Travelling alone is an astonishing and memorable experience. Doing solo travel and being completely responsible for everything will give you learnings about yourself that you didn’t even know before. Taking a trip on your own has so many perks, but you also need to be three times aware of your surroundings and safety in general, especially if you are a solo female traveller.
The last problem you want to think about while travelling the world on your own is hotel safety. This is just the flipside of solo travel. Women must keep in mind a set of basic guidelines when adventuring alone. A great place to begin is hotel safety. Wherever your destination, you’ll want a place to sleep, of course. Be extra careful and watchful when exploring new territory or using a peculiar establishment. Grand hotels in developed countries are normally fairly secure, but it never hurts to take more precautions.
Here are important tips you may want to consider for staying safe in hotels, hostels, and motels across the world.
Before anything else, do your homework first. Are there any crimes common in the area? Is there a terrorist threat? Are women and travellers constant targets? Remember, knowledge is power! Make sure you identify the complete extent of your situation before diving in and be certain to know more of the safety tips particular to your destination.
Don’t Announce Your Room Number
Never publicize or say your floor out loud. You don’t want everyone to know you’re alone, and that you’re in Room 2210. Although most hotel guests have the common sense to not say their room number, there are surprising instances where the hotel staff would say your room number out loud. If this happens and you think that others heard it, request another room and ask them to write the number down instead of saying it aloud.
Don’t feel bad when you do this. Remember to prioritize your safety. This also goes the same if you feel that someone is following you and now knows where your room and floor is located. Immediately ask to be moved to another room. Also, keep your voice low if you’re discussing your whereabouts on your cellphone.
Double Check Your Hotel Room
This is one of the rules of hotel room safety that every solo traveller should know. Have a fast sweep of your room to make sure nothing is wrong. Inspect under the bed, at the back of curtains, bathroom, closet, etc. You may leave the room door open, just in case you find anything you’ll want to make a run for it. Support it open with a chair or your bag.
Be Vigilant to Check-in Responses
When asked by the front desk how many keys you need, you can say two so anyone who may be listening has the idea that someone else is staying with you. Also, always have a prepared answer explaining that you are not alone if the hotel staff asks how many people are staying in the room.
Be Aware When Going to Your Room
This is pretty self-explanatory and an obvious safety travel tip for solo female travellers. You always need to be aware and alert especially when going to and from your hotel room. Be extra alert whenever you’re going to your hotel room to make sure no one is following you. If your instinct tells you that someone is watching you, take a different floor and never go to your room so they don’t know which room is yours. Just pretend that you forgot your key if you can’t think of an excuse to turn around.
Avoid Staying On the Ground Floor
One of the best safety hotel accommodation tips that every solo traveller should follow is to never stay on the ground floor or by an emergency exit. We recommend that you stay on the 3rd floor or higher. Don’t stay near the emergency exit or stairwell since it’s considered to be easy access for someone to hide.
Identify Where the Fire Exits Are Located
Most long-time solo travellers always look for the fire exits. It’s one of the things they do when they check-in. Look for the nearest fire exit from your room, and memorize the left and right turns. If there’s an emergency, most people can’t think straight. So once you arrived in your room, look at the fire escape plan on the back of the door. You can even take a photo of it with your phone.
Always Make Sure That Your Door Lock Works
Test if your door lock works. If you’ve found an old-fashioned key, just leave it in the lock when you sleep, but try to twist it sideways so no one can push it out and slip it back under the door. If for instance, the door won’t lock, you may put an item- like a heavy chair against it and balance something loud on it. Doing this will instantly wake you up if someone ever tries to get in. Also, a tiny rubber doorstop can be handy to keep people out.
Be Extra Careful at Parking Garages
If you have a car, use valet so you aren’t walking in a dimly lit garage by yourself. If you must use the garage and need to go to your car at night or you feel uncomfortable in the garage, ask the hotel for an employee or security guard to escort you to your car. Most importantly, always trust your instincts. If you feel that there’s something wrong with the hotel, which usually happens in lower end scales, then leave.
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s luxury hotels providing accommodation in Parramatta and a great historical Sydney experience for tourists. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.