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Reminder for backpackers to take care with cash

Backpackers are not taking sufficient care with their money and personal property while abroad, an industry expert has warned.

While travelling, individuals should take more care with their valuables, especially in built up areas, he added.

Tom Griffiths, founder of gapyear.com, said: "Backpackers do take unnecessary risks with cash and are very loose about it like they are at home.

"In the olden days it used to be travellers cheques – the safe secure thing you used to delve into, but now you just carry your bank card like you do back home and forget that you are in a foreign country."

Jetlag and other factors can lead to complacency while abroad and he advised that backpackers should consider things like money belts and splitting cash and other valuables apart in their belongings.

According to recent research, 16 per cent of backpackers think the back pocket of your jeans is a safe place to store cash. In addition, eight million British holidaymakers are reported to have had personal property stolen in the last five years.

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