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ABTA Urges young to Stay together to stay safe

ABTA, the Travel Association, is encouraging young holidaymakers heading off abroad this summer to ‘stay together to stay safe’ after research from the Foreign Office revealed becoming separated from friends is a common factor in serious accidents abroad. The Association is also urging young people to take particular care on balconies as recent years have seen that young holidaymakers are most likely to come to harm.

As the peak holiday season gets underway, many young people will be heading off abroad for the first time without their family, with a lot of them celebrating the end of exams. To help young people have a fun and safe holiday, ABTA has been providing advice to 16-23 year olds across a range of areas including the importance of taking out insurance, sticking together, taking care of cash and possessions and being careful when taking selfies.

Taking simple steps such as using WhatsApp groups to stay in touch, using the find my friend app to share your location if one of you gets separated, and using offline maps – such as Google Maps, Maps Me and Citymapper - to help you find your way around, can be really helpful in staying together. People shouldn’t be afraid of stepping in if you think one of your friends is doing something silly or dangerous while on holiday.

Every year there have been a number of incidents involving young people on balconies. ABTA and its Members have also been running awareness-raising initiatives encouraging holidaymakers to avoid taking risks on hotel and apartment balconies. The advice is that people should never lean over, sit or climb on the balcony wall or railings, don’t climb from one balcony to another and take extra care on balconies after drinking alcohol as your judgement may be affected.

ABTA’s full advice can be found at:www.abta.com/youngholidaymakers

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Date Published:
26th July 2019


David Betterton
David Betterton FInstTT

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