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If you're squeezing in a last-minute summer break, you're probably counting down to the day you can jet off – but you could also be starting to feel slightly anxious about the whole thing. Pre-travel anxiety affects many of us, yet not everyone plans ahead to reduce that kind of stress.
Research from safe.co.uk shows that almost half (47%) of respondents feel anxious when they leave the house for their holidays, and one in three have to return home in order to check something. The most common pre-holiday panics are fears that they've forgotten something (64%) or that they've left taps dripping (11%), while 33% worry that they didn't lock the doors and windows, and 27% think they've left something switched on.
However, chaos can start long before travellers even set foot outside, with one in 10 having had to order an emergency passport, while 20% admit to jetting off without travel insurance. This shows that, while many holidaymakers often sweat the small stuff, they don't always give the serious issues the attention they deserve – which could mean they lose out in the long run.
Another thing many homeowners fail to take seriously is home security. Despite the panic of fearing they've left doors and windows unlocked, many don't take even the most basic of precautions, particularly when it comes to leaving spare keys.
Indeed, less than one in 10 respondents said they keep spare keys in a keysafe, instead opting to leave them with neighbours, hidden in plant pots and even under doormats, the latter two in particular meaning they're opening their home up to burglars.
Then there's the penchant for holiday selfies, which can put your home even more at risk. By posting snaps of your holidays on social media you're advertising to burglars that you're not at home, and if they can find a key under the doormat, your possessions are free for the taking – particularly as 37% of holidaymakers admit that they jet off without putting any home security in place.
If you want to reduce your chances of returning home to a ransacked house, it's worth spending time to make sure you've got the basics sorted. This means making sure you've got somewhere safe to store your spare keys – ideally a keysafe, the code for which you can tell to trusted friends or family members should an emergency hit – and you may want to look into things like burglar alarms and security lights.
Make sure you've got suitable travel insurance, too, and try to refrain from posting pictures of your travels until you're home – holidays are ideal times to properly switch off, after all – and hopefully you can minimise pre and post-holiday panics for a truly relaxing break.
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