NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it's the soothing sound of waves on the beach or the noisy exploration of new business opportunities, travel is back this year, as evidenced by six consecutive months of increasing airline revenues(1). And women are leading the way. Women now make 70 percent of all travel decisions and comprise more than half of all business travelers(2). With this leadership role, the inconveniences women deal with while traveling are on the rise as well.
A recent online survey of approximately 1,400 women conducted by the makers of GoGirl, a silicone device that allows women to go to the bathroom standing up, uncovered that finding adequate restrooms was the top travel inconvenience for women, followed by travel delays and navigating unfamiliar territory.
"As women take the lead in travel, our needs are beginning to be heard," says Sarah Dillon, avid traveler and president of GoGirl. "We don't have to settle for the travel hassles that we currently face – and the solutions fit into our purses."
The rapid integration of smart phone applications to plan itineraries, receive travel alerts and serve as boarding passes has put convenient decision-making at travelers' fingertips. And it's no different for finding adequate restrooms, with applications such as SitorSquat and Have2P, which locate public bathrooms close to your location.
While smart phones can help locate a lavatory, sometimes the most convenient restrooms aren't up to par – and sometimes there's no restroom at all. Posing a solution to these dilemmas are female urination devices, or products that enable women to go to the bathroom standing up where restrooms are unfit or nonexistent. Products of this kind have been widely used in Europe for years, but now the trend has hit the U.S. – with female travelers especially.
"An unexpected convenience, solutions like GoGirl are perfect for any bathroom emergency a woman can face. For travelers, there's no more worrying about what kind of bathroom you'll find or if you find one at all; for campers, there are no more soiled shoes. Even if you just want to avoid germs in places like gas stations and airports, there's a use for these products in almost any situation," says Dillon.
According to Chuck Weisbart, owner of It's in the Bag! travel store in Palm Desert, Calif., GoGirl is a go-to convenience items for women travelers.
"Many of our customers do a lot of third-world travel, or go on outdoor adventures while they're traveling," says Chuck. "Women love GoGirl for its convenience and practicality – it weighs nothing and takes up very little space when not in use, and it's one of those products that you'd give an arm and a leg for if you're in a situation where you need it."
So women, be prepared for the unexpected inconveniences during travels – because life's greatest adventure shouldn't be finding a restroom. For more information about GoGirl, visit www.go-girl.com
(1) CNNmoney.com (Through July 2010)
(2) The Pacific Asia Travel Association