Holidays should be about relaxing and exposure to new experiences; not spending a day in the police station or hospital because you’ve been a victim of a crime. It’s not the most pleasant thing to think about before you jet off for sun soaked beaches, but it will put your mind at ease if you plan ahead and protect yourself. Here are three travel tips to consider:

Lost passport

Imagine this: you’ve had a great two weeks away and you’re preparing to return home the following day. You check your bag to find the families’ passports and discover they aren’t there. They’ve either been misplaced at the beach or stolen; what do you do?

You’ll need to report that it’s lost/stolen to the local police station and then get in touch with the closest British Consulate or Embassy in the area. They will help you report the loss and issue you with replacement travel documents to let you return home. Once you’re back, you’ll need to fill out an LS01 form to get a new passport. You can do that from the government’s passport service here.

To make the process easier, it’s a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport with you and keep it separate from your other important travel items.

 

Lost money

When you’re walking through a heavily populated tourist spot, you can be an easy target for pickpockets. If the worst should happen, and you have some money stolen from you, report it with the police immediately.

Reporting the crime is all well and good, but you won’t do yourself any favours if you travel without insurance. These plans will cover potential crimes like these, so that you can continue enjoying the rest of your holiday. Websites like confused.com are very useful for comparing the market to get the best quote.

For longer trips abroad, like gap years, you might want to consider the services of an international money transfer company. Companies like Travelex allow your relatives or friends back home to transfer money overseas, if you ever need financial help in a different country.

 

Lost electronics

We take a lot of expensive equipment with us when we travel. Cameras, phones, games consoles – it all adds up.

When you’re out and about, carry your possessions in a bag that can be slung over your front. Make sure it’s lightweight and has a lot of separate compartments that you can hide your valuables in.  It’s also a good idea to split your possessions amongst your family, so if you are a victim of a crime, you haven’t lost everything in one go!

You can stay secure abroad by doing your research and avoiding dodgy areas. Never go out by yourself after dark and always tell people where you’re going. A lot of tourists get targeted because they look lost and unfamiliar with the area. Read a few maps before you arrive, so that you are comfortable with the area and where you’re going. This is an excellent way to blend in.