Is there anything better than a summer vacation? There’s just something so… perfect about taking time off during the warmest months. Maybe it’s the picture-perfect scenery to make a long drive go faster. Or the ability to spend hot days lounging on the beach or relaxing in hammock – exerting almost zero energy in the process. Beach reads. Cold drinks. We could go on.
Whatever the reason, we can agree that warm-weather travels are pretty spectacular. And choosing where you’ll go and where to stay can be almost as fun as the trip itself. (Almost.)
In all your planning, don’t forget to keep an eye on safety. Here are 4 quick tips to help you find a safe hotel:
1. Check Online Review Sites
Websites like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com offer the opportunity to preview almost any hotel. As you scroll through dozens of reviews, pay careful attention to what guests have said about safety concerns: What’s the neighborhood like? Has in-room theft ever been alleged? Take reports with a grain of salt – they’re unverified – but dozens of complaints are probably a good sign to steer clear.
2. Choose a Hotel with 24-Hour Front Desk
You probably think of a 24-hour front desk as a convenience thing, right? Great for late check-ins, early check-outs, and late nights while you’re on vacation. But consider, too, that a 24-hour front desk lends an extra layer of security – there’s always someone on watch, no matter the hour.
3. Pick a Room with a Safe
An in-room safe is an absolute must. (Extra bonus points to hotels that offer laptop-sized safes, so you can store all your valuables while out of the room.) Whenever you step out, make sure you store jewelry, electronics, cash and important documents in your safe.
4. Book an Upper-Level Room
Break-ins are more common on ground level, so if you’re staying in a small hotel, bed & breakfast, or other homey environment – anywhere would-be burglars might envision an easy entry – reduce your risk by choosing a room on an upper floor. Bonus: You’ll enjoy the view!