A new poll by Holiday Extras, which asked customers whether they would be put off by an adverse piece of news coverage at their chosen holiday destination, found that holidaymakers pay less attention to warnings about their safety than expected.


While the Foreign Office is currently advising travellers to stay away from Borneo, more than half of intrepid men said that trouble in the sun wouldn’t hinder their travel plans at all, with 34% of men polled said that a serious incident or crime would stop them from holidaying wherever they wanted.

Women were more cautious, with 51% admitting that bad news about a country or resort would be enough to make them change their plans to visit that destination. Some 15% of those questioned stated that they would avoid a resort for a year if it were negatively reported in the news, while 43% said that they would avoid a destination for up to six months.

Meanwhile, there would be no going back for 11% of those polled, who said that they would never book a holiday at that place once it had been perceived as dangerous.

The operator's head of insurance Andrea Clayton said: "The results of the poll show how positive British people feel about their travels in the world – and this is a really good thing. Keep in mind, wherever you go on holiday and however daring you intend to be that you should always follow advice from the Foreign Office. Make sure that you have adequate travel insurance and don’t underestimate the cover that you may require wherever you go."


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