Yes, you are going places! You are on your way to becoming that strong, independent woman everyone talks about these days. Recognition at work, check. Developing nerves of steel, check. Travelling for a business trip? You might have done this before, or it may be your first ever time, either way you’ll find this go-to list a time-saver.
Know where your meetings are scheduled and find female-friendly hotels in the locale. You may want to go for a cheaper hotel on the outskirts of the city, but don’t fall for this false economy, as you’ll be using a taxi to go everywhere and may end up paying the same, if not more.
Security comes first, and you want to be mentally at ease to perform your job well. If you are being collected from an airport or a railway station, make sure that the driver has the corresponding documents as anyone can write a name on a piece of cardboard. Make sure your hotel has a double locking door, and feel free to ask for an alternative if you are given a room at the end of the passageway. Also, remove your name tag after meetings. Consider taking door jammers and a bottle of pepper spray with you, just in case.
Sure, it is a business trip but that doesn’t mean you should lock yourself up in the hotel room because walls look the same pretty much everywhere. Savour local cuisine, socialise and connect with likeminded people. Make sure you dress accordingly, and don’t underestimate the power of a pair of pretty flats.
Embrace your business trip as an opportunity to grow and mature as a person. By being a little careful and observant, you can complete your task, enjoy the locale, and still have some free time on your hands.