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- Posted:Friday, September 11, 2009
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So too, does insurance provider InsureandGo, which has revealed that 12 per cent of young travellers in Britain have found themselves taken advantage of while on their holidays and have come back to their digs to find their possessions tampered with. And it's not just robbery that you have be wary of - muggings while abroad are not uncommon, with seven per cent of male backpackers claiming to have been attacked while travelling around. The statistic for girls being robbed in person is two per cent.
InsureandGo's founder Perry Wilson has said that these figures shouldn't put you off having fun and experiencing new cultures, which I entirely agree with but it is certainly best to be prepared. "[Young people] should take care not to put themselves in dangerous situations and they should plan their trip as carefully as possible," Mr Wilson stated. "We would urge travellers to read about their destinations beforehand." Take heed, backpackers. It's good advice and safety should never be compromised while abroad.
Backpackers also need to be careful when choosing travel options, according to currency provider FairFX.com, who suggests holidaymakers keep an eye out for dodgy offers from those in the industry as things that are billed as free often come with hefty charges attached.