Speaking to Express.co.uk, Sam Willan, global vice president of marketing for StudentUniverse, revealed that there are some key destinations where vacationers should “take extra care”.
He explained: “While theft can happen anywhere in the world, there are some places where you need to be more wary than others.
“Larger cities that are tourist hotspots are often popular pickpockets — think Barcelona, Paris, and Rome.”
Recent research by money.co.uk found that Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas was the “worst” holiday hotspot in the world for pickpockets.
The city’s famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, was also on the list at number 10.
Likewise, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, Louvre, and Notre-Dame de Paris were also listed as notable areas where pickpockets can strike.
In Rome, the study cited both the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum as areas to watch out for against thieves.
Sam continued: “When abroad, be extra careful in Buenos Aires, Hanoi and Bangkok, but it’s important not to be complacent wherever you are in the world.
“You should always be extra careful in high-traffic areas, such as train or bus stations, busy tourist attractions, markets and shopping centers.”
Passengers must ‘avoid’ certain clothing if they want a free upgrade [INSIGHT]
Dress code drama cruise vacation if passenger doesn’t get ‘problem’ [COMMENT]
‘Butlins on water’ Cruise holiday debate rages over pollution [REPORT]
How to protect yourself from pickpockets
According to Sam, there are a few ways you can make your stuff “pickpocket-proof,” including choosing the right bag and storing valuables properly.
He explained, “Our best tip would be to wear a crossbody robe (with zippers) and don’t keep valuables in your pockets. Zip them away in your bag instead.”
High-quality items, however, are better left off your holiday packing list.
Sam added: “For really valuable items like jewelry, our advice would be to think about whether you really need to take it with you.
“In most cases, we recommend leaving jewelry at home. If you can’t, insurance is a must.”
While it may seem like just another expense, and one you hope not to use, travel insurance is absolutely essential for any trip.
Gov.uk is urging Britons to always take out appropriate travel insurance before going on holiday, not just for unexpected medical care but also to cover their belongings.
Sam added: “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of traveling with insurance, especially for any medical issues that might arise.
“When it comes to valuable items, it gives travelers that extra peace of mind that their items are covered in all worst-case scenarios.”