Education and Confidence
I agree with most things there. I have traveled alone however I don't ever presume I am safe. If someone wants to hurt/rob me; they're going to give it their best. However I won't go down easily. I do carry: firearm, pepper spray, knives, and a tactical head multi-function flashlight for various situations which may occur. If I'm staying an extended period of time, and the state/city permits it, I utilize a sporting goods store with an FFL license and mail my firearm to an FFL licensed sporting goods store in the destination city. While in a hotel/motel, due to a Refuse To be A Victim class, I have purchase a nifty gadget kit: the GE 45216 SmartHome Portable Security Kit. It includes good precautionary devices to ensure additional peace of mind. For that peace; there is no task too inconvenient nor foolhardy. If I could; I'd carry my Hoyt bow too I don't live the life of ignorant bliss. I'm not paranoid nor fearful. Fear is good to the extent of keeping the senses keen to surroundings; however carrying myself with confidence will convince most novice/punk-arse twits to keep on walking. Couple of key tidbits for other lady travelers while in a hotel: since most offenders are male, keep personal items of value, passport, etc (if hotel safe not available) in a tampon box. That is a surefire deterrent in most cases Secondly; (and this has happened to me in NYC), if a 'maintenance technician' knocks on the door to service the air exchanger (or whatever excuse he uses), tell him you are going to call the front desk first to verify. DO NOT open the door and trust he is telling the truth. The tech was legitimate however he did leave when I told him I was going to call, he punched my door and said "f*** this sh**". Another tech was sent up to address the concern in my room, which I did allow with me present, however I made him aware of my ability to protect myself. Also, I like the B&B suggestion. I stay at these when I can. Most people I met there are also tired of the potential for harm in hotel/motels. Thanks to everyone here for their contributions. I appreciate your sharing! Take care...
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