It wasn’t all work travel. I did manage to sneak in another great weekend in New York City, one of my favorite cities to visit. Totally solo on this trip, after a rough start (four-hour flight delay), it turned out to be a lot of fun. The Tony Awards were live the Sunday night I was there. I got to see the winner of The Outstanding Actress in A Musical, Stephanie J Block, in “The Cher Show” on Broadway at the afternoon show, on the day she won the Tony! I also got to see a lot of folks walking to the awards when I stopped at the Rainbow Room for an after-show cocktail. Monday it rained and since Macy’s at Herald Square was just a few blocks away, I did some shopping. It also coincided with a big sale, so I got some great stuff at great prizes!
Even with my work trips, a lot of my travel is done solo, at least the flying, getting to the hotel and eating meals portion of my day. I recently came across a great link about how to stay safe as a woman traveling solo. It is at the end of the post.
Check it out for yourself or forward it to a woman in your life that might need it. While we are talking about being a solo woman traveler, I have three additional things that are critical from a convenience stand point that I have learned from my experiences and here they are:
A portable charger is an absolute necessity!
I have a RavPower portable charger I bought from Amazon for around $34.00. It is worth every penny! Trying to find working charging stations in airports has become a real treasure hunt. A four-hour flight delay and you could end up in a strange city with a dead phone and no way to even get an Uber. Plus, being able to have a working tablet on a six-hour flight is crucial to your sanity.
Carry a small purse
From a safety standpoint, you can manage a small purse a lot easier than a big one. Keeping it close to you to deter being robbed is difficult with a bag that holds your entire life. Speaking of carrying around your entire life, also not a good idea, especially if you are going to an urban setting. You also seem to fit in a little better and don’t have that, “I just got off the guided tour bus” look. The very first time I went to New York City, I noticed most women weren’t carrying a big bag. So just making that change, gave me more confidence to act like a New Yorker.
Bring zipper less dresses
This is one you don’t think about until you are in your hotel room, trying to get ready for dinner or an important business meeting and you realize you are going to have to walk downstairs to the concierge desk half naked. Try the dress on before you pack it and if you must ask a significant other to zip you up, it needs to stay home. I have gotten to the point where if I have to struggle to get it on in the dressing room, for whatever reason, it doesn’t get bought.
Traveling alone can be very empowering and a lot of fun, since you get to only consult YOU about you want to do. Make it convenient and safe and it can be a great experience.