Thursday, June 3, 2010

Volunteer Recognition - Traveling Super Stars!

I had the honor of traveling throughout Mexico in May with some spectacular PCMA members to talk about PCMA membership and trends in the meetings industry.

For this incredible dedication to PCMA and the industry I recognize:

Johnnie White, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Leigh Wintz, Soroptomists International of the Americas
Dean Martin, Microsoft
David Peckinpaugh, HelmsBriscoe
Gary Schirmacher, Experient

We didn't just hit one city - we traipsed the entire country. Starting in Cancun, traveling to Mexico City and finally in Cabo San Lucas...all over a four day period.

Many thanks to Jesus Aparicio, Eventia for his personal attention to making sure these events were all a resounding success.

I'll write more about the sessions that were presented - as that is worthy of its own stay tuned!

Travel Safely!

I travel a lot for my job. Not as much as some, but more than others...roughly 8-10 trips per year.

Many times I'm traveling by myself and for my entire career I have not had any concerns of "traveling alone."

A couple years ago one of my teenage nieces asked me if I didn't get scared being in a hotel by myself. She asked, "Aren't you afraid to stay in a hotel by yourself? Aren't you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?"

Seriously, I had never even thought about it like that...EVER!

BUT, it did make me pause and ask myself if I was being as safe as I could be. Was I doing everything I could to keep myself safe on the road. And so, like all travelers out there I was more vigilant about bolting the hotel door, using the in-room safe, etc.

This post is for all experienced travelers and those not so experienced - to give you the confidence to travel alone!

Basic tips for travel safety:
1. Secure your personal belongings at the airport
2. Lock and bolt your hotel room door
3. Take transportation from authorized areas only
4. Don't wear flashy jewlery or clothing - i.e. don't stand out in the crowd
5. Don't talk to seriously...I know you are not in grade school, but sometimes in our quest for being friendly we talk...just be cautious
6. While seeming paranoid (okay I might be!) - make sure your luggage gets in the cab at the airport
7. Use the in-room safe - it's easy to use and there for reason
8. Don't open the door for just anyone
9. Check fire exits and escape routes
10. Walk with confidence

Here are a few sites that also offer valuable tips:


I know we must all travel for business/pleasure - let's just be careful out there!

Did I miss some of yours? Please share your own safety tips with me.

- Christine