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Building Floor Confusion

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Just a quick note to remind you that in some foreign countries, the floor numbering of multi-story public buildings (like hotels and offices) may not be the same as it is in the USA.

When I was in Mexico last week, I checked into my hotel.  The desk clerk explained (in perfect English) that my room was on the first floor and pointed me towards the building where the room was located.

 

I wandered all around the first floor and couldn’t find my room number.  Then I saw this sign,

 

 

My room was on the first floor…the first floor up from the “ground floor.”  In America, we would have said that my room was on the “second floor.”  I’ve experienced this in several South American and European countries as well.

Common Hotel Scam

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If you ever stay in hotels, you should read this short article.  This is an extremely common scam.  I’ve responded to complaints of this happening more than a few times in my police career.  Interestingly enough, this scam is probably more common in the USA than in foreign countries.  Many locals in foreign countries don’t have the English language skills to pull this one off.

 

Be especially alert for calls like this in the early morning (4am-6am).  That’s when I’ve seen this scam happen most often.  People are drowsy and less aware when they have just been awakened from a sound sleep.

Hotel Safety

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Generally good advice here. I’m not particularly worried about being bugged, but keeping radio and tv on makes it appear that the room is occupied, thus discouraging petty theft.

I don’t copy the fire escape routes, but I do check the escape routes. They will often be blocked or locked in third world countries.

 

A Hotel Safety Checklist for World Travelers From a Former CIA Operative

Securing a Hotel Room

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When most of you travel, you stay in a hotel or rental house.  Have you ever considered how you might best secure your rented dwelling?  The following article provides you some good tips and is worth your read.

 

Checking In: Securing Your Hotel Room Against Attacks and Intrusion

 

 

Hotel Room Safety

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There are some very slick hotel room security hacks in this piece.  They are useful no matter if you are traveling domestically or internationally.  Check out the article.

Just The Tip: Hotel Room Security

 

 

 

Safe Hotel Rooms

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Google Hotels

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This might be an exceptionally useful resource for those of you interested in getting good hotel deals.

 

Google Hotels: A Best Features Guide & Slick Tips

 

This site may revolutionize the choosing of foreign hotels when traveling.  I urge you to check it out.

 

 

Door Wedges

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Grant’s advice about travel safety is spot on.  I carry a rubber door stop like this often when I travel.  It’s cheap insurance for about $5.00.  If you want an even better one, check out the “Wedge-It.”  It works for extra security (like your bedroom door) at home as well.

 

Staying safe while traveling, Part 5: some more tools to help you stay safe on the road!

A Little Extra Hotel Room Security

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This little trick might buy you some time if someone tries to use a passkey or hack your electronic hotel room lock.  I also generally travel with a rubber doorstop that I wedge under the door from the inside.  It won’t hold back a SWAT team, but it will give you a few more moments to act.

 

Hotel Room Key Hacks… a Simple Fix