If you travel for work, you know that the experience can be exciting, hectic and sometimes dangerous. With schedules jam-packed with meetings and barely enough time to eat, business travelers tend to prioritize fulfilling their work obligations over ensuring their safety. But neglecting your basic safety—especially while traveling for work in an unfamiliar city—can be perilous. Next time you are traveling for work, follow these simple tips to ensure your trip is both successful and safe:
- Only use licensed taxis. Using an unlicensed taxi can force you to pay an exorbitant rate and can threaten your safety. Only hail taxis from legitimate taxi companies.
- Guard your cellphone and keep it charged. In an unfamiliar city, your smartphone is your most important tool. Keep it charged and operational to ensure you can access the Internet and place calls in case of emergency.
- Follow basic safety precautions at your hotel. This includes requesting an upper-floor room with an interior entryway to deter anyone from breaking into your room. Also try to keep your room number and last name a secret to prevent someone from making fraudulent charges or gaining unauthorized access to your room.
- Be cautious when speaking with strangers. Refrain from being especially friendly and chatty with strangers—you may unknowingly disclose personal or sensitive information or become so comfortable that you do not realize your new “friend” just stole your wallet.
- Be cautious when drinking alcohol. After a long day of traveling for work, your impulse may be to have a few drinks to relax—but do not let a few drinks turn into many. Limiting your alcohol intake can help you avoid any legal or personal mishaps and can ensure you are rested and ready for the next day’s meetings.
- Only access legitimate Internet connections. Hackers can disguise phony connections as legitimate ones in public places and steal your sensitive data. Ask the facility’s employees to identify the official Wi-Fi connection for you.
- Create a business travel plan. Plan ahead to avoid any potential emergencies or unexpected setbacks. Include information such as your hotel reservation number, your flight data and your co-workers’ contact details in your travel plan.