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Women have come a long way and made a name for themselves as important and influential people in business. They’re holding higher titles in jobs and even owning more businesses, and all of this means that they’re traveling more than usual.
Even though women have climbed the ladder and earned their job titles, there are still people out there who lurk on women as prey. Since more women are traveling for business, these creepers are relying on the unawareness of women who are new to the area and victimizing them in some way.
This is why it’s extremely important that women adequately prepare themselves for business trips by getting to know the area that they’ll be visiting, and online review sites can be a great resource.
Online review sites like TripAdvisor can give you reviews on the hotel you will be staying at. You can learn about amenities that the hotel has as well as if they offer shuttles from the airport, hotel security, a concierge or anything else that can be important to you stay. You can also use these sites to learn exactly where your hotel is located and if it’s in a decent and safe neighborhood. Make sure to read the reviews left by customers to learn about how safe the hotel seems or how nice of an area it’s located in. If any reviews make you think twice about staying, then you should probably find other accommodations.
You’ll have to eat while on your trip, so you may want to plan out the best restaurants to visit before you go. Again, you can look at the neighborhood the restaurants are located in. To be safe, it’s always a good idea to visit restaurants that are located in a very populated area. Make sure to read the reviews on the area of the restaurant as well as the staff and the hours. You don’t want to travel to a restaurant just to find out they’re closing. Plus, most online review sites, like Yelp, will even provide you with directions to the restaurant from your current location, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in a new town.
If you’re forced to use public transportation while on your business trip, it’s important that you know about it ahead of time. For example, if you’re not used to the area, you may not know that certain parts of New York’s subway could lead you to a not-so-friendly neighborhood. The same goes for the El train in Chicago. TripAdvisor can also provide you with reviews on public transportation in certain areas, so it’s a good idea to review this before your trip to help you get around safely.
As a woman, you’re proud to represent your company, but your safety is far more important. If you need to go on a business trip, make sure to use online review sites to help you learn more about the area and know how to keep yourself safe.
Lauren Williams is a businesswoman and frequently travels for business reasons. She likes to give tips to other women about safety while traveling. Lauren recently wrote about TripAdvisor tips for business travel.