As promised, I'm keeping up with posting at least one Travel Tip per week. (Yay for setting achievable goals! :))
I was going to write another post about food you have to try when you go to Canada, but then I realized you're going to think all I do when I travel is eat. (Which is not true...but showing you guys what I do for work would not be nearly as entertaining. ;))
But if you want to see what I tried in Canada this week for the first time, you should go here.
Today, my Travel Tip post is about safety. I'm a single woman, usually traveling with a co-worker, but I always have my own hotel room. Most of the time, we stay in locations that are very safe, but you can never be too safe.
What I find makes me comfortable when I leave my hotel room to go out to dinner, attend meetings, etc, is to leave either the TV or radio on, loud enough so that anyone who puts their ear against the hotel door can hear it. Then I also put the 'please do not disturb' sign outside the door.
This makes everyone assume someone is in your hotel room, and dissuades them from trying to get in. It also makes it so that, except when you're sleeping and have the deadbolt and latch locked, nothing changes about the appearance of your room. No one can observe a pattern around your comings and goings, because it looks and sounds the same all the time.
Just something I've learned that I highly recommend. I prefer the TV, because it gives the noise and light, so that I first get back to my room I can see everything inside.
Do you do this for safety when you travel? Do you think it's necessary? What other tips do you have to stay safe while in your hotel?