TRAVEL TIPS FOR STAYING IN HOTELS

Ever had questions about staying in hotels? Fiona R asked a handful of questions about staying in hotels from hotel tipping etiquette, preventing room theft, hotel safety and more!. Today, I share six travel tips for staying at hotels.

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31 comments

  • Yes it was helpful Thanks

  • totally understand all this. When I was in New York this past December, I wiped down my dresser with lysol wipes before putting clothes in. I typically left private sign on door most of the stay, did request towels and such when needed, other than that like things to be the way they are and how i leave them when I come back to hotel. Just feels comfortable 🙂

  • Thanks a lot for a tip about “ Do not disturb” sign. Have never thought about the implications of cleaning the room every day.

  • great videos 🙂 what is your background? You look sort of asian or native american

  • Good call on the do not disturb sign. I always used to assume you had to let cleaners in every day… of course you don’t!

    In most hotels cleaners open a load of doors and clean multiple rooms at once. If you’re happy with your room left open and unattended, then go right ahead – personally I think that’s the biggest theft hazard right there!

  • i can go around the world videos ,never go abroad ..you r lucky ..thanks for sharing interesting videos …..curious to watch you

  • As always great tips👌🏽.

  • Block your hotel doors and sliding doors and windows. Always have a weapon of choice, when entering , exiting your room, or on the street. Check food takeout 100%, or they will give you empty shrimp shells, and leave off items. Rotten ox tails in the take out soup. All happen in Bali. Taxi driver quickly cutting off the meter, near your destination, and asking for
    a higher fare.

    Korean Air is super racist!

    Use Singapore Air, for they are simply the best! Thank you Singapore and Singapore Air.🇺🇸💯💯💯❤️❤️❤️💐💐📚😇💕✈️✈️✈️😊

  • Isn't the American tipping thing come from workers getting paid less because companies assume the workers are getting tips.

  • K P

    In addition to the dnd sign, I leave the tv on, just loud enough that it can be heard from outside the room. This way it appears there is someone in the room.

  • Thanks, very useful info. On a personal note when I'm leaving a hotel I usually carry 2 'spare' locks one on my room door and another on the cupboard door inside the room. On two occasions in India and Sri Lanka, I've had thieves who have scaled two floors up to my room and using long sticks put these through the 'window bars' to hoist my trousers ( or bags) of the chair to pull it to them.Fortunately, on both occasions, I was disturbed and managed to prevent the robbery. Been traveling in India now for 40 years.

  • when i stay at hotels i just ask for towels and toiletries, the sheets are fine unless it has cum, housekeeping has more than enough workloads, i prefer the safe at the front desk and i always place the do not disturb sign, a knock on the door, first i would look who it is and if i can't recognize the person, i would call the front desk for help

  • Using the Do Not Disturb sign is a great idea. Just try to be as neat as possible during the stay.
    Ditto the storing of your items in drawers – leave them in your luggage.

    Do watch out for bed bugs…

  • Hi, thanks for the video. I will visit india next week, do you have a suggestion about guest house that makes me as a woman feel safe?

  • What is the brand of your bagpack? Thank you! 😊😊😊

  • The people that work at hotel can break into the safe so i would not use them either. It so simple to break in u would not believe it but it youtube videos on it. My luggage is my safe.

  • Most of the cheap hotel safes can be opened in under a minute by a roaming scumbag that hits hotel rooms. Plus they have a key to open the safe for the forgetful users.
    Hotels with a big team ( more than just two ) of cleaning ladies are the safest. Human nature says, they will turn each other in to the boss if they see the others stealing. ( but do not take that to the bank, there are exceptions )
    Look at the pro-asian travellers ( mostly men ) they use a day bag for their small laptop and camera.

  • The jobs of house keeping are important to them to make their living. Don't make them jobless.

  • Honestly and sincerely I never thought about using the DND sign as a "safety" & eco-friendly tool. Thanks for that! Truly

  • i've been in a lot of rooms where the safe isn't even bolted down…in vietnam, my friend had money stolen out of his stash in the safe. they didn't take the whole stash but they took out a little by little. its better to just leave it in your suitcase and lock it up. unless they have the TSA key too then idk

  • OMG!!! Thanks you so much for answering my questions. I was overwhelmed when I heard my name. My trip is this month end and I will surely use all of your advise. Just getting a bit nervous. Being all by myself, but I watched your other videos. Thank you for making all those videos. They all give me interested tips that I would use and thanks again for answering my questions. 😊

  • Great tips Christine! Some real talk in there too! Love it.

  • Excellent tips. Of all the times in my life I have never had cleaning service in a hotel/motel. I've always hung out the do not disturb hanger and also told the maids. If I really needed something I would just ask the front desk but 99% of the time I had everything I needed. How many people change their sheets everyday at home? Being a maid is hard work, so if I can help out and give them and the earth a break its a good thing. Wish more people would.

  • did you know that with a lot of insurance policies, if there was a safe available and you didn't use it they won't pay out? I know it's easy to forget things, but I'm just in the habit of checking all the draws, cupboards and under the bed before I leave the room. Regarding the tipping thing, in the UK we don't have the same tipping culture as in the US. It would never cross my mind to tip the hotel cleaning staff, however I have left money on my bed in Thailand, just because I know how little they get paid. I guess the same could be said for most chamber maids, but it doesn't seem the done thing here.

  • Check windows! More than ½ of the hotels I've stayed at had unlocked windows.

    I also use the Do Not Disturb sign

    I keep my items out in full view as well.

    Our safe malfunctioned in Thailand. They came to our room, checked my id and we reset the code. It was logged in a book. It's easy to reset a safe!

  • I also have had a few fabulous experiences with hotel staff & owners of the places I've stayed. In some cases it would have been really uncomfortable for me to not interact and I would have missed out on some of my most memorable experiences of my life. Be safe just don't over think things if you are in that boat perhaps go on a package tour.

  • I use safes all the time. It's one of must haves when booking never had any problems. I have had few experiences with pick pocketing. I few safer leaving some things in the safe than carrying them in crowded streets.

  • Nice video! Very useful 🙂 thanks 🙂

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