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8 Safety travel tips for business and career women

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“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” -Eudora Welty, novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner

Common knowledge about the dangers of the world has dictated society to believe that traveling is not something that all women should do. While we can never deny the fact that we are the ones most likely to be exposed to several threats that can affect our well-being while visiting unfamiliar places, we still have the right to explore the world after all. Especially on some occasions like being at work, traveling for business purposes can prompt a woman to leave her comfort zone and venture to the unknown. In these cases, preparation will always be the key.

If it’s your first time to travel in a faraway place for the purpose of practicing your profession, here are some of the best tips that can ensure your safety:

  1. Research your destination.

Researching about your destination prior to the day of the trip can provide you all the necessary information that you need to know about the place. Learning about its famous landmarks and culture does not only make things more interesting, but it can also give you a sense of security as well. Try to check out several travel websites and read the reviews of other people on the place. Figure out the areas to avoid, locations of public vehicles, hotels, and medical establishments.

  1. Avoid telling everyone about your trip if you’re traveling alone.

Traveling is a very exciting activity, and it’s pretty hard not to share your upcoming experiences with all the people you know. If you’re going alone to an international business trip, better to keep your mouth shut for a while. Aside from bringing your safety into jeopardy, getting too loud about your job-related task can be a violation of your company’s disclosure agreements. It may be totally fine to tell some of those closest to you, such as your family and some close friends. But be sure to avoid boasting about it on any of your social media platforms.

  1. Choose the best accommodations.

Once you arrived at the place, the next thing that you should do is to find the best accommodation. If your company hasn’t provided it yet, you will need to select one yourself. Choose a hotel that could provide excellent security record and if you were able to do research, somewhere that is highly regarded and recommended by other travelers. Fortunately, some hotels today are now offering floors that exclusive only for women. Be sure to take advantage of it in case you found one.

  1. Don’t trust random people right away.

Socializing with the locals can spice up your travel experience. But you should never give a chance especially for those con artists that have been known to befriend travelers and to rob their valuables afterward.

  1. Report any cases of harassment to the local police.

If by any means, you’ve found yourself getting harassed by someone, never hesitate to call the local authorities right away. Remember that you are a woman, and your rights are now widely acknowledged around the world. Never let someone on a foreign place mistreat you.

  1. Avail a travel insurance

Every experienced traveler, regardless of gender and age knows that travel insurance is one of the most basic staples. Travel insurance can save you from a lot of financial troubles such as canceled flights, lost luggage, accidents, medical expenses, and other losses inflicted while traveling. Better to ask your employer if your trip has a travel insurance program together with the list of its coverage. You can share your insurance details with a trusted family member.

  1. Learn basic self-defense

It may seem like a bit cliché, but self-defense can prove to be very handy at times when you least expect it. Harassments can become worst to the point that someone might want to give you physical harm, so when the situation calls for it, it’s highly vital for you to at least know the proper ways to defend yourself.

  1. Know how to prepare your valuables the right way

You must have a separate bag where you can fit most of your important items such as your camera, passport, jewelry, credit cards, smartphones and other gadgets. Never put your highly important things on your luggage hold while on a bus. You should also never put any of your expensive items on your checked luggage on a place. Leaving them accessible to you even for a short period of time can be pretty risky indeed.

Being aware of all the dangers associated with work-related trips shall never mean that you’re weak or someone that must be constantly protected by your male colleagues. It only means that you are a strong and independent woman capable of taking care of herself.


About Wallace Brown

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Wallace Brown is a writer at Hyryde

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