50 Travel Safety Tips

Simple things that could save your life.


Choosing a Hotel

1. Smaller is smarter. You want the staff to be familiar with you and the other guests. The smaller the lobby, the more noticeable the loiterers.

2. Aim for a place in a busy part of town (neighborhood restaurants and late-night stores mean traffic, corporate offices and parking garages mean empty streets and tumbleweeds). Affluent residential areas tend to have more reliable transportation and a less threatening street crowd.

50 Travel Safety Tips

3. If you’re still concerned about the area, ask a female employee – not one in reservations – whether or not she feels it’s safe to walk around at night. (Call the restaurant, for instance.)

4. A reception and concierge desk near the entrance and/or the elevators is more likely to deter non-guest undesirables.

5. There should be privacy for guests checking in; nobody should be able to overhear a name, room number, or other personal information.

6. Room numbers should be written on the room key envelope, not told to you aloud or inscribed on the key. This way, anyone who picks up your lost key won’t have access to your room.

50 Travel Safety Tips

7. Look for a parking lot that’s well lit and secure. Find out if there’s valet parking . . . and if it will be available when you need it. Use it, even if it costs a little bit more.

8. Does the hotel gym have an attendant? Half-naked and alone in a hotel basement isn’t exactly where you want to find yourself.

9. The hotel should have sufficient staff to walk you to your room late at night. Inquire when you book and you’ll get an idea of how female-friendly the hotel is.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 70 Comments

  1. Avatar of Catherine White

    Catherine White

    Oh my gosh. So much drama in the comments section. This article is saying here’s how to be an adventurous woman and still be safe. An anti-feminist would write about to never travel alone or better yet, to never travel ever. Most of these tips work just as well for men; nobody, male or female should EXPECT to be robbed, killed, kidnapped or raped, but you know what IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. So as unfortunate as it may be, in order to enjoy life one is better off knowing the safety tips.

  2. Avatar of Emma Blackwood

    Emma Blackwood

    Can everybody stop with all the drama please? This article isn’t about whether women are weak, strong, smart, or dumb. It’s about how, as a women, you can take care of yourself when PEOPLE AROUND YOU are dumb, stronger than you, and can’t keep from breaking the law.

  3. Avatar of Amanda Roberts

    Amanda Roberts

    I love the article, and I really appreciate that you care about our safety. But I can’t not say something about some comments… This isn’t saying that women are weak. It’s a reflection on the rest of society and the fact that women are targeted more frequently for violent crimes like assault and rape, especially when they’re alone. Women are not to blame if these things happen to them, but some women (like me!) may want to take precautions. You can be scared and still be a feminist.

    • Avatar of Kimberly Thompson

      Kimberly Thompson

      No offence but Yyu are ignorant. And worse, you are deliberately staying ignorant instead of choosing to educate yourself. Feminism does not deny that women are at greater risk for certain dangers. Feminism exposes, protests and seeks to change that fact.

  4. Avatar of Frances Seifert

    Frances Seifert

    Its a pity a woman has to do so many things to be safe. I saw comments about wearing a fake wedding ring? Seriously? This world is no place for women. :/

  5. Avatar of Roberta Bennett

    Roberta Bennett

    As much as I love being a woman sometimes I wish I was born male instead female… 🙁

  6. Avatar of Lynn Hayes

    Lynn Hayes

    It’s sad that there has to be articles like these but I really appreciate how this is written. It’s good to be informed as a woman traveling alone. Unfortunately some people see a lone woman traveler and will do bad things to her. It’s not an article stating women are weak! This is an informative article that is good for a future traveler.

  7. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

    Diana Hewitt

    I find it absolutely disgusting that being a woman in today’s society we have to learn how to travel safe so we avoid harm. Instead of society teaching boys not to rape, we are teaching girls how to avoid being raped. Also half of the tips in this “guide” could be helpful to men too, so to label it as tips for women is completely ridiculous. I agree that anyone should know how to feel safe traveling, but when a woman has to go so far out of her way, and constantly be an alert simply because she is a woman, all of the fun that comes with traveling is ruined.

  8. Avatar of Sabrina Grattidge

    Sabrina Grattidge

    Not sure why this has to be aimed strictly at women. We often forget that many countries across the globe are not as safe as the western world, but it doesn’t mean that caution shouldn’t be exercised by both men and women travelling abroad. Most of these are applicable to everyone.

  9. Avatar of Sasha Rosswell

    Sasha Rosswell

    Men need to read this so they can maybe start to understand the term ” male privlidge”. Not all of these things are really gender specific, but enough sadly are.

    • Avatar of Jennifer McSween

      Jennifer McSween

      I know right?!!! Not hating on the article but this shouldn’t even have to be a thing!

  10. Avatar of Amelia Beckons

    Amelia Beckons

    I always fasten everything I have to the chair I am sitting in with a wire and a snap. You don’t even need to lock it, if you just slow down a purse snatcher when they grab your stuff then they will let go and run away…or they take off with the chair too! You can also tie with rope, wind your purse straps around the back of the chair once. Of course I do this in the USA too. I travelled six months by bike and train through Europe alone, it was the best thing I ever did.

    • Avatar of Kim Hartford

      Kim Hartford

      Ha, I do it at the grocery—if I put my purse in the seat area, I put the little kid seatbelt through my purse strap and lock it. Anyone who tries to grab it will get the whole damn cart!

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