When vacationing, the last thing you want to do is worry or have to deal with anything other than a good time, but in order to have a fun time, you must make sure the place you are staying in is safe. For the time being, your hotel room will be your home base and place where you keep everything you are travelling with, so if it is in a city or country you are unfamiliar with, it is important that you feel secure there.
The first step to having a safe hotel stay is to do your research before booking a room. You should see if the city or country is going through any hardships or unusual changes that would make it unsafe for tourists. You should also check to see if there are certain regions or cities that are known to be safer than others in one area. Look to see what type of neighborhood the hotel you want is in: the difference between a busy city location and a residential neighborhood can affect the security measures taken within the hotel.
Statistically, the safest rooms to book in a hotel are the rooms on the third through sixth floors. Hotel rooms on the ground floor and those closest to those are the easiest to break into.
After you do book your room and when you first arrive at the hotel, make sure you have access to a reliable telephone- either a cell phone or a landline. It is a good idea to get the emergency number for the area you are in (from the front desk) in case anything does happen, it is unlikely you will need it, but it’s always better to be prepared. It is also a useful to have a calling card so you can keep your family or friends back home updated on your travels and let them know you are safe. Checking in with someone from home on a regular basis is smart because then they will know to worry or to help if something does happen to you.
During your stay, always remember to lock your door. When you go out for the day or night make sure your shades are covering your windows and lock your windows and door. It is also a good idea to leave a light on and to put your “Do Not Disturb” sign on your doorknob to give the allusion that someone is in the room, which will deter someone from thinking about breaking in.
Lastly, if someone does knock on your door at night, ask them who it is and use your peephole to see what they look like. If they claim to be someone from the hotel staff, it is ok to call the front desk to make sure the person was sent there for authorized hotel purposes. Never open the door for a stranger, especially at night and if you are travelling alone.
These tips are intended on keeping you safe during your stay in a foreign city or country. Safety is one of the most important factors when travelling, but remember: enjoy your time, whether you are there for business or pleasure, do not forget to go sight seeing and embrace the culture of the area that you are visiting. Be open to new experiences, but also trust your gut. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable then leave, but if you are enjoying yourself then stay and have a good trip!