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Whether we’re flying the Matildas to the World Cup, or a local muso to WOMAD, our job starts by researching which is the most appropriate airline, class of travel and departure/arrival times. When you need to perform at the highest level, prioritising departure times and routes is more than just looking at convenience. It’s also about choosing a route, especially for international travel, to limit disruption to a traveller’s circadian rhythms and sleep – and one that also helps them to maintain consistent meal patterns. We also try to build in a few days buffer, to allow for recovery time after the trip and to adjust to a new time zone.
Managing risk also comes into play for female itineraries – particularly for choice of accommodation and ground transport. Hotels or apartments need to be in ‘safe’ areas, with well-lit and secure access areas. Other considerations for accommodation and ground transport include -:
- VIP or non-public entrance ways
- 24-hour reception desk or front entry security
- Elevators with locked or secure floors
- Hotels or apartments with women only floors
- Accredited ground transport providers with female only drivers.
Prioritising wellbeing means athletes may need accommodation with self-servicing kitchen facilities to prepare meals for special dietary requirements, gyms or exercise rooms. Our long-stay apartment accommodation partners can provide spacious rooms, access to a gym and extra rooms for team therapists, including masseurs and physios to treat athletes and dancers during travel. Plus, an all-important laundry, for washing.
Other considerations for female athletes include travelling with medication (some countries have strict regulations around what you can and can’t travel with) and understanding local customs. For example, not adhering to local dress standards can make women the subject of unwanted attention and comments - or even intimidating behaviour.
When travelling for work, it’s natural to have a lot on your mind, especially when you need to arrive ready to perform. That’s why clients including the Matildas, Swimming Australia, The Australian Ballet and The Australian String Quartet trust us to provide the expert advice and support of a dedicated team who appreciate the nuances of female traveller wellbeing.
For more information contact Stage and Screen.
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