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How to ensure the hotel you are booking in is safe — tips for women travelers

This women’s day let’s discuss ways in which you can make travel safe for the Indian woman. Even if women steer clear of risky small time resorts or even if they travel to developing countries or even if they don’t speak their local language or even if they’re traveling alone it is absolutely possible for women to travel safely. For today’s women, travel is a necessary tool for growth and discovery, made incredibly easy and safe with technology. Safety and security are important factors in the guests’ selection of a hotel. Hoteliers normally follow local regulations when designing a hotel’s safety and security systems, but which system features hotel guests perceive to be the most important and which they expect to find in place remain open questions. But there are some things that women travellers can do on their own to ensure that their hotel stay and the entire travel is 100 percent safe, here are some tips for women travellers to ensure safety first:

Research, research, research: Born in the lap of technology, our new age Indian women evolve with smartphones in one hand and ultra-fast internet in the other, creating a perfect opportunity for them to research before they actually move out to travel. One can also choose to crowdsource their research more pool of insights to choose from

Bleisure travel and pre-booked hotels: The safest way for women travelers to have fun is to make a little extra of their work trips. When an office books a hotel for a travel trip, rest assured that they will book a safe hotel, villa, resort or even an apartment. Moreover, today millennial and Gen Z women travel to exotic destinations for work and stay an extra few days only to submerge themselves in the local culture and experience something new. Wouldn’t it be a crime not to unwind on a beach or explore an unknown city’s foodscape after that important conference? Not to mention a wasted opportunity to spice up the Instagram feed or update Facebook profile picture

Check for multiple reviews: (both via friends and family and via online forums too) I strongly suggest that women must check reviews online of the actual hotel or villa and the neighbourhood it’s in, so one can see which areas seem safe. Also one must not forget to check verbally with their friends and close ones. Word of mouth is also often a reliable source of information. Also, there are lots of great networks to connect female travelers all around the world. One can ask them about the customs and things to do in their area or even make plans to meet up

Always and always share your itinerary with someone back home: We all love solo travels but I strongly recommend that before one moves out, we must share our itinerary with at least one person who’s not traveling with the traveller. Someone back home must have a general idea of where the traveller will be and when in case something goes wrong or they need to get in touch with them

Inspect the room: Last but not the least, before one unpacks, I recommend inspecting the room to make sure all windows and doors have functioning locks.

By: Saagar Panchal, Founder & CEO, Hireavilla Hospitality Pvt.

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