Diversity Woman Magazine

WIN 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 49 By Sar a J. Welch B efore Sara Bratell, a Swed- ish journalist, traveled to Rio de Janeiro last summer for the 2016 Olympics, she and her team received an intensive, two-day training program in safety and security. "e class was led by a retired police of- ficer and a doctor who had served in sev- eral wars and catastrophes," says Bratell, who is an on-camera sports reporter for Eight Hints for Staying Safe While Traveling Abroad Expressen TV in Stockholm. "It included everything from how to stop a bleeding wound to how to act during a potential terrorist attack." Of course, most women traveling over- seas for work don't have access to any- thing similar to the kinds of resources Bratell did. Fortunately, most don't need to. Diversity Woman spoke to several ex- perts in international travel to get their best advice on staying safe while travel- ing abroad. Here's what they told us. Know before you go Some simple research beforehand on the places you're visiting can save you prob- lems once you're there. Find out about potential hot spots so you can avoid them, learn about local laws and customs, and memorize a few phrases in the local lan- guage so you can ask for help and talk to the police, if need be. Jill Groshek, vice president of underwriting with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection based in Ste- vens Point, Wisconsin, advises checking the US State Department website (travel. state.gov) for the most current travel warn- ings and alerts. Be prepared for potential health problems Groshek also recommends that all travel- ers refer to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention website (cdc.gov/ travel) for specific details about where they're going, such as what foods and beverages are safe to consume, recom- mended immunizations, and other travel health information. Depending on the country, some medications and other items you can easily find in any Ameri- can drugstore might not be available, so you should bring all the medications, toi- letries, and supplies you'll need for the whole trip, along with copies of any pre- scriptions. (Antidiarrhea remedies are a good idea, too.) In some countries (India, for example), it's best to avoid fresh pro- duce and drink only bottled water. And don't accept a drink from a stranger that you haven't seen being poured. Check out where you check in Stay safe in your hotel by choosing the right room, advises Janice Blochtein, di- rector of Kiai Viagens e Turismo, a travel agency in Porto Alegre, Brazil. If you have a choice, don't stay on the ground floor or in a room next to the stairs or elevator, or at the very end of the hallway. When re- turning to your room at night, be aware of any other people in the elevator; if you sense something is "off," wait for the per- son or persons to get off before you do, and then ask someone on staff to accom- pany you to your room. In the elevator, "don't necessarily assume you're safe with an unknown woman," Blochtein adds. Handy dos and don'ts for your next overseas business trip DW Life > Power Trip THINKSTOCKPHOTOS

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