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Road Warriors: Safety Tips For Traveling Alone

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

When we think of getting out of town, most of us think of a girl’s or guy’s getaway or getting away with our significant other or family. Still, for many of us “jet-setting” around the country is part of our job, and we are often faced with traveling alone.

On the upside, it’s a great, “inexpensive” way to see and experience the world. On the downside, it means having to take to the road or the airways alone. And, for many ladies that may mean the need to brush up on some safety tips when hitting to open road or skyways solo.

1. Be choosy when choosing your hotel room: Sure it may be okay (on occasion) to opt for the “budget” room when traveling with a large group or with your companion. But, when you’re alone you’ll want to make sure you stay in a reputable lodging with a good reputation. Also, you should, according to the experts secure a room above the first floor and not too close to the stairwells or elevators, it’s too easy for people to find you and potentially make their way into your room. So, keep clear of both remote and heavy traffic areas and don’t be afraid to request a change if what you are given doesn’t meat your standards

2. Opt for an “escort”: Whether you’re walking out to your car or up to your room, experts suggest asking the bellhop or hotel security staff to accompany you. Remember, you are less likely to be the target of assault if you have some accompanying you.

3. Conduct checks and balances: Leave the door to your room open or slightly cracked as you check for potential intruders hiding in your space. Don’t forget to look in the bathroom, closet, behind curtains, and under the bed. Also double and triple check to see if the phone is working and also conduct a check of the lock on your door and on window locks, etc.

4. Make note of your whereabouts: Whenever you head out, even to dinner, leave note with someone at the front desk or a message in your room, including where you plan on going, how long you plan to stay, what you are wearing, etc. While it may seem a bit overly cautious, this vital information can be crucial just in case. Also, while there’s no doubt you ARE an ADULT, when you’re traveling on your own, it’s best to check in with family, friends, even work throughout the day or your journey.

5. Don’t leave “home” with it: A small flashlight that is. This can come in handy when it’s dark outside, in the parking garage, or if the lights go out and can help you find your way to safety.

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