Thousands of Irish families will be heading away this summer for a much-needed break to sunnier climates post-Covid.
While travelling abroad is generally very safe – depending on your destination – there are a few things you can do to make sure you and your belongings are safe in your hotel room.
Former flight attendant Nassim shared some tips with Express.co.uk for those staying in hotels this summer after a terrifying ordeal for one of her crew members.
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The flight attendant admitted that she doesn’t even always feel safe in her hotel room, despite how often she travels.
She explained: “When I started flying I heard of a story where a crew member had gone into their hotel room and not checked it out properly and someone had hidden in the room.
“They got attacked so every time I got to a hotel room I would use my luggage case to keep the hotel door open.
“I then go inside and check everywhere.
“I would check the bathroom, under the bed, inside the wardrobes, under the table and behind the curtains to make sure that no one was in there.
“I would never ever enter a room without doing that,” she explained.
Nassim said some hotels don’t have chains for the door “so we just rely on the lock”.
“So I would place my bag by the door.
“In case someone would open it from the outside so that it would make a noise.”
The flight attendant said this is a good hack in order to acknowledge someone is entering your room straight away.
The crew member shared other things holidaymakers and those on business trips should always do to stay safe abroad.
She explained: “I would also make sure to never get in a lift with just one person and press my floor.
“And make sure no one is following you to your room.
“If you are feeling unsafe wait in the lobby until they have gone.
“Only then, proceed to go to your room especially if you are on your own.”
Nassim added: “I would always also put no room service on my door to avoid having anyone come in.”
The crew member recommended always using the room safe.
She said: “I did use the safes as well for my important documents and money.
“Always, always use that!!
“I always leave my tv on as well so it seems like I am in the room at all times,” she added.
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