The official last weekend for summer getaways is here, and whether your plans are set or you're playing things by ear, there's a lot of travel to be had this Labor Day weekend. According to AAA, 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend (a 2.9 percent increase from last year) – that's a lot of people on the road and in the sky, and safety is always the number one priority.
If you're traveling alone this Labor Day weekend (or any other time, for that matter), or gathering with friends and family for a getaway, consider these important hotel safety tips:
When it comes to travel, we're all looking to save a dime. Thanks to travel websites like Expedia, Hotel Tonight, Hotels.com, Travelocity, and others, you can find a great deal on a hotel room at the last minute and head out of town for a much-needed getaway. But before you book that "last-minute" fare, consider your safety. A great deal on hotel room can certainly cushion you budget and allow you to spend more on meals, shopping or indulgences, but it won't matter if you're afraid to leave the hotel.
Before you book, make sure the hotel is hotel is a good neighborhood and close to tourist attractions. Download travel apps like "Around Me" and "Map My Run", both of which offer points of interest based on your location or address, and will give you a sense of how far your hotel is from populated areas.
Additionally, double-check with the hotel to ensure the following:
At the hotel
Accidents happen, even at the most luxurious hotels. Lost luggage, faulty guest room safes, and bad lighting are just a few of the very common things that can compromise your safety when you're at a hotel. Here are some safety tips to consider when you arrive your hotel:
hoosing the best – and safest – hotel room
Nothing says 'extraordinary' like a great view, and when you're on vacation, what better way to relax than in your grand king-sized hotel bed, cuddled up with your down duvets and pillows, and overlooking spectacular views of the city or beach destination. However, views aren't always the first thing to consider when choosing a hotel room.
While the higher floors have the best views, the lower floors have quicker access to the ground, which comes in handy in the event of an emergency. Remember: if there's a fire or natural disaster, the elevators are off limits. Ask for a room somewhere in the middle so you can enjoy the views, but also ensure you can get out fast if necessary. If you're staying at a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast with ground-floor guest rooms, ask to be placed on the second level. Rooms that are directly off parking lots or gardens offer easy access to thieves.
Hotels rooms near the elevators are generally the safest, but can also be the noisiest because of foot traffic. However, rooms that are in alcoves or at the corner might be quieter, but are also hidden, making it easier for thieves to gain access.
When you leave your hotel room, make sure you do the following to ensure your belongings are safe:
Readers: What are your best tips for hotel safety?