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Backpackers reckless with contents of their bags

17th July 2012 Print

More than half (54%) of travellers carry contents worth over £500 in their backpacks but few take out travel insurance to protect them in the event of loss.

60%of those surveyed admitted they don’t bother with travel insurance with the majority claiming it was a waste of money.

This is according to a survey of 505 people by Generator Hostels, Europe’s fastest growing hostel chain.

Luckily, the majority of those questioned have not experienced the theft of their belongings. Of those questioned, only one in five had their belongings stolen and the total value was typically under £50.

Those surveyed said that the item that they would miss the most was their passport (27%) with mobile phones coming in a close second (24%).

“With thousands of students about to head off travelling for the summer, we wanted to highlight how valuable the contents of some travellers backpacks are and how they should take actions to keep their valuables safe,” said Julia Luker at Generator Hostels

“We understand why some people may not choose to take out travel insurance when going away, and with this in mind we have created a number of guidelines to help travellers ‘stay safe’ this summer and ensure that their belongings are secure.”

Generator Hostels Stay Safe This Summer Tips

S Stay in groups or pairs when travelling
T Travel light to limit the danger of loss
A Always take a padlock so your bag can be safely secured
Y Yes isn’t always the right answer. Don’t do things abroad that you wouldn’t do at home

S Security at hostels/hotels is essential, 24-hour is best
A Avoid mobile roaming charges by using local SIMs to keep in touch
F Familiarise yourself before you head out at night so you know how to get home
E Ensure you keep an eye on your belongings in public places

About Generator Hostels

Generator Hostels is Europe’s fastest growing hostel chain.

With hostels located in Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London and Venice, Generator Hostels has over 4,500 beds in Europe and attracts over 1.2million visitorsfrom around the world each year. Adding to the chain will be a hostel in Barcelona, and another hostel in Berlin Mitte, both in 2013.

Offering guests everything they need to stay entertained, each hostel has a famous Generator bar and travel desk where visitors can get free advice and book excursions.Additional facilities include luxury female dorms, en-suite rooms, single sex dorms as well as bed linen and free Wi-Fi in communal areas. Generator Hostels take the security of their guests seriously. There is 24-hour security and reception is open around the clock. Guests can now instantly book a bed with Generator Hostels’ award-winning IPhone app.

Visit to find out more.