News Flash: Brit Travellers Warned Of Perils Of ‘Balconing’
In what seems like superfluous advice, British travellers to Spain have been warned not to take undue risks jumping from balconies when visiting the country. Seriously, people have to be told this?
It sounds like common sense to us, but when you combine the penchant among many young Brits for binge-drinking with the thrill of jumping into a hotel pool from a height, well, many can’t resist.
There have been a number of very serious accidents as a result of falls from balconies in recent years, with a number of Brits making the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for the sake of addled stupidity.
“Many of these incidents have involved British nationals under the influence of drink or drugs,” warns the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in updated advice.
“Your travel insurance may not cover you for incidents that take place while you’re under the influence of drink or drugs.” Can you blame them?
The UK foreign office also points out that some local Spanish councils will impose fines to those caught behaving irresponsibly on balconies or practising ‘balconing.’
Over 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year.