Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Your Voice Down

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It seems my simple tip to not slam the hotel/cruise door last Friday really resonated with a lot of people. So here’s another no-brainer, which comes from a reader that I totally agree with: Lower your voice in the hallway—especially late at night and early in the morning. It’s the same principle as Friday: Show your fellow travelers the same consideration you’d like to be shown, and you’ll all have a better travel experience.

FYI: The quiet hallway above can be found at the Wynn Las Vegas, where I stayed late last year.

 

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Comments

  1. I would even go further to say keep your voice down in your room late at night– I recently stayed at a hotel with adjoining doorways between rooms and could hear my neighbor’s 10pm conversation word for word while I was trying to sleep before an early-morning marathon.

  2. How do we get the message about respecting the “space” out to people who don’t read this blog (or other sources of advice on how to be a community-minded traveler)…people who talk loudly on mobile phones or in the hallway (or even the next room in a hotel), slam doors, recline their airplane seats without checking to see if the passenger behind has a laptop open, holds onto seat in front to get out of their row…etc? In other words the stuff Johnny’s doing a great job of raising awareness over. I used to fly SFO-EWR-SFO on a Continental flight where a flight attendant actually DID make a respect-your-neighbors speech. Can we make it part of the safety talk? (On 2nd thought maybe the dinner announcement – more likely to be listened to!)

  3. Glob erbslum says:

    Agreed. As a retired airline pilot I was constantly tormented by people in the next room. Sometimes they would go out and leave the TV on. People who had the opportunity earlier would nonetheless wait till they were at opposite ends of the hallway to shout their rendezvous plans. I usually tried to find out their room # and give them a 4:30 am wake up call as I was leaving. Best is to demand a non connecting room.

  4. I also would like to remind parents to remind their children to be quiet in hotels, in the hallways as well as their rooms. So many times I’ve been disturbed or awakened by the sound of children yelling or horsing around–not fun when you are trying to sleep. I now try to remember to ask for a room where it will be quiet, explaining to the receptionist that I don’t want to hear my neighbors making lots of noise–they generally understand what I’m talking about and are good at accommodating.

  5. I agree! Anything that you think can disturb other guests in the hotel should be avoided. If you are staying with kids, you may want to ask a room that won’t cause so much destruction to others.

  6. Even though it’s a rough night dealing with the noise; front desk clerks can be sympathetic (if the hotel is worth its salt) and can be persuaded to move you – oh and by the way upgrade you if you ask nicely… you know, for the trouble of being moved. Give it a try the next time. Lemons, lemonade, etc.

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  1. […] you’re right. I’ve written in the past few days about ways to be a more considerate traveler (here and here) and today I’ve got yet another suggestion: Be sure the volume of your TV is not overly […]

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