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The Only Guide You Need for Safe and Worry-Free Business Travel
Thibaut Leroux
22 Feb, 2018

Thibaut joined Booking.com in June 2016 after working for Business Travel Management companies such as HRS and Egencia. He has worked in different roles such as Payment Solution Specialist and Key Account Manager, managing, maintaining and improving global partnerships with CAC 40 corporations. As a frequent traveller, he believes that booking a business stay is all about removing complexity and opening up additional freedom and choice.

The Only Guide You Need for Safe and Worry-Free Business Travel

As business travellers are facing increasing risks, companies need to extend their duty of care adequately to ensure worry-free business travel. It means going above and beyond infrequent risk management seminars and pre-trip safety briefs. Safety awareness needs to become a mindset, and precaution measures must turn into habits.

Safety Awareness

You might have heard many stories about pickpockets in cities like Milan or road accidents in places like Chennai, but those incidents are just a part of the big picture. Travelling imposes three types of danger on business travellers:

  • Security risks
  • Health risks
  • Safety risks at the destination

While being on the road, travellers face various security threats by doing seemingly harmless activities that they do every day at home: getting on the internet, using a computer, withdrawing cash from an ATM or walking around with mobile devices and debit cards in the pocket. For example, when you connect to an open Wi-Fi network at an airport (instead of the highly secured one at your company), someone might try to get hold of your data to do illegal things without your consent.

Health risks range from extreme outbreaks to common illnesses, or merely the slipping away from healthy routines. The stress of travelling for work and the unfamiliarity with the destination could heighten the problems that business travellers have to endure.

Road accidents and petty crimes are the most common risks for business travellers at a destination. There are also threats as uncommon as natural disasters and political unrest and ones as common as cultural misunderstanding.  

Form the habit of taking precaution measurements

Awareness is the first step, but travellers often need guidance to arrive safely and leave successfully. The habit of taking precaution measurements can be built by turning each must-do into a list of small steps. By going through the list before travelling, you can make it a habit of being safe on the road.

Download  this guide to learn about all risks a business traveller might face. It includes multiple to-do lists that to help one prepare their best for every business trip.

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