Reckless Britons put themselves at greater risk of accidents while on holiday abroad, findings from a new survey suggest.
Slater and Gordon’s poll of over 2,000 UK adults found nearly half of respondents drink more on their foreign jaunts.
And more than one in five (22%) tourists say they have been hurt in a road accident while overseas.
Respondents admit the following reckless foreign holiday behaviours:
- speeding (31%)
- drunk and/or disorderly (22%)
- drug taking (12%)
- sex outdoors (12%)
- drink-related fighting (10%)
Worryingly with the Euro 2016 football tournament starting this month, nearly one in five (19%) say they expect to behave recklessly or drink to excess in major sporting events.
Rashness ends in slips and falls
Such reckless behaviour has led to accidents such as slips, trips and falls, Britons admit.
Nearly four out of 10 admit to this happening. Other common accident mishaps for UK holidaymakers abroad include:
- food poisoning, despite knowing the eating risks (29%)
- ski-related injuries (21%)
- fights (7%)
Slater and Gordon’s Paul McClorry says he is shocked by UK tourists putting their own and others’ safety at risk on holiday.
Mr McClorry says British risk-taking is “horrendous” and results in his firm seeing clients suffering from recklessness-induced illnesses, injuries and even worse.
He advises people not to enjoy themselves at other people’s expense.
Drink-driving risk goes up
Around one in 12 Britons (8%) holidaying abroad also admit to drink-driving. In addition, the poll unearths the following risks that Britons take abroad:
- walking alone through unknown districts (19%)
- having a quad bike or moped trip (13%)
- extreme sports (13%)
Nearly one out of five tourists admit to putting their life in danger through their risk taking. And around 40% claim they do not get travel insurance when their holiday lasts just one or two days.
Date Published: June 15, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown