Former flight attendant Celina Bedding shared her tips for staying safe while on holiday abroad with Express.co.uk.
The first thing to do to ensure you stay safe on vacation, according to the flight attendant, is to find “the nearest emergency exit” once you arrive at the hotel.
Celina explained that “everyone does this on the plane”, but not many people take the time to familiarize themselves with the hotel’s emergency plan.
The crew member explained: “After being in so many different hotels and places around the world, working as a crew or traveling as a tourist, wherever I am I have learned to make sure I have the nearest emergency exit. see, as well as the route I should take in case of an emergency.
“You hear that on board every time you fly, but that’s actually a good hack for life.”
Celina also recommended, “Before I go to another hotel, I google it and check ‘Street View’ so I’m aware of my surroundings.”
This is especially important during the summer months, when wildfires are dangerously common in warm countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal.
As for staying safe in the hotel room at night, Celina advised vacationers to “always use the chain or lock the door.”
She said, “If the hotel door has a chain, I’ll use it.”
“Just in case someone opened it from the outside so it would make noise.”
The flight attendant also advised travelers to always inspect the room immediately upon check-in.
“I would check the bathroom, under the bed, in the closets, under the table, and behind the curtains to make sure no one was inside.
“I would never enter a room without doing that,” she explained.