British travellers booking cheap flights abroad are putting themselves at risk by not taking out adequate insurance and failing to prepare properly.
This is according to the Foreign Office’s latest British Behaviour Abroad report, which revealed that millions of British travellers experience preventable problems while travelling overseas.
Based on figures obtained between April 2009 and March this year, there were over 27,000 instances of lost or stolen passports abroad – by far the most common problem.
Serious incidents including road traffic accidents, arrests related to drink and drugs and high repatriation bills were also recorded.
Jeremy Browne, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister, said the report "shines a light" on how many Brits find themselves in trouble while abroad.
"The worrying fact is that so many of these situations are preventable," he commented.
"Helping out Britons in trouble abroad is part of our job, but we can’t get you out of jail or pay your hospital bills."
Last summer, Nils Usakovs, the mayor of the Riga, the Latvian capital, said that the behaviour of some British tourists was discouraging other travellers from visiting the city.