Travel Expert Reveals the Safest Rooms for Your Next Hotel Stay
As travel restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic are being lifted across the country and around the world more and more people are booking trips. That means slowly but surely the nation's roadways will be filling up with summer motorists complaining about the high cost of fuel and safety-conscious families looking for the best bargains on the safest hotel rooms.
Rising fuel prices we really can't do anything about. As long as the current Presidential administration continues to show blatant animosity toward the oil and gas industry it will be a struggle. Also, the geopolitical events in Russia and Ukraine are not helping fuel costs go down either.
Assuming you can afford to travel to your destination, what do you know about the safety of your hotel? I am sure you researched the property and found out about the swimming pool and the restaurants but did you consider your family's personal safety in selecting your accommodations?
Most of us don't. We just naturally assume that certain hotel properties are going to be safe. There are certainly some hotel chains that make us feel safer than others but travel experts suggest an outside threat might not be your biggest concern when choosing a hotel room.
Lloyd Figgins is the author of the Travel Survival Guide and in his writings, he has lamented that most people choose a hotel's view over a potential threat to their personal safety. Figgins was speaking mainly about what floor your hotel accommodations are on.
According to the Travel Survival Guide, the safest hotel rooms are located above the second floor but never higher than the fourth floor. The reason those rooms are the safest has to do with the threat of fire.
Figgins in his book says that most fire departments don't have ladders that can reach higher than four floors anyway. So, you might as well put yourself in a position to be rescued if necessary or at least close enough to the ground so you could walk out on your own.
Another factor Figgins relays is about saying your room number out loud. He says don't ever do that inside the hotel. The reason? Not everyone in the hotel lobby is a guest. It's a known hangout for ne'er do wells and when they hear your room number and see you in the bar, they know your room is unoccupied.
Just a few things to think about as we all get back to getting back on the road safely. Now, if your travels take you over the oceans, you might want to consider this information.
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