Last Updated on May 21, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

City breaks are great for enjoying some time away and exploring a different city. However, an unexpected accident or injury can quickly ruin the experience. While it’s impossible to prevent all accidents, there are a few things you can do to stay safe and avoid injury while on holiday in a foreign city. Whether you’re travelling solo or with a group, follow our top tips for staying safe on your city break.

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Keep your belongings close

More than 400,000 pickpocketing incidents happen around the world every day. To avoid falling victim to pickpocketing on a city break, keep your belongings close, only have a limited amount of cash on your person and be aware in heavy crowds or at places like ticket machines to keep your hand on your bag and/or pocket. If you want to check a map or your phone, stand somewhere safe – not on the corner of a street where you are vulnerable. Better still, pop into a reasonably busy café or a hotel lobby.

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Stay alert

The most convenient and affordable way to get around a city is usually public transport but Remember that road traffic accidents are one of the major causes of injuries among British holidaymakers. Limit the risk of personal injury by staying alert when using trains, trams, buses and other methods of transport, and take extra care when crossing roads and driving as you’ll be less familiar with the rules of the road in a foreign city.

Top Tips for Staying Safe on your City Break

Avoid unsafe areas at night

Some areas of a city may be less safe than others, especially at night. Talk to the hotel staff for advice on which areas and streets you should avoid at night or at quieter times of the day, and plan your day around their recommendations.

Do your research

Researching things to do and see on your city break, ahead of your holiday, is all part of the experience. When planning your holiday, think about how you’ll stay safe while in a new place. Cities outside of the UK can have different laws and health and safety guidance, so it’s best to check details in advance to avoid unintentionally breaking the law and offending local citizens or getting hurt.

It’s also useful to familiarise yourself with your hotel or hostel’s health and safety information. This will help you to avoid injury and liability if you are involved in an accident.

Top Tips for Staying Safe on your City Break

Should the worst happen

If you do have an accident on holiday or suffer from an injury on your city break that was caused by someone else, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

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Disclaimer: This is a guest post. If you or a member of the family has been injured while on holiday, either in the UK or abroad, you may be eligible to make a holiday injury claim.


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