1 – Being mugged – First, don’t dress like a tourist! Avoid wearing new and/or expensive items of clothing, especially footwear and bags by well-known brands. Also avoid accessories such as hats and bags with tour operator logos on. Looking lost with a phone gps, map and camera in your hand is also a sure-fire way of attracting unwanted attention from local opportunists! If you are lost, pretend you know where you are going even if you don’t until you find a hotel or restaurant that looks safe to enter and ask for directions.

2 – Stomach upsets – Check that the tap water is safe before you travel, but bear in mind that other countries may treat water with alternative chemicals that could still cause upset in the young, elderly or sensitive. When buying bottled water, always make sure the cap is still attached to the ring. Many travelers avoid salads abroad, and some people find that meat and seafood dishes are more likely to give them a bad stomach. Vegetarian dishes and reputable eateries are the safest option in many places.

Trying out food from markets can be a great way to sample the local delicacies – but stick to vegetarian food to minimize your chances of it disagreeing with you!

3 – Losing important documents – Make copies of passport, tickets, hotel information, travel insurance documents, driving license etc. in case any of your belongings get stolen. Make sure you keep them separate from the real documents, many travelers choose to scan or photograph their items and email them to themselves and to a trusted friend or relative so they can be easily retrieved.

4 – Getting injured – Be extra aware of your surroundings as health and safety requirements are often not as stringent abroad as they are locally. Slippery poolsides, loose balcony railings and walkways in need of repair can all catch an unaware tourist out, and lead to serious injuries.

5 – Road accidents – Always wear a helmet if hiring a moped, even if the local laws say you don’t have to. Many tourists are fatally injured every year from neglecting such an important safety issue. Also be aware of the rules of the road at your destination.

6 – Questionable tour operators – Only ever go on an excursion, tour or take part in a sports activity from a reputable provider. Ask at the local tourist office, or at hotel reception. Many resorts and travel agencies have their own itinerary to choose from. Disreputable providers may not have your safety as a priority, and they may lack insurance cover should the worst happen.

7 – Falling ill – Check the vaccination requirements of your destination well ahead of your holiday. Some destinations require a course of jabs over a number of weeks.  Also find out ahead of your holiday where you go for medical advice and treatment should you become ill.

Also create a Covid contingency plan, should you be taking a trip that requires testing. Have a plan in place in case you get stuck!

8 – Getting arrested – Know your destination laws and customs. It is important to know what might cause offense, as in some countries this could lead to being thrown in jail. Actions that break the law also vary from country to country, and what might be ok at home may be a serious offense elsewhere.

9 – Natural disasters – First, find out if the place you are traveling to is a high-risk area for earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions or avalanches, and again – have an emergency response plan in place.

10 – War, terrorism and violent outbreaks – If war or political unrest has broken out at your holiday destination, it might be wise to change your travel plans. If you must go, consult with a security firm to learn how to keep safe. The right firm may even organize your trip for you, with good protection.

11. Kidnapping – Avoid roaming about by yourself in unfamiliar spots that seem empty, are crowded with people you don’t feel sure of, or don’t feel safe in general. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Never enter strange cars, and make sure the taxis you enter are licensed and for real. Do your research beforehand or ask your hotel to arrange cars for you.