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I don’t know how many of you DeltaPoints travelers are single women, but recently I have been making several reservations for single women traveling for business. Many are traveling alone for the first time and ask me for advice to do so successfully. I would like to pass on some of that wisdom to you as well. I am sure some of it sounds like common sense, but perhaps you will get at least one good tip for yourself or something you can share with your sister, wife, daughter or mom.
First. Stop telling total strangers you are traveling alone and do not know what you are doing. Come on ladies…I know I am your travel agent, but I hear you tell the same thing to the stranger in 19B, to the guy next to you at Starbucks and anyone else that will listen when you are nervous about your upcoming travel.
Stop talking about your trip details including the dates you will be gone on any Social Media. I have a client that was robbed twice, both times when she went on a cruise. Her excited teenager had a “cruise countdown” on Facebook.
Pack light because too many bags cause too many distractions. Remember, some airlines charge for carry on bags now, so this tip may save you some money.
Choose your purse carefully, not your cutest one or the one that matches your shoes. Carry one that you can wear across your body that will free up your hands if needed. One that closes securely and that you have streamlined to carry only the items you will be needing .
Explore transportation options ahead of time. Travel agents can help determine the safest choice and make the necessary arrangements. Perhaps there is no need to rent a car if your hotel offers free shuttle from the airport and to nearby attractions.
When you reserve a hotel room, use first initial/ last name. No one knows if T is for Tamara or Thomas.
Plan to arrive at your hotel if at all possible by mid afternoon. If you are unfamiliar with the area and determine you are not comfortable there you have daylight hours to change your accommodations to a place that is right for you.
Request your hotel room be assigned in more heavily trafficked areas. Do not accept ground-floor rooms that have easy access from outside.
Make sure all the doors and windows can be locked from the inside and can’t be opened from the outside with a key. You can even purchase a rubber door stopper that can be easily installed on an inward opening door.
When ordering room service early morning while getting ready or late in the evening, request that it be delivered by a female.
Avoid solitary situations.
Make two copies of important travel documents. One set for your trip, and one for friends/ family to keep at home that includes your flight itinerary and hotel address and phone number.
Be confident, be successful,
travel smart & please travel SAFE! – Tamara