Brits’ holiday behaviour revealed

Brits’ holiday behaviour revealed

British holidaymakers are still getting into preventable problems abroad, according to The Foreign Office’s latest statistics. FCO’s British Behaviour Abroad report showed that travellers spend more time cleaning their house or buying magazines than looking for travel insurance. Additionally, 27, 272 passports were lost or stolen and the number of drink and drug related arrests, road accidents and doctors bills were on the up. Visitors to Spain, Thailand, Pakistan and Cyprus were said to need the most help and FCO staff dealt with 1.95m consular enquiries last year. There was 994 drug related arrests in the report, which looked at data from April 2009 to March 2010. This accounted for a seventh of all arrests worldwide. “This report shines a light on the number of Britons who get into difficulty abroad each year,” said FCO Minister Jeremy Browne. “Helping out Britons in trouble abroad is part of our job, but we can?t get you out of jail or pay your hospital bills.” The association urged travellers to book travel insurance and pushed its Know Before You Go campaign, which provides tips of being safe abroad (www.fco.gov.uk/travel).

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