There’s a saying in the sub-aqua world: “plan the dive; dive the plan.”
By meticulously planning each stage of the dive, divers can avoid doing careless things like running out of air, or risking the loss of a dive buddy.
And it’s a motto well-suited to business travel. Plan well, and you can avoid putting yourself at risk.
In 2017, 58% of business trips were altered due to a security concern, and 46% of travelers, according to CWT’s Connected Traveler survey, said they were concerned about their safety.
With security warnings and natural disasters on the rise, the odds are that you will face unforeseen circumstances during a trip.
However, with focused execution, all that’s left is to take the plunge and stay positively buoyant.
Before you go
1. Information is power
Do your homework. Research as much as you can about the culture of your destination, and the risks you might encounter such as ticket scammers at a particular station.
2. Book smart
Use the services of your travel management company. This puts you on the radar so your company will be able to quickly locate and assist you in an emergency.
3. Make e-copies of your documents
Save your itinerary, passport, driving license, and visas. Apps like CWT To Go give you access to data, and come with speed dial assistance.
On the move
4. Know who is picking you up
If someone is collecting you from the airport, check the name of your driver in advance, and if you are unsure, call the person in charge of organizing your trip, to reconfirm.
5. Stay vigilant
Be attentive to your surroundings at all times. In the event of an incident, your phone can help you keep track of what is going on, so always carry a charger with you. And don’t forget your travel adaptor.
6. Your hotel room is your castle
Take precautionary measures at the hotel. Asking for two key cards will allow you to leave the light and TV on while you’re out, which can help to deter thieves. Another good precaution is to leave the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door. Once inside the room, keep doors and windows locked.
7. Stay zen
In case of an incident, stay calm. Try to take a direct evacuation route that goes in the opposite direction of the threat. Follow the orders of the emergency services and, as soon as you can, let your family and colleagues know that you’re OK.
Back at home
8. Write a review about the security at your hotel
Your observations can help other people, and even change the way that things are done.
Blog Author: Julian Walker, Head of External Market Communications and PR, Carlson Wagonlit Travel