Dangerous destinations irresistible

Dangerous destinations on the Foreign Office "don't go" list are proving irresistible for risk-taking travellers, a survey for insurance company LV has found.

In the last five years, as many as 12% of Britons travelling abroad have visited risky destinations in more than 30 countries, and a further 8% are planning such trips.

The survey showed that nearly half (46%) had been crime victims. Problems have included stolen luggage, pickpocketing, corrupt officials looking for bribes and aggressive begging.

Almost 20% said they were bored with "predictable" resorts, while the same number had gone to avoid others, and 17% said the "holiday fear factor" was all part of the experience.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "As a nation we are getting more adventurous when it comes to our holidays, and although it's great to see new places, it's also very important that travellers understand the risks they face if they are going to a potentially dangerous destination.

"Foreign travel is so commonplace these days it's easy to get blase about travelling to places off the tourist trail, but we'd urge anyone going on holiday this summer to research their destination thoroughly and pay attention to the Government advice."

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