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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips – Finding the Right Accommodation

Vulnerable and disadvantaged people are often found at the most remote locations on the planet. This means that compassionate humanitarians are needed in the most unusual places to offer the help they can provide to alleviate suffering and improve living conditions. Finding the right accommodation for caring humanitarians is key because it will be their base of operations.

Finding the Right Accommodation

In a world which is becoming more and more dangerous, it is increasingly important to find just the right accommodation. After a long day of valuable hard work, compassionate humanitarians retreat to their hotels or other accommodation to rest and charge up. We are glad to help you find the safest place with these guidelines.

The first consideration to make as a travel manager when finding the right accommodation is the location. Before booking, it is essential to find out whether the hotel or the other place of stay, is in or near the most dangerous neighborhoods. Choose hotels away from high-crime areas and areas where protests are usually held. Additionally, do your homework and check whether there’s a recent history of hotel-related security incidents at the destination.

When you’ve made a shortlist of suitable neighborhoods, consider the safety features of the possible areas of accommodation. In conflict zones, there is a high security risk. Look for hotels away from the main avenues. Check whether there is access control, such as a surveillance system, elevators that require card access, metal detectors or visible guards.

In moments of threat, communication could make a significant difference and raise survival chances considerably. Small, independent hotels probably do not have the same infrastructure or capacity of international chain hotels. Especially if humanitarians are staying in an area prone to natural disasters or where terrorism threats are a big concern, this can be a major consideration.

When finding the right accommodation, try and book a room one higher than the second floor but lower than the seventh floor. In case of emergency, a room on those floors would low enough to jump to safety from a window and is within reach of most fire department ladders. But it is also high enough to be safe from burglars or other possible intruders. We would recommend travel managers to request for rooms on the side of the building further away from the lobby, which is likely to be the main entry point for any attacker. Preferably, choose a room that is not adjacent to other public areas, such as hotel restaurants. These are areas with a higher risk of being targeted. Ideally, it is good to be near the emergency exit stairs. Try to avoid rooms with interlocking doors. In case this is impossible, at least make sure they are locked. Also consider bringing a door wedge with you, to use as an extra precaution.

The travel tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you're arranging humanitarian travel. We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel where it is needed most in time and make the intended impact. Please contact us should you require any additional information about finding the right accommodation.