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Monday, April 17, 2006

Travel Tips for the Business Woman

Women today travel constantly and all over the world. Most manage to successfully juggle a professional life with a private one. Statistics reveal that almost 50% of business travelers are women and the number continues to grow each day. Travel at short notice means being organized and ready to go. Be smart and plan well ahead.

  1. Keep on tab a list of baby sitters who would be willing to pitch in, even overnight if required. Keep a small book handy in which you jot down things like what the kids eat, their schedules, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, as well as numbers of the doctors and list of medications including known allergies.

  2. Keep a travel bag always packed and ready to go. Pack a combination of clothes so that they will tide you over irrespective of the weather at your destination. Wear easy to maintain and dark colored clothes on trips. They don't show stains, are wrinkle free and will drape well.

  3. It is wise to snack before a flight and to sleep during the flight. This way you will arrive at your destination refreshed. Be sure to drink plenty of bottled water during travel.

  4. Set up a schedule to call home at time zones that work for you and your loved ones. Make it a point to get mementoes for your family, baby sitter and others who pick up the slack while you're away.

  5. Put safety first. Always place a "do not disturb" sign on your hotel door and keep it locked with the safety latch secured. If you're still nervous, Keep your cell phone on and fully charged by you and carry protection in the form of pepper spray or an audible alarm.

  6. Avoid dark lanes and abandoned roads. Never talk to strangers or accept food or drink from someone you don't know. Never leave food or drink unattended. Be vigilant at all times.

  7. Choose a hotel with care. Stay at well established hotels or small inns and B&B where the proprietors are generally "family" people. Always e-mail and fax details of your staying arrangements and travel plans to your home as well as office.

  8. Carry important documents, money, traveler's checks, and passports in a money belt worn around your waist.

  9. Be confident and move around in groups. There's safety in numbers.

  10. If you should become ill, go to a state run hospital. Never to a private clinic.

  11. Arrange with your family to take appropriate action if you do not get in touch with them as planned.

  12. Avoid room service and eat in the hotel dining room. Never reveal details of where you come from or your travel plans to anyone.

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