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Most Common Holiday Mishaps

10 August, 2016

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Getting sun burnt on the first day, having your flight delayed and getting lost are the most common holiday mishaps, according to new research.

Food poisoning also features high in the top 20 list -- in addition to coming down with heat stroke and being the victim of theft.

Trying to pay with the wrong currency, arriving to finding the holiday accommodation is on or near a building site and having a traffic accident also appear.

Commissioned by First4Lawyers, 2,000 UK adults were asked to name their holiday mistakes and accidents.

Qamar Anwar, Managing Director at First4Lawyers said: “Although some mishaps are more likely than others, the results show some of the things that can go wrong when holidaying.

“More often than not holidays go smoothly and people get a much deserved chance to recharge their batteries and forget about everything.

“However things can go wrong so it’s important to take steps such as having good travel insurance should something happen when you are away.”

Slipping near the swimming pool, buying goods that turned out to be fake and having an infestation of some kind in your hotel room are also in the list.

Being stopped in customs without any reason features as well - along with having no hot water in the hotel and breaking a bone.

Over a quarter of people polled have experienced a holiday mishap such as an injury or being the victim of a crime.

And of those that have been on the wrong end of such events, two thirds said they were abroad at the time.

Around half of UK adults surveyed said they are nervous when holidaying abroad.

While about a quarter of respondents have purposely avoided travelling out of the country because they are worried about doing so.

When holidaying, over a third of those polled purposely avoid visiting Africa, around a quarter avoid Asia and around a fifth said they avoid Eastern Europe.


The average UK adult has three holidays a year and 54 per cent said they find planning for their trip stressful.

Fear of forgetting something is the most common worry, followed by finding a hotel that isn’t horrible and anxieties about missing a flight are among the biggest stresses ahead of a holiday.

What will happen should you fall ill, learning enough language to get by and having enough suntan lotion are also worries.

Although nine in 10 people polled said they take out a travel insurance when going abroad a quarter don’t know what a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is.

Around a fifth have needed to make a claim on their travel insurance at some point, while one in 10 have needed to use their EHIC.

Over 30 per cent of respondents said they have claimed compensation due to flight delays or cancellations.

Qamar Anwar said: “Thankfully most people go on holiday and have a great time, but if things do go wrong our solicitors are experts in accident abroad claims.

“They regularly deal with incidents such as slips, trips or falls on holiday or illnesses caused by dodgy food in hotels and can offer advice and support if something goes wrong.”


Most common holiday mishaps:

  1. Got sunburnt on the first day
  2. Flight was delayed
  3. Got lost
  4. Suffered food poisoning              
  5. Had heat stroke               
  6. Had items stolen
  7. Run out of money
  8. Had no hot water in your hotel room
  9. Bought items that turned out to be fake
  10. Had an infestation of some kind in your hotel room
  11. Slipped near the swimming pool              
  12. Flight was cancelled
  13. Missed your flight
  14. Vehicle has broken down
  15. Got to your accommodation and found it or the surrounding area to be a building site
  16. Had no power/electricity in your hotel room
  17. Been wrongly stopped in customs
  18. Had a traffic accident
  19. Got to the hotel to find your room had been double-booked
  20. Tried to pay with the wrong currency

For more information on accidents abroad we have plenty of information in our accident abroad section.

If you have suffered an accident abroad that wasn't your fault, contact First4lawyers to see how we can help. You can call us on the number at the top of your screen, or fill out our callback form.
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