Travelling is a lot of fun, but unfortunately many travelers still don’t take seriously the latest travel cautions from authorities such as British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to take care about their safety. Many travelers deeply regret not taking out travel insurance, especially when realizing that an emergency abroad can be extremely expensive. So, here are the most frequent unpleasant cases that happened with travellers on vacations based on recent statistics of FCO.
Many people have reported personal accidents such as:
moped and motorbike accidents;
drink and drug-related incidents;
natural death, accidental death and murder. There were 5,972 reported deaths of UK citizens in the last 12 months from a mixture including natural death, accidental death and murder.
Stolen, lost or damaged possessions
The most frequent problem encountered by British tourists is a problem of stolen passports – 25,969 reported incidents worldwide.
FCO calls on tourists to carry their passport in their pocket and never ever leave it unattended at any time. It is even better to take a photocopy of a passport and other important documents and to keep them separately from the originals.
Many people were relieved that they were covered by their travel insurance for Scheduled Airline Failure following the recent demise of Spanair and also Hungary’s national carrier Malev, and others found that their policy left them high and dry. It is very likely in this financial climate that other airlines will get into a similar state, so it makes sense to ensure that you are covered – just in case.
Travel agents and insurance companies receive an increased number of claims from tourists who drank or ate something bad causing severe sickness. We all know how expensive medical treatment is if you don’t have insurance policy that covers this case. There have been serious illnesses and even fatal cases recently, mainly in Indonesia, India, and Turkey where drinks have been contaminated with methanol, so please take extra care when drinking local brews. Please remember that the costs associated with repatriation often greatly exceed the cost of the medical treatment and you should ensure this is covered by your travel insurance policy.
We recommend you to research your holiday destination and take all recommended precautions because extra care and good hygiene are essential whilst travelling anywhere (even when you’re not travelling, but that’s a whole different story).
Many cases of various diseases while being on vacation have been reported. Think twice before you decide on getting a tattoo, body piercing, manicure, or even a haircut or any treatment somewhere where there is a risk of skin damage. What you might bring home is more than you just a nice tattoo, unless you make sure that the equipment has been properly sterilised before it is reused.
Thus, always be careful about what you eat, drink and do while enjoying your vacation. Take all actions possible to have a great time without ever having to regret about your actions.
Before going on trip think of the fact that there are the noteworthy reasons why FCO and insurance companies often emphasize the importance of travel insurance – even for short trips within Europe and outside of it.