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14 August 2012 11:08
A poll has revealed valuables are often left unattended on the beach
Laid-back holidaymakers forget about security when they hit the beach or pool, a survey has found, leaving hundreds of pounds worth of valuables in their unattended bags.
More than a fifth of British tourists admit taking an 'ostrich' approach to security, leaving their valuables under a towel or sunbed on the sand while they go for a dip, making the prospect of having to make a
travel insurance claim more likely.
Digital cameras, cash, mobile phones, watches and, most worryingly passports, are carried round in beach bags instead of being left secure in a hotel safe, the research by Censuswide found.
It discovered more than 50% of British holidaymakers drop their guard by taking money to the beach or pool with 40% keeping their camera with them and 46% unable to be separated from their mobile phone. The average value of beach bag contents was said to be several hundred pounds.
More than a third of tourists said they don't trust hotel safes and although almost one in 10 have had something stolen while they've been at the beach or pool only 20% said they'd use a locker.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
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14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
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12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
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04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
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07 October 2016
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