Terrorists have targeted many popular holiday hotspots for Brits in recent years.
As popular tourist countries are elevated to the ‘high terror threat’ list, it’s more important than ever to consider the safety of your destination.
A staggering 97 per cent of Brits say safety and security is their top concern when choosing their holiday destination, according to a recent Travelzoo study.
To make matters worse, 40 per cent think British holidaymakers are the most targeted by terrorists.
But picking the ideal location isn’t the only consideration when it comes to avoiding potential danger on holiday.
There are certain times of year that are safer than others, for jetting off on your well-earned break.
Frank Brehany from holiday watchdog HolidayTravelWatch told Express.co.uk: “If it were possible to travel out of peak periods, this could introduce an element of reducing such a risk because of a lack of tourist activity in one resort or another.”
While travelling in low season can cut down risk, it’s important to note that these dates change depending on the destination you’re visiting.
Throughout Europe, June through to August is generally seen as the high season, with November through to March considered off-peak – but this isn’t a standardised rule.
Mr Brehany explained: “Some holidaymakers will no doubt look further afield during the UK ‘off-peak’ season, but that does not mean of course that within a different time-zone or continent, that they do not have a different peak period to the UK, which could attract similar terror risks.”
Researching the different seasons in the destinations you’re considering can help to pick the safest spot.
Mr Brehany said: “Whilst I encourage all holidaymakers to examine destinations and periods that they intend to travel, it has now become more vital than ever that when planning your holiday, consumers should become their own ‘risk assessors’.”
Relying on the UK government’s foreign travel advice is no longer enough, according to Mr Brehany.
He advised travellers to “fully research any destination, no matter what time of year they intend to travel, to determine that risk”.
In these difficult times, holidaymakers could be forgiven for thinking that it is almost impossible to find a safe destination
If travelling at low season is simply not an option, there are still plenty of safe holiday options to choose from.
Mr Brehany said: “In these difficult times, holidaymakers could be forgiven for thinking that it is almost impossible to find a safe destination.
“In light of what has happened in recent years, it would seem that beach areas, areas of antiquity, large scale events or travel hubs at peak times, have become targets.
“Whilst it is tempting to label all destinations as unsafe, it would not do justice to some areas that have seemingly escaped unscathed but are nonetheless labelled as unsafe because of their geographic location.”