Summer holiday season is poised to get into full swing but for millions of Brits, two weeks on the beach can be a nightmare.
One in ten will fall foul of some kind of mishap – from falling ill to have property stolen, from cancelled flights to pranging the hire car.
Spain tops the table for the country where Brits encounter most holiday hazards – with one in four trips there hit by some kind of incident.
The Canary Islands (20% of visits), Greece (17%) and Italy (11%), fill the next three places.
Chief among Britons’ concerns was losing property – whether that be their passport, or phone, cash or camera.
Some two thirds of UK holidaymakers worry about injuries or sickness affecting them on holiday.
As a result, almost half (48%) will steer clear of eating certain foods while abroad just to avoid food poisoning.
On average, one in 20 trips (5%) involved an illness of some kind. The countries where people were most likely to be struck down were Spain (14%), Greece (12%) and Canary Islands (also 12%).
The findings were produced by comparethemarket.com, from a poll of some 8,000 British sunseekers. An interactive map can be found here.
- Watch out in Spain – this popular hotspot is where you’re most likely to have your belongings stolen AND suffer an illness, with almost a quarter of trips (24%) involving a mishap
- New ‘mishap map’ charts the incident capitals across Europe
- Russia is destination where you’re most likely to deal with flight issues
- Car accident capital is France
- Most activity based injuries happen in Austria
- Russia seems to be the place to avoid if you are looking for a smooth travelling experience as those polled showed it topped the flight issues (delayed or cancelled) list at 3%.
The place most likely to lose your luggage was also Russia (2%), but for cancellations it was Spain (1%) that again, came out on top.
One in five Brits (20%) confess to being put off skiing by the fear of an accident happening, and over a quarter (28%) would not take part in some sporting activities for fear of hurting themselves.
“No one wants their holiday to be blighted by a mishap – big or small – so it’s always worth taking the necessary precautions,” said Stephanie Corbett, travel product manager at comparethemarket.com.
“Keep an eye on your belongings, use a hotel safe and don’t fall asleep in the midday heat of the Spanish sun!”