Our guide to travel safety

Staying safe while you are abroad is hugely important. When you are outside of your normal comfort zone, you might find yourself taking risks that you wouldn't normally take while at home. This guide to travel safety will help you to think about your personal safety and minimise the risk of something going wrong.

Before you book a holiday, we strongly advise you to check out the Foreign Office website for comprehensive advice on a destination. You'll find it at fco.gov.uk. Simply search for advice on the country you are travelling to. Information here is updated very frequently and contains warnings on all aspects of travel safety, including terrorism threats, crime, areas to avoid and natural disasters.

Of course, the unexpected can happen no matter where you are in the world. It's therefore important to take steps to protect your personal safety. Here are some tips...

  • Never leave your valuables on show - you will make yourself a target to thieves. Keep cameras, wallets and other valuables well hidden. Leave expensive jewellery at home.
  • Don't carry around more money than you need. Store some cash and some credit cards in different locations (e.g. in your purse, in the hotel safe, with your partner...). That way, if you lose one, you'll have back ups for emergencies.
  • Don't wander into areas that you don't know at night time. You probably wouldn't do this at home, so don't do it on holidays either.
  • Be sceptical about over-friendly locals. Tourist scams are usually not dangerous, but you can easily get conned out of money.

We hope that your holidays pass off without a hitch, and that travel safety is never a concern. However, accidents do happen and problems do arise. That's why it's absolutely essential to purchase adequate travel insurance. Travel insurance will give you peace of mind to know that if the unexpected was to happen, you would be covered financially.

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