Today women travel continuously and that too all over the world.
Most manage to successfully combine a professional life with a personal life. Statistics show that almost 50% of business travelers are women and this number is increasing every day. Traveling on short notice means making arrangements and getting ready to go. Be smart and plan ahead.
Here is some important points to keep in mind
1. Keep tabs on a list of babysitters who will be ready to pitch in throughout the night if need be. Keep a small book with you in which you can write down things like what the child eats, their schedule, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, as well as the number of doctors and a list of medications, including known allergies.
2. Regularly keep a travel bag packed and ready to go. Pack a combination of clothing so they can grab your attention regardless of the weather in your destination. Easy to maintain and wear dark colors on trips. They do not stain, are wrinkle-free, and will drape well.
3. Always eat light and avoid cooked foods, raw salads, and water as well as ice. It is also wise to have breakfast before the flight and try to sleep during the flight. In this way, you will reach your destination refreshed. Drink plenty of bottled water while traveling.
4. Set up a schedule for calling home in time zones that work for you and your loved ones. Make it a point to get souvenirs for your family members as well as babysitters and others who pick up Slack while you’re away. It shows them that you care.
5. Put security first always put a “do not disturb” sign-on
your hotel door and if panic strikes put a chair under the doorknob like they do in the movies. Keep your cell phone on at all times and fully charged and carry security in the form of pepper spray, alarm, or if you are trained and licensed small arms with its security. Police in most cities organizes training classes for women so that they can learn how to protect themselves and what to do in case of an emergency. Try and take the time to participate in these.
7. Avoid dark alleys and deserted streets. Never talk to an unknown person or accept food and drink from an unknown person. Never leave food and drink unattended during the journey. Be alert at all times.
8. Choose hotels carefully. Choose to stay in well-established hotels or small inns and B&Bs where the owners are usually family members. Always e-mail and fax the details of your accommodation arrangements and travel plans to your home and office.
9. Always carry necessary documents, money, traveler’s checks, and passport in a money belt worn around your waist.
10. Consistently act confident and move around in groups, there is always safety in numbers.
11. Go to the government hospital if unwell. Never in a private clinic.
12. Never travel with valuables like jewelry and always travel with a small flashlight and medical kit with you.
If you don’t contact them as planned then for security reasons make arrangements with your family to take appropriate action.
Avoid room service and eat in hotel dining rooms. Also, don’t share the details of where you came from or your travel plans.