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Travel Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Plan ahead & stay safe

Staying safe while traveling takes preparation and thoughtfulness - especially for women. I like to think most people are well-meaning and want to help, but safety while traveling isn't a game of chance.  

Travel Safety for WomenTravel Safety for WomenThe Biz Chicks recently invited me to talk on their blog talk radio show about how I stay safe while traveling. Business travel is a big part of my life and safety plays a starring role in almost every travel decision I make. Many of my safety tips come from personal experience but some come from thinking through worst case scenarios - and doing my best to avoid them.

Feel free to use these tips as your own and add to the list in the comments section. The more we share, the safer we'll all be - and that means we'll have more fun traveling!

Traveling to your destination

  • Use covered luggage tags (so information isn't easily accessible) and use a business card - not your personal home information.
  • Pay your taxi fare, put your wallet away andReady for Travel
    Ready for Travel
    close your bag before exiting the vehicle.
  • If you need to put your carry-on bag on the floor (in the restroom, at a restaurant, etc.) loop the handle around your ankle.
  • Use airport-approved transportation - not unmarked taxis.
  • If you're not sure where to go, find a uniformed attendant to help.

Arriving at the hotel

  • Be memorable to hotel staff. Address people by name and go out of your way to be friendly and ask questions. If you run into trouble, you want people recognize you and be willing to help.Safety First
    Safety First
  • When checking in, request a room on an upper floor, away from the street, catwalks and terraces.
  • Ask for a room near the elevator so there's no need to walk down a long corridor alone.
  • If arriving late at night, ask for an escort to your room.
  • When waiting for the elevator, stand with your back facing the wall so you can step back and push all the buttons at once if threatened.

In your room

  • Never use the "Please make up room," sign - it's an open invitation to thieves. Call housekeeping and let them know the room is ready for cleaning.
  • Put expensive clothing on hangers under other clothes. Thieves "shop" when they're looting a room and may not look too closely at the closet.
  • Lock valuables in the safe at the front desk - not the one in your room.
  • If you're room is broken into, notify the front desk immediately. Many hotel robberies are committed by staff and can often be solved with quick action.

Around town

  • Ask the concierge about dangerous areas of town and safety after dark.
  • Take a map, your cell phone and identification with you wherever you go - even if it's for an early morning run.
  • Pickpockets strike when you're pre-occupied. BeStaying Safe while Traveling
    Staying Safe while Traveling
    mindful of your belongings getting on and off subways and trains, on the stairs or escalators and when talking on your phone or looking at a map.
  • Carry a small amount of money and only one credit card - leave the rest at the hotel.
  • Have small bills ready for gratuities so you're not hunting through your bag or wallet or pulling out a wad of bills.
  • If you're lost, think before you ask for directions. Approaching a couple or family is safer than a man walking alone (sex offenders rarely look scary). Begin with, "I'm meeting a friend and can't find...."
  • If you are attacked, yell "Fire" not "Help." Studies show people respond to fire quicker than a call for help.

Staying safe while traveling is mostly about common sense - with a few good ideas thrown in. Do you have travel safety tips? Share them below!

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Safety first! Whenever I go, I always bring a pepper spray plus keep my phone within grasp in case of emergencies. Nice article, bdw.

When I travel to big cities, I like to use a purse that actually zips closed, not buttons, snaps, etc. Gives me a little more peace of mind when I swing it over my shoulder, as I'm not constantly worrying if a pickpocket's hand quickly slipped in.

Great article... There are so many dangers out there for us to consider, we need to just be smart and be aware of our surroundings. Chances are nothing will ever happen to us, and we use our fears as a hindered for trying new things and going new places. There are things in here, that I have never considered!

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