Travel expert claims you should never stay above floor 4 at a hotel amid ‘risks’

A travel security expert has explained why anyone staying in a hotel should avoid staying above the fourth floor if possible.

However, Lloyd Figgins also doesn't recommend staying anywhere below the second floor either.

So that only really leaves you with two floors that are available to stay on if you plan on taking his advice.

The two reasons are very different, however they are both common fears among travellers staying away from home.

Former soldier turned travel guru said he reckons you should only stay between the second and fourth floor because the ‘biggest thing that is overlooked is the risk of fire’.

Talking to Sun Online Travel, he said: “When you arrive in a hotel, you’re in an unfamiliar environment which you think is safe. The problem comes that if there were to be a fire alarm go off, what do we do next?

“Do we know where the fire exit is? How are we going to get to it, and is it going to get you to safety? Is it blocked or locked?”

He recommends that once arriving at a hotel, ‘it is always worth walking the route of the fire escape, counting the number of doors between your room and the fire escape.’

He then added: “Make sure you are staying between the second and fourth stories of the hotel because fire department ladder rarely reach above fourth storey.

“Anything below this is targeted by burglars.”

If you want to be extra careful, Lloyd, who is the author of the The Travel Survival Guide, says that you should avoid saying your room number out loud and instead have the staff write it down on a piece of paper for you.

He explained: "Hotels attract criminals as there are a lot of people with their valuables or possessions either in their room or on them.

"Receptions and lobbies are where they can pose as fellow travellers."

The expert said criminals are particularly looking for people checking in alone.

Then when they see that person in the bar or restaurant, they know their hotel room is unoccupied.

Lloyd recommended getting using a door wedge on your hotel room for extra security.

Meanwhile in other travel news, a flight attendant has shared a 'gross' fact about plane toilets.

The anonymous cabin crew member posted a rant on Twitter warning people not to take their shoes off when going to the toilet as the 'water on the floor' is actually urine.

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