Let’s be honest, business travel sucks, especially if you’re a woman.
Yeah, yeah we know, it’s 2016 and we should be all empowered and plucky and shouldn’t feel weird about eating alone or being ogled at a bar. But more often than not, we do feel weird about it. Most of the time we wish someone like us (read: cool, smart, funny, exhausted, not a creepy dude) would sit down next to us and expertly order a bourbon. Yes, sometimes when we get to our hotel after a long day of traveling and enduring missed connections, we just want to crawl into bed, catch up on email and watch reruns on HBO. And sometimes we’ve been traveling for days on end and the thought of one more night of HBO reruns and lukewarm room service food makes us want to throat punch the Marriott concierge.
Why do we accept lint-ridden granola bars from our purse pits, or whatever we can scrounge at the local convenience store as dinner when we are traveling alone for business? Why is room service, or the hotel bar the only solution with which we are universally comfortable? Why?
Because it’s just different for us.
When we walk into a crowded bar or restaurant alone, we immediately feel that spidey-sense engage. We scan the bar looking for the least threatening option near an open seat, or we apologetically smile at the hostess and say “table for one”, and then bury our heads in our phones in order to avoid eye contact. Occasionally if we are feeling bold, we pull out a real book and order a glass of wine, hoping the tables to our right and left aren’t staring.
Who’s with me on this? *queue inspirational music* Wouldn’t it be great if we embraced the awkward, instead of hiding from it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app just for us, that let us connect with one another while we travel for work so we can get out of our hotel rooms? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that let us find a running partner on our one night layover in NYC or someone with whom to try that new wine bar in Des Moines. Let’s unite over a shot of tequila and stories of bad layovers! Let’s share the awkward – and make it less so!
I created Go Jane Go because it’s just a little different for us traveling businesswomen. I hope you find it makes business travel a little easier, a little safer, a little better – maybe even something you look forward to!
Journey On, Janes. ✈️