Backpackers – such as those going on gap year holidays to India – are not as careful as they should be with their money, one expert has said.

Backpackers – such as those going on gap year holidays to India – are not as careful as they should be with their money, one expert has said.

Tom Griffiths, founder of gapyear.com, said that such travellers often carry their money and bank cards as they would at home, without considering that they may be more at risk of theft in a foreign country.

“People are more at risk in the built up areas because when you get there you’re a bit jetlagged – you’re just trying to find your feet so you are in a more vulnerable position at that point,” he added.

Mr Griffiths advised people on backpacking trips that they should have a money belt and should split their cash so that it is not all kept in the same place.

Recent research from American Express found that 16 per cent of travellers think the best place to store cash is in their jeans pocket, while another 12 per cent said they would put all their cash in their rucksack or handbag, both primary targets for thieves.

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