Although most business travel destinations are safe places, it is always best to be prepared for any inconveniences.
Traveling safely is a fundamental prerogative for the travel manager who, during the organization phase, will certainly take all the necessary measures to ensure that employees do not have any problems. Although there are also situations that cannot be foreseen, thanks to some small measures there will be no worries, here they are in the following article.
Safe travel: what should the travel manager say before the trip?
When traveling for business, sometimes there are some inconveniences that, despite not putting at risk the safety of the traveler, can be annoying and affect the serenity of the trip. Most of these unpleasant situations occur simply because of moments of distraction or too much good faith towards strangers, so you can easily avoid them with a few small tricks to be put into practice before leaving, but also during the trip.
Here are some tips for safe travel on business trips.
- Trust is good, but...
Always be a bit suspicious and don't hurt, especially when you receive free service offers or gifts from suspicious people. Very common are street vendors who pretend to give a good luck bracelet, tying it to the wrist even before the traveler notices, and then ask for money in return. Or many times it happens that, by picking up at an ATM or buying a ticket for public transport, you approach a stranger offering help, and then claim a reward; or even, very common are the scams in taxis: in South America, for example, it happens that drivers pretend that the meter is broken and then ask for a disproportionate amount for the trade. Nothing dangerous, but it's very irritating to realize that you've been so easily cheated!
- Have the emergency numbers at hand
In a moment of distraction, your wallet may be stolen. In this case, the first thing to do is to block all the cards by calling the emergency numbers. In order not to waste time, it may be useful to have written in a safe place the appropriate numbers to contact to carry out this operation. In this way, in a few minutes the problem will be solved and the cards can not be used by anyone.
- Keeping an eye on valuables
Given that it is not advisable to travel with visibly very expensive jewellery or watches, business travellers often need to have their own laptop with them, for example. The advice is to always keep an eye on it, because even the safest backpack can be easily opened by the most experienced scammers. Alternatively, you can think of buying a padlock to be even quieter.
- Taking out insurance
Surely this is one of the aspects that the travel manager takes care of during the organization of the trip, but to verify that an insurance has been taken out for any theft is always a good thing. Knowing that you have guaranteed protection, you will be able to travel much more peacefully.
- Carefully assess flights
Before buying air tickets, it is good to check that those that seem to be low fares are really advantageous, considering not only the economic point of view. In fact, often the cheapest flights arrive at their destination in the evening or at night and maybe at airports far from the city center and this is certainly not the best solution from the point of view of personal safety. Moreover, in case it is necessary to modify the itinerary, it is always preferable to have behind you a solid group that supports the traveler while traveling.
- Also have cash
If they were to steal your wallet, it would be useful to have cash with you, so that you would not be left with nothing. The advice is to divide the banknotes in half and keep them in different places (maybe a part in the wallet and one in the trouser pocket or hidden in the suitcase). Another tip concerns mobile payments, which are certainly comfortable and effective.
- Attention to food and water
You don't have to be afraid to taste local foods when you are travelling, of course you need to have common sense and choose carefully the restaurants where you decide to have lunch or dinner. It is a good idea to prefer fully cooked food and eat peeled fruit. As far as water is concerned, it is always better to drink the water purchased in sealed bottles.
- Bringing basic medicines with you
If you are travelling abroad, it is always better to leave with your usual medication to avoid wasting time looking for a pharmacy or explaining the problem. Plasters (also for blisters!), disinfectant, an anti-inflammatory, an antibiotic and an antipyretic are essential, especially if the destination is outside Europe. A mineral salt and vitamin supplement may be useful if you are travelling to very hot places.
- Tell your family about your itinerary
Especially if you decide to extend your business trip to have some free time and visit the place, it is good to make sure that someone at home is aware of the planned route and accommodation. If anything happens, family members will have a reference to contact for information.
When you are travelling, there may be a risk of being stolen or cheated, but these situations can be easily handled, starting out aware and as informed as possible.
Surely the travel manager will have already thought of all the security rules to ensure the traveler a pleasant trip, but, once at the destination, it is always better to be careful and have an eye for personal items, especially if valuable, and when you are in very crowded places, such as airports, stations or subways.
Following these practical tips, you can enjoy your trip in complete serenity, perhaps even allowing yourself some free time to visit places and new cities.