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March 03, 2015

Around the World: Business Travel Tips for Women, from Women

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Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Arianna Huffington - these are just a few women executives leading the charge for some of the world's biggest businesses. As more women step into management and executive roles, so do the opportunities for business travel. While some of us have mastered the art, there are many more of us who are looking for tips to hone our skills on the road.

Traveling for business can be exciting. Not only does it offer a nice change of scenery, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore new places that you probably would not have had the chance to visit. However, after spending hours or days in meetings, it's also easy to get lost in the exhaustion of it all.

Today, we are sharing the first of our 2-part blog series featuring some of the best tips from women, specifically for women, on how to enhance the business travel experience.

 

Planning and Preparation

Planning and Preparation

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For some, planning and preparing for a trip can be daunting. Choosing the most cost-friendly and quality options for hotels and flights are no easy task.

Gina Stark from Gitana Blog offers, "Create an Excel sheet to track, manage and assure proper accrual of frequent flier miles and hotel credits, if you travel a lot”

"Use points programs whenever you can. Choose an airline and hotel chain and try to stay with it. Status can make a big difference when you travel frequently. You can get 1st class upgrades free upgrades to the premium rooms in my hotel. Every point counts. I can typically use my accrued points to pay for vacations!" - Mary Delaney, Technical Advisor

 

Packing

Packing

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The thought packing your life into a suitcase can be quite intimidating so WorldMate reached out to its community to learn tricks of the trade from other women.

"Pack clothes that don't need ironing. Fold shirts, skirts and sweaters in a normal way and then roll them up to prevent wrinkles. When you arrive at your destination, hang them up. Also, when travelling don't carry a large purse, use a small one that is worn with a strap under your clothes or worn under a jacket. All you need is ID, money, and ATM card. Travel light." – Karen Smith Willenberg, Government Administration Assistant

"If you're travelling through the UK/Europe the plastic bag you need to put your toiletries and make-up in is a lot smaller than they allow in the US - pack light or be prepared to throw items away at the airport. You can use a hairdryer to 'blow dry' the creases out of clothes if an iron isn't available." – Helen Ellis, WorldMate fan

"Never pack your carry on without makeup remover wipes, fuzzy socks, or sandals! Since I go standby a lot, you never know where you may end up throughout your trip, so you should be prepared for anything. Since I do wear glasses, I never rely on contact lenses for a flight. More often than not you'll end up sleeping anyway, and plus flights do strange things to your eyes (i.e. dryness, irritation)." – Katie Gidosh, WorldMate fan

"Try to fly in a day before or a day after, if possible. It's better to feel refreshed and ready to go, than rushed and grumpy. It will also give you some time to check out the area you are in and do a little sightseeing/relaxing." – Katka Lapelosova, Managing Editor, Matador Network

"Carryon and travel light. Any grooming or laundry you get done on the work trip is tax deductible. Order all of your own drinks and never let them leave your sight." – Tiffany McFarland, WorldMate fan

 

Safety

Safety

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Safety is an issue everywhere, especially if you’re traveling to somewhere unfamiliar. According to Kathleen Ameche, author of “The Woman Road Warrior,” 98% of women who have traveled for business have had their safety threatened. Here are some tips on how to make safety a priority while traveling.

"If you're traveling alone, make sure to have a system set up with someone you trust to let them know you are safe and doing well. For me, it's my mom. So I normally text her in the morning, afternoon and when I get back to where I am staying." – Jenna Richard, WorldMate fan

"Traveling to places like bars or clubs with a large group of co-workers is helpful, but really staying safe somewhere on business or vacation is the same -- be aware of your surroundings, the people you are with. Try to plan in advance how to get around, and which neighborhoods to avoid while there." – Katka Lapelosova, Managing Editor and Director of Social Media for Matador Network

 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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A research report conducted by SRI International for the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) recently found that healthier travel of all breeds will grow nine percent annually through 2017. With that said, there are increasingly more accommodation options available for women who are looking to make health and wellness a priority while they are out traveling. But staying at a wellness hotel isn’t enough. Here are tips for women who are looking to eat right, maintain a fitness schedule, and/or prioritize their overall wellbeing.

“Try to pick a hotel with a kitchen so that you’re still in charge of your meals. If that's not possible, use Yelp to find what healthy restaurants the city you’re traveling to has to offer. Not only that, most hotels have gyms that can help you stay on track with your workout schedule!" - Norma Aviles, Corporate Manager

"Traveling for business sometimes means a busy and hectic schedule. Good planning and a strong commitment to your health will help you adhere to your fitness routine. Ten minutes is all you need to get the blood pumping and metabolism going. Exercise can help your business meetings become more successful and sustain your energy levels" - Tammy Stokes, CEO & Founder, West Coast Workout, Lifestyle Fitness Studios

 

Business travel provides you with the exciting opportunity to work creatively in an environment unparalleled by the hours you spend at your own desk. So from planning to packing and safety to health and wellness, women traveling for business can be well-prepared for their next adventure by following the tips above.

Join us for our next blog post which will focus on how you can enhance the travel experience while you are at your destination - whether that’s mastering the local scene or meeting new people. Give WorldMate a try for your iPhone or Android.

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