Former flight attendant Celina Bedding exclusively shared with Express.co.uk her tips to stay safe while holidaying abroad.
The first thing to do to ensure that you’re staying safe on holiday, according to the flight attendant, is to locate “the nearest fire exit” as soon as you get to the hotel.
Celina explained “everybody does this on the plane” but not a lot of people take the time to familiarise 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 travelling as a tourist, I have learned, wherever I am, to make sure I see the nearest fire exit as well as the route I would have to follow in a case of an emergency.
“You hear that on board every time you fly, but that is actually a good hack for life.”
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Celina also recommended: “Before I go to a different hotel I Google it and check the ‘Street View’ so I am 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.
In terms of staying safe at night in the hotel room, Celina advised holidaymakers to “always use the chain or lock the door”.
She said: “If the hotel door has a chain I will use it.”
“In case someone would open it from the outside so that it would make a noise.”
The flight attendant also advised travellers to always inspect the room as soon as they check in.
“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.