According to government figures in the UK, more than 60,000 British travellers reported their passport lost or stolen abroad between April 2009 and March 2010.

(And it’s not just people going abroad, the Identity and Passport Service replaced more than 279,000 passports lost or stolen in the UK or abroad in the same period. The service advises people to take two photocopies of their passport, leaving one at home and keeping one separate from the passport when travelling. Actually looking after the original is a good idea too.)