Travel Safety: Lodging

Your next biggest concern when it comes to personal safety on the road is lodging. Of course, if you’re staying with friends or relatives and you feel like it’s a safe part of town, that’s great, and you’ll save lots of money. Often times though, you’ll be staying at a hotel or motel, especially if you’re attending a convention or you’re on a business trip. There are all kinds of particular safety concerns you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing and staying at a hotel or motel. One good rule of thumb is that, generally speaking, a more expensive place is usually safer than a less expensive place. It’s not always true, and there are lots of exceptions, but that’s the general rule. Don’t misunderstand – there are lots of lower-priced and medium-priced motels and hotels that are just fine, and the vast majority of people who stay in them never have any problems. By no means are we suggesting that five star hotels are the only acceptable and safe accommodations. The more expensive places not only tend to have nicer furnishings and better amenities, but they also tend to have more security features, such as safer and stronger doors, locks and windows, as well as more and better trained hospitality and security personnel.

These are very important when it comes to your personal safety. We mention this not to get you to spend unnecessary money while traveling, but to help you plan ahead for trips. If you’re already familiar with the area you’ll be visiting, or you won’t be making lodging arrangements until you get there, then you can inspect the different facilities yourself and use your best judgment as to which place is the safest one to stay. But many times this is not the case, and people have to make hotel reservations long before they’ve arrived. If that’s the case in your travel situation, then you should keep this principle in mind while considering and booking your lodging. Another thing to keep in mind is that hotels tend to be safer than motels. The room entrances are usually on the inside in hotels, as opposed to entering your room directly from the sidewalk or balcony, as is the case with most motels. Hotels also tend to attract more affluent customers, and so they’re expected to have much better security. One way of increasing your personal safety while traveling on a budget is to use websites like Priceline and Orbitz. These are two of the best known discount travel sites, but there are literally hundreds of others and you should check some of them out. You can get incredible discounts on superb hotels by booking through these websites. It’s quite possible that you could stay in a four- or five-star hotel for the same price you would’ve paid for a run-of-the-mill motel. In addition, many of these sites not only give you a virtual tour of the room and the building, they also can give you information about the area around the hotel.

SHORTCUTS TO TRAVEL SAFETY ARTICLES:

Travel Safety And General Nuisances
Travel Safety And Getting Ripped Off
Travel Safety And Going Off The Beaten Path
Travel Safety And Skiing And Snowboarding Safety
Travel Safety And Your Home
Travel Safety And Your Valuables
Personal Safety While Traveling
Travel Safety: The Car
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Cell Phone
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Global Positioning System
Travel Safety: Lodging
Travel Safety: Safety in the Hotel
Hotel Safety: Elevators and Stairwells
Tips for Safe International Travel
Utilizing News Sources to Stay Informed