Spending a night alone in a hotel room can sometimes be nerve-racking-- especially if you're in a foreign country. Though it's always safe to take basic precautions like locking your door and staying alert, there's much more you can do to keep yourself safe while traveling, and there's no one better to take advice from than a former US Marine and CIA operative Drew Dwyer.
Some of Dwyer's tips seem a little extreme ("Always assume the room is bugged. Keep the radio or TV turned on with the volume on low at all times -- even when you are not in the room"), but as someone who's traveled to some of the most dangerous destinations on earth, it's no surprise that he's overly cautious.
As crazy as this advice may seem, it's always better to be safe than sorry. So we won't blame you if you don't heed Dwyer's advice to always keep the blinds closed, even when you're in the room (how are you supposed to enjoy the view if your windows are closed all the time??), but some of his tips are certainly worth keeping in mind next time you find yourself alone in a hotel room. Check out the complete list here.
1. Acquire or make a copy of the fire escape plan on the back of your door. Most of these just slide out.
2. Do not stay on the ground or the top floor. The ground floor is readily accessible to intruders and the top floor does not allow any room to maneuver. The first or second (European) floors allow access for most third world country emergency vehicles.
3. Keep the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, even when you are not there.
4. Always assume the room is bugged. Keep the radio or TV turned on with the volume on low at all times -- even when you are not in the room.
5. Keep the drapes/blinds pulled at all times, even when unoccupied.
6. Keep a light on in the room when unoccupied.
7. Keep a small "bug-out bag" packed with must-have items (money, ID, passport, etc.) in the event of an emergency departure.
8. Carry a motion alarm that can be placed over the doorknob. They are about $20 and can be found in most electronics stores.
9. Keep a flashlight next to the bed and within arm's reach.