A new survey reveals that over half of British holidaymakers say they would ignore Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel warnings in place for destinations they had booked holidays to.
Furthermore, three quarters of those who took part in the survey by holiday website sunshine.co.uk said they do not check the FCO website for advice before travelling.
Even if they were jetting off to a destination with an FCO warning in place, 53% of the 1,962 British adults surveyed said they would still go ahead with their holiday, anyway.
Those who said did say they would heed FCO’s advice indicated that warnings about “violent incidents and protests” would be most likely to put them off holidaying at a destination they’d planned to visit.
Climate warnings such as “severe weather or natural disaster” would also make them seriously reconsider whether or not to go ahead with their holiday.
Sunshine.co.uk managing director Chris Clarkson told the Daily Telegraph: “I was shocked to see that many Britons don’t bother to check advice that’s been issued, as it should be part and parcel of the holiday bookings process, especially if you’re planning to go somewhere off the beaten track.
“The Foreign Office issues travel warnings for a reason. Britons wishing to remain safe and enjoy a hassle-free trip overseas should always check the FO website for advice and base their travel plans around what they find.”
You can check the regularly updated Travel Advice by Country section on the official FCO website by going to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice