People about to set off on gap years or other holidays should ensure they keep their money safe to avoid the stress of falling victim to theft.

People about to set off on gap years or other holidays should ensure they keep their money safe to avoid the stress of falling victim to theft.

This is according to American Express Travellers Cheques, following a survey the company carried out recently.

The firm found that one in ten respondents keep all their money in a rucksack or handbag, while eight per cent reported keeping cash in their underwear.

Those aged 18-24 were more likely to keep money in their back pockets than the over-55s, while men were more likely to feel safe with money in their pockets than women.

Sarah Harrison, director of American Express Traveller Cheques, commented: “By carrying all of your cash in your pocket, you could be asking for trouble as if something happens to it, you may be left in the lurch.”

Many people going on gap years book flights to Australia, which is widely seen as one of the best destinations for such a trip.

The country is famed for its laid-back lifestyle, beaches and outstanding scenery and paid work is available if necessary, Realgap.co.uk reports.

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