The next time you’re on vacation drinking a cocktail by the pool and the urge to post on social media overwhelms you, think again. It could cost you thousands.
We have all been there. You’re relaxing on a beach, a mimosa in your hand, feeling pretty glad you’re not back in the office. You obviously reach for your phone to post a quick selfie so you can pass it on to your friends back home.
But you might want to think twice about this message of social jubilation.
Experts have warned that tourists who post vacation snaps online could lose thousands of dollars – due to fine print on their home insurance.
Indeed, if your accommodation is burglarized during your holidays, the fact that you have shown that your accommodation is empty could invalidate your insurance, The sun reports.
A 2019 survey found that one in 12 people in the UK have been robbed after bragging on social media, having marked their location as away from home.
UK finance expert Holly Bennett of NerdWallet, said caution should be exercised with social media.
“At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, you could create easy pickings for would-be thieves while your home is unoccupied,” she told WalesOnline.
“If you’re making a claim after a break-in that happened while you were away and the insurer checks your profile, those social media posts may not help your case.”
Other experts have also spoken of the risk it entails.
Ruby Gonzalez, Communications Director of NordVPN, previously said Cosmopolitan“While it’s fun to post vacation photos and let everyone know you’re having a cocktail on a sunny beach, it sends a clear signal to burglars that your house is empty.”
Travel insurer ABTA currently warns: “Be careful what you write or photos you share on social media, which could identify you as being on vacation.”
If you want to share photos, it’s best to do so after you return from your trip.
Or if you desperately want to share the footage while traveling, make sure your accounts are private or only for friends and family.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission