50 Travel Safety Tips
Simple things that could save your life.
Choosing a Hotel
1. Smaller is smarter. You want the staff to be familiar with you and the other guests. The smaller the lobby, the more noticeable the loiterers.
2. Aim for a place in a busy part of town (neighborhood restaurants and late-night stores mean traffic, corporate offices and parking garages mean empty streets and tumbleweeds). Affluent residential areas tend to have more reliable transportation and a less threatening street crowd.
3. If you’re still concerned about the area, ask a female employee – not one in reservations – whether or not she feels it’s safe to walk around at night. (Call the restaurant, for instance.)
4. A reception and concierge desk near the entrance and/or the elevators is more likely to deter non-guest undesirables.
5. There should be privacy for guests checking in; nobody should be able to overhear a name, room number, or other personal information.
6. Room numbers should be written on the room key envelope, not told to you aloud or inscribed on the key. This way, anyone who picks up your lost key won’t have access to your room.
7. Look for a parking lot that’s well lit and secure. Find out if there’s valet parking . . . and if it will be available when you need it. Use it, even if it costs a little bit more.
8. Does the hotel gym have an attendant? Half-naked and alone in a hotel basement isn’t exactly where you want to find yourself.
9. The hotel should have sufficient staff to walk you to your room late at night. Inquire when you book and you’ll get an idea of how female-friendly the hotel is.