The insights were collected as part of a Travel Risk Management survey of 674 travelers. The full survey examined travel buyers’ experiences creating and managing their organizations’ TRM programs, including measures that may improve the health, safety and security of business travelers on the road.
What women regularly worry about
Fifty percent (50%) of women surveyed worry most about violent crime such as sexual harassment, assault and kidnapping on work trips, but only 9% carry self-defense tools while traveling. Forty-four percent (44%) worry about public health emergencies, which could be the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where women feel the least safe
Sixty percent (60%) of women feel the least safe when walking the streets. Rounding out the top three least safe experiences are driving in unfamiliar locations (56%) and using public transportation (47%) or using taxis or ridesharing services (47%). Sixty-four percent (64%) of women surveyed avoid walking at night and 80% avoid carrying valuables.
Solutions for safety
Organizations should make sure travelers are aware of the company’s travel risk management policy and crisis response actions. Help alleviate travelers’ security concerns by offering travel security training that covers situational awareness, road travel safety and cultural etiquette, as well as pre-trip destination briefings and information.