Increasingly women are traveling alone, both
for business and pleasure. While statistics
are limited, an estimated 32 million single
American women traveled at least once in the
last year for business or pleasure, and a
third of them made tracks five times or
more, according to the Travel
list of tips from the American
Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
that can make single woman travel safer...
Know Before You Go. Learn
as much about the destination as possible,
especially when traveling to a foreign
country. An area's religious or cultural
beliefs can directly impact you, compelling
you to adapt your dress and demeanor to
comply with local customs. Also, what is
regarded as sexual harassment in one country
is part of the social fabric of another, so
avoid form-fitting or revealing clothing to
prevent unwanted attention.
Welcome to Hotel Safety.
Get to know the staff, who will be familiar
with guests and are able to more effectively
monitor who enters and exits the building.
Ask beforehand if a member of the staff will
be available to escort you to your room if
you arrive late at night. Ask for a room on
a higher floor near the elevator but away
from emergency exits, stairwells and any
renovation work. Never accept a room if the
clerk loudly calls out your name and room
While at the front desk, grab a card from
the counter with the hotel's name, address
and phone number on it, and keep this card
on you at all times. Once inside your room,
make sure the door has a peephole and a
deadbolt. If it doesn't, make sure you don't
open the door to someone you don't know.
Travel Documents. Make two
copies of important travel documents—one set
for the trip, and one for friends or family
to keep at home.
Packing Smart. Pack light
so you won't be weighed down and look
weighed down, both of which would make you
an ideal target for pickpockets. Avoid
expensive-looking baggage and clothing, lock
all suitcases and only use covered luggage
tags with your office address written on it
rather than your home. Carry only one credit
card, and don't keep all your money in one
transportation options available at your
destination ahead of time, especially if you
will be arriving late in the evening. Travel
agents can help determine the safest choice
and make the necessary arrangements. If
renting a car, carefully examine maps, write
out directions in advance and bring along a
cellular phone (and a GPS if you own one).
Know Your Surroundings.
Study a map of the area you will be
visiting. Learn as much as possible about
getting around the streets to avoid looking
like a lost tourist. Ask the concierge about
where—and, more importantly, where not—to
The Best Vacation Memories are Good Vacation
Memories. There may be safety in
numbers, but there is also safety in
knowledge. With some advance planning and
the advice of a professional travel agent,
your vacation or business trip can be safe,
hassle free and memorable.
courtesy of the American Society of Travel