If you're on a tight travel budget, sometimes you can't avoid staying at a cheap hotel in an undesirable location. No matter the reason, a few simple precautions can ensure your stay is as safe and comfortable as possible.
1Ask for a room on a lower floor, in case of fire. In the event of an emergency, you can simply walk outside or through the lobby rather than having to find the stairs in the dark. However, some may feel more safe in a room on a higher floor, which is further out of reach from burglars, if the area is a high crime zone.
8Bring any luggage you have with you into the room. Avoid leaving it locked in your car in the hotel parking lot.
- Always keep a flashlight by your bed or in your shoe. If fire breaks out, most lights go out. A flashlight may save your life by pointing you in the right direction.
- Portable latches are available to make sure your door locks. If you don't have one, bring along a simple plastic doorstop. It will keep anyone from entering your room.
- If your hotel is particularly downtrodden and you're a young woman on her own, look out for peepholes.
- Trust your instincts. If the hotel or hostel somehow feels unsafe, move on. There are plenty more.