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Don't forget basic safety on holiday

26 January 2009 08:39

Don't forget basic safety on holiday

The Caribbean is one place where the beauty and distance can make home seem very far away, but following the recent shooting of two tourists in Antigua, guidebook series Rough Guides has advised people to be just as precautious on holiday as at home.

Adam Vaitilingam, author of the Rough Guide to Antigua and Barbuda, said: "The danger with people going on holiday to places like Antigua is that they behave in a way that they wouldn't behave at home.

"They might go walking on a dark beach at night without taking any precautions, they might be more flashy with the jewellery and money or they might leave items lying around.

"It's really just a case of taking the same precautions that you would at home."

Those thinking about travelling abroad to risky locations should make sure that they get good comprehensive travel insurance that protects them if they are mugged or face difficulties while on holiday.

Official Foreign Office advice about Antigua is not to carry large amounts of cash or jewellery around and avoid isolated areas after dark.