transportation method, you avoid getting lost or sharing a ride with a stranger, and you’re never left alone waiting for public transportation or a taxi. Instead, your chauffer will pick you up as promised, delivering you to your designated location safely.
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