Women and travel: Learn how to stay safe

February 26, 2008 1:10:35 PM PST
Keeping safe should always be a top priority, especially when traveling. Elizabeth Grillos gives important safety tips every woman should know.

Safety Tips:

  • When traveling alone, always try to make a point of arriving at your destination in the daylight hours.
  • When making reservations in a hotel, always ask if the hotel has electronic lock system. Also ask if there is a deadbolt and a peephole on each of the doors.
  • If you are driving to a destination, try to never park in a parking lot if a Valet is available to you. If you have to park in the lot, try to park the car nearest the exit.
  • After checking in, have a member of the hotel staff escort you to a room and enter the room before you do. Generally a bellman or hotel staff member will go through the entire room while they are explaining the features.
  • Always use the in room safe or safety deposit box's for jewelry, extra money or important documents.
  • Utilize the staff and the concierge in the hotel in order to lead you to safe and secure areas of a city. Don't start walking unless you are sure where you are going.
  • Never answer a knock on the door of your room before checking through the peephole and stating that you will be just a minute. Especially if you are not expecting someone. Also, do not answer your door unless you are sure of the person who is on the other side.
  • If you are traveling alone, ask the front desk to right down your room number instead of announcing it to you when you are checking in.
  • Dress appropriately for the area and establishments that you are entering. You do not want to stand out in a crowd, especially if you are traveling alone.
  • If you are staying in a hotel more than a couple of days, develop a relationship with members of the staff. (front desk clerks, concierge, etc.) They will be aware of your comings and goings. You may want to touch base with them at different times of your stay.
  • Going on group tours is always great. You are with other people in the area that want to see the same things you do, and you generally feel very secure when going from attraction to attraction.
  • As a women traveling on business alone, always conduct business meetings in public places. Do not meet strangers that you don't know in your room or suite. Utilize the restaurant in the hotel, lounge or rent a meeting room. Somewhere where there will be a people around.
  • Always look like you know where you are and what your doing, even if you don't.
  • Use Common Sense and personal instinct.

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    San Francisco, California 94102
    Phone: (415) 775-4700
    Reservations: 1-800-697-1791