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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Staying safe on holiday when travelling alone

    Travelling alone opens you up to new experiences and enables you to see some of the wonderful places the planet has to offer. When you travel, you absorb different cultures, see new sights, and create everlasting memories.

    Travelling alone can be daunting, but it also presents an incredible opportunity to see the world and enjoy unforgettable adventures. Here are some tips to help you avoid travel  accidents if you’’re travelling alone this year.

    Staying safe on holiday when travelling alone

    If you’’re travelling alone, you may be feeling slightly apprehensive. It takes guts to go solo, especially in areas where tourist resorts aren’’t commonplace. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of holiday accidents:

    • Try to avoid carrying large sums of cash on you
    • Book accommodation in advance
    • Don’’t leave valuables lying around your lodgings, and secure them safely when you’’re walking around
    • Use a padlock if you’’re carrying a backpack
    • Wear a money belt 
    • Try to avoid walking alone or travelling by public transport on your own at night, especially in large cities
    • Keep your phone charged
    • Be wary of tourist scams
    • Give family and friends back home details of your itinerary and keep in touch
    • Always make sure you have travel insurance before you travel
    • Take extra care of your possessions in areas known for pick pocketing

    What to do if you encounter problems when travelling

    If you encounter problems when travelling alone, seek advice or help. If you’’ve been mugged, for example, report the incident to the police and contact your insurance provider. If you’’ve sustained injuries in an accident overseas, seek medical assistance.

    In the case that you have to pay for treatment, you should be able to claim on your insurance. If you need help and you’’re travelling alone, you could also contact the British Consulate in the country you’’re visiting. This would be beneficial if you’’ve had your passport stolen, for example.

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    If you’’re thinking of claiming compensation for an accident abroad, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have an expert team of personal injury lawyers on hand to guide you through the claims process and hopefully, secure your no-win, no-fee* travel accident compensation payout.

    Have you sustained holiday injuries through no fault of your own? Take our 30-second eligibility test online, or call our freephone lines on 0800 689 0500 from a landline. or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.