What Would You Do If Someone Broke Into Your Hotel Room Tonight?
I opened my talk at the Frequent Traveler University in Dallas with this question.
Most of the audience had traveled even more extensively than I had, but no one had an immediate answer. Rather frightening when you think about it.
Most hotel rooms don’t have windows that open or balconies you can escape to. Which means your one means of escape is the door your attacker is coming through. Your plan will vary based on the hotel and the situation, but the important thing is to have a plan.
My number one safety tip for friends who are traveling, whether they’re alone or in a group, is to be aware of your environment and have a self-defense plan wherever you go.
Will you grab the phone and call the front desk? Do you have a metal nail file lying by the bed? Will you throw that giant gnome statue you picked up earlier in the day?
It might not be a good plan, but even having thought through your options will improve your odds of minimizing harm.
So next time you check into your hotel room (or get in a cab, or walk down the street) take a minute or two to consider your options and be ready, just in case.
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