A third of Brits ignore travel warnings before going on holiday

New research by flight comparison site jetcost.co.uk, has revealed that as many as a third of Britons have ignored Foreign Office travel warnings before going on holiday - with only 21% heeding the advice if they knew a warning was in place.

2,174 people over the age of 18 were surveyed and all respondents had been on holiday abroad at least once in the past 12 months.

Participants were firstly asked if they had ever followed a Foreign Office warning to not travel before going on holiday, to which 21% said that they had, 33% said that they had ignored a warning, whilst 46% revealed had never been aware of, or looked up whether there was a travel warning in place.

Relevant participants were then asked why they had ignored the travel warning, with the top responses being ‘I had already paid and didn’t want to cancel’ (52%), ‘I didn’t believe there was any real danger’ (26%) and ‘I think the foreign office over-exaggerates’ (19%).

When participants were asked what concerns them the most when it comes to their safety in a foreign country; crime, a chance of a terror attack, becoming ill, extreme weather and political/civic unrest all came in at the top.

All participants were then asked if they had ever experienced extreme weather conditions whilst on holiday, to which one fifth said that they had, with 5% admitting that they had to be temporarily evacuated whilst they were on holiday because of a weather warning.

When all respondents were asked whether they had been a victim of crime abroad, just under half (49%) revealed that they had. These respondents were asked to state what had happened to them, with 61% revealing they had been ‘robbed or pickpocketed’, and one in ten stating that they had been assaulted.

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