While you might think that you are entering a safe zone of luxury when you walk through the gilded doors of your 5-star hotel, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
You don’t have to be paranoid about where you are staying, but taking a few extra precautions will make sure you have an excellent trip. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe.
As soon as you check in, find out where the exits are in case of an emergency. If something does happen, you don’t want to be scrambling around looking for an exit.
And don’t park your car in a place that looks sketchy. Many modern hotels provide security cameras in their parking lots, so it’s best to park by one (in a well-lit area) just to be safe.
Once you are checked in and into the room, make sure that great balcony view is actually locked. You don’t want some crazy partiers climbing over the balcony rail and going in your room.
Also, don’t put up the “make my room” sign, thieves can easily target you by seeing this. Housekeeping will surely show up soon anyway, so unless you made a giant mess, avoid it.
And never, ever, use the in-room safe. Just don’t bring your valuables in the first place, and if you must, take them with you. If somebody actually were to get in your room, where do you think the first place is they will look?
You should also always purchase travel insurance when going to Africa, it’s often overlooked, but cheap enough that you shouldn’t even give it a second thought.