Foreign Hotel Tips - Travel Tips - Claire Newell

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Article | Tue December 06, 2016, 03:44 PM EST

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December 06, 2016 -- Sometimes, the only thing you have to go by when booking a hotel in a foreign country – is consumer review websites. But travelers from different parts of the world will have very different ideas about what makes a good hotel.

So be wary of these sites. Check them out. But pay special attention to reviews from people in your home country to be sure you’re getting the opinion of someone more similar to yourself.

Get directions to your hotel in the local language. Don’t assume your taxi driver will speak English or know where your hotel is. Especially if it’s small or off the beaten path. You can get the hotel to email you the directions in the local language and then just hand them to your driver.

It might seem obvious, but be careful with your valuables. If something goes missing, you may have no rights. The laws vary from country to country, so lock your valuables in the manager’s safe, or better yet, leave them at home.

Remember that 9-1-1 is not an international emergency number. Each country has its own protocol for emergency calls. Make sure you know how to get in touch with emergency services – should you need to.

And take an adapter for small appliances like your blow dryer or curling iron. It will allow you to turn your prongs into those that fit another country’s outlets.

Also, don’t assume a foreign hotel will offer all the amenities you’re used to at home...whether it be air conditioning or an iron. If a particular service is important to you – check ahead to see if it’s offered. Most importantly though – enjoy the experience that comes with seeing and trying new things.

Article | Tue December 06, 2016, 03:44 PM EST

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