Ms. Biz Shares
Top Travel Tips
your room number while traveling may seem obvious but it's
not. There are many ways an experienced con man, thief or
intruder can find out what floor and which room you are staying
in. Be aware of these facts and try (where possible) to adjust
protects her room number...
doesn't happen often in big hotel chains anymore but it still
happens. The front desk clerk calls your room number or floor
out loud when giving you the key. Refuse that room and explain
hotel keys that advertise your room number in bold letters.
Keep that key out of sight wherever possible.
who still write your room number in chalk on your suitcase.
an elevator a thief will watch to see which floor you choose.
If nobody else chooses your floor, make your selection only
at the last minute. Be suspicious of anybody who then gets
out when you do.
that clear-walled elevators alert others to the floor you
are stopping on.
Brobyn -- Market Development Officer,
Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Web Sites: http://www.doitcaribbean.com,
my books, the first commandment of solo travel is to be self-sufficient
with your luggage. Assume there will be at least one occasion
on your trip where you will have to lug your bags on your
own (just two weeks ago I found myself dragging a suitcase
over a snow bank to a waiting limo). Think of a worst case
scenario: you have to squeeze all your luggage with you into
a toilet cubicle. You have to take it up three flights of
stairs. You have to maneuver it along a gravel driveway. You
will soon convince yourself that packing light is the only
way to go. P.S. And remember, paper weighs a ton. If you find
yourself accumulating lots on your travels, consider Fedexing
it back to the office.
-- Manager, Corporate Communications, Signature
a solo woman business traveller, I pay a great deal of attention
to safety issues. These are top of my list...
carry a light in your purse which can be a small flashlight
or even a "press & hold-to-turn-on" keychain variety. It should
always be near your bed in hotels in case of blackout or emergencies.
It's also really handy to: light your way in dark driveways,
find a keyhole quickly and to locate that lost item under
seats of darkened theaters or airplanes.
your cell phone if you suddenly find that you are walking
in dark and deserted area. Call a friend while you locate
your car in a deserted parking area or pretend to chat with
someone while walking on a lonely, darkened street.
a change purse in addition to your wallet (which should always
be kept at the bottom of a zippered-up handbag and carried
close to your body). Keep small bills and change in this "decoy"
to use for small purchases at newsstands, buses, subways,
ask for a hotel room near the elevator and don't accept a
room down a long hallway. On elevators if you are alone and
someone suspicious gets on, get off. If you are embarrassed,
just pretend you forgot something.
lastly, this is not a safety issue but, it pays to carry a
blank envelope & stamps in your briefcase or purse. You can
always mail those favorite $50 tweezers or cuticle scissors
back to yourself in case airport security will not allow them
on board in your carry-on.
Gerber -- President of Lois Gerber
Tourism, PR & Marketing
trade shows, giving speeches or doing plant inspections means
that you are standing or walking for long periods of time.
Your feet will definitely be sore at the end of the day. By
now we all know that comfortable footwear is a must for women
on the go but how many women remember to pack soothing, cooling
foot creams or soaks. I don't leave home without mine. The
Body Shop sells a peppermint footsoak and leading estheticians
sell Gehwol products for fabulous foot wellness. I buy mine
at Axispa &
Salon in Toronto's Yorkville but a quick search on the
internet will locate these products close to where you live.
soothing foot creams...
-- Editor, Journeywoman.com
New York at rush hour it's often easier to just walk to your
appointments than to try to hail a cab or squeeze onto a bus.
You may find this is true in other cities as well. Brenda
Fine, a freelance writer from New York, offers this advice
if you're going to walk: Use some simple, low-cost camouflage
to blend into the scene. Carry valuables in a plastic bag
from a local supermarket and tote a local newspaper even if
you can't read a word of it.
does business in New York...
consult a city street map while walking. Know your directions,
or write them on a piece of paper. Watch where you're going:
Don't stare back at strangers, but don't keep your eyes down
all the time.
(Source: The Smart Woman's Guide to Business Travel,
author, Laurie Borman, Career Press (201-848-0310) ISBN: 1-56414-372-4(pbk).
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