Be Safe, No Matter Where You Are
People who find themselves traveling often, whether for business or leisure, are often at a disadvantage when it comes to personal safety. From a higher risk of being robbed or having your identity stolen to the likelihood of wandering into an unknown and unsafe part of town, executive travelers face several threats to their personal safety each and every time they travel.
For women, these threats are even greater, especially if you’re a woman who is traveling alone in a foreign city or, especially, a foreign country. It’s no secret that traveling alone requires women to take more precautions, do more research and generally have a better handle on their itineraries and locations than men. It isn’t fair by any means, but it is the world we live in, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re a woman anticipating a future trip as a solo corporate traveler, take a look at our list of safety tips to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.
Choose Your Hotel Wisely
Hotel location is imperative in the safety equation for females traveling alone. Just because you’re traveling for business doesn’t mean you should leave the selection of your hotel completely in the hands of your travel agent. Make sure that you’re in control of selecting the hotels location, after thorough research on the area, crime rates and the general crowdedness of the area. Choosing a hotel in a downtown location is actually a much safer bet for women traveling alone than choosing one of the more secluded hotels aimed at providing travelers with “peace of mind,” on the outskirts of the city. Be instrumental in the selection of your hotel, or better yet, handle that part of your trip yourself.
Choose Transportation You Can Trust
This may come as a surprise, but one of the most important precautions a woman can take in a foreign city or country is to have transportation that she can trust. If you’re a woman, you’ve probably experienced the discomfort of standing on a sidewalk, at any time of night, trying to hail a cab. If you can’t depend on your transportation to be available when and where you need it, your level of safety becomes compromised.
Whether you’re leaving a client meeting, a presentation or a cocktail bar after a long day of giving speeches or collaboration with your co-workers, chauffeured car service is the absolute safest bet for your transportation. A transportation company that is dedicated to providing customer service, satisfaction and punctuality is a far better choice for your safe transportation than public transit or cabs, especially in a foreign city. You’ll be familiar with your chauffeur and the company you’ve hired to drive you, so your safety is in your hands when you select the company you trust most to handle your transportation while traveling alone.
Plan Your Excursions
This is another way to take control of your trip and optimize your own safety. If you know all of the destinations you would like to visit during your trip and can plan the times and days accordingly, you’ll have much more control over where you’re at, who you are around and the times of your excursions. Having your schedule memorized, each additional trip planned and anticipated, you can avoid finding yourself in unknown places or situations around strange people; you’ll also be able to better inform your chauffeur of where to pick you up and at what times.
Safety is a very important part of productive travel; for female executives, safety while traveling alone is an even more vital part of having a good executive travel experience. Making a few alterations to your schedule and the way you travel while on your next lone trip for business can help you stay safe and focused.
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