While traveling abroad, it is essential to be vigilant and aware of personal safety. What is surprising, however, that is many travelers are likely to overlook safety issues associated with accommodation instead of thinking about what could happen if they put themselves in danger.

1. Book a stay

Booking accommodation is the first step in safety checks, and usually, a person will look for a convenient or inexpensive hotel of the trip as their first choice, ignoring the safety of the area where the hotel is located.

The solution is to use the Street View service of Google Maps to roughly observe the business and environment on the outskirts of the hotel, finding out if there are near slums or many travelers in the vicinity of that area, and to determine whether to choose that area in order to reduce the risk of being robbed.

2. The arrival and check-in

When dragging your luggage from the airport to the city or in-between cities, you must be exhausted when you arrive at the hotel, but please focus! Be careful before you enter the room and sit in bed with a sigh of relief, don’t just relax in check-in, you need to avoid the theft of your luggage at any time. Don’t just casually put your credit card at the hotel counter or where others can see it,  technology nowadays takes the camera to quickly picture the card number and the security number on the back, and your credit card may be stolen.

Therefore, when the counter service staff return the credit card to you, put it in a wallet or in a safe place as fast as possible, to avoid giving the thieves a time to take advantage. About the accommodation floor requirements, it is recommended not to stay in the first-floor room, you can at least stay in the room above the second floor, and the ideal accommodation floor between the third floor and the six floor. Why say that? Because three floors higher than the first floor is enough, thieves will generally look for low-floor rooms to start, because it is more convenient to escape, so a floor that is a little bit higher can effectively reduce the chance of theft. While considering the danger of fire or an earthquake scape problem, three to six floors of height are enough to scape.

3. During your stay

When you arrive at your hotel room, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety. First, open the door and look around the room. Then close the door and check the toilets, wardrobes, and curtains to see if they are safe.

You can also ask the staff to accompany you to check the room. Verify that the door lock is working properly, don’t choose rooms that do not have a protective door lock, if you found a problem with the lock, find and ask the hotel workers to help you change the room immediately. Remember to lock the door while you sleep, and avoid the hotel’s internal stuff having a copy of your key or card, this is to avoid a burglary. If you are taking a shower in the evening, theft is prone at that time, because thieves hear the sound of water and may break into the room to steal while you are not aware.

Bring your flashlight or mobile phone to the bedside, if there are a fire or earthquake and other disasters, and there is a power outage, you can find an escape route in this unfamiliar building.

4. Leaving the room

When you leave the room, remember to put your valuable things safe in the hotel. Please have your passport and useful items with you; please remember that if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, as long as you have a passport and a credit card, you can go to the airport, buy a ticket home, so the passport can’t be lost at any circumstances. It is recommended to have two to three copies of your credit card, have one with you, one in your backpack and one in a suitcase, so that you can spread the risk of getting robbed and avoid putting all your eggs in one basket. If you lose your room key, please ask the hotel to help you arrange a new room, because there is no way you can determine if you will lose or forget something somewhere outside, and what you missed can be picked up by other people may also have a chance to run yourself into danger.

The above describes the problems often encountered in the accommodation; the next trip may wish to refer to these recommendations so that your residential safety can be more secure.

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