The world’s riskiest destination for travelers might surprise you
According to report based on insurance claims, Thailand is the riskiest place on earth for travelers.
Data from a study conducted by UK-based insurance company Endsleigh has revealed that last year almost 23 percent of travel insurance claims to the provider was made in Thailand.
Following in joint second were Chile and the US with 15 percent of all claims made here.
Spain, Germany, Nepal, and Peru each held eight percent of the total claims made, while Bahamas and Brazil came in the least risky with just four percent of claims.
But it’s worth remembering insurance claims can be anything from slightly damaged baggage to emergency medical expenses and all the lost items in between.
What were the claims?
11 percent of all claims made to the insurer was for lost or damaged baggage, four percent for dental expenses and just two percent for missed departures.
71 percent of all travel claims made in 2017 were for emergency medical expenses with the average bill ringing in at US$1,750.
Not a cost you would want to be lumbered with.
However, the study also revealed 22-year-olds made the riskiest travelers, accounting for 63 percent of claims.
And given that Thailand is popular among the millennial demographic, the study’s results are nothing to be shocked about.
Thailand is a nation known for its enticing party scene, scrumptious food, and Instagram-worthy beaches. And the new data shouldn’t deter travelers from exploring it in all it’s splendor, just a little more care should be taken.
Whether its renting scooters, partaking in extreme sports or even just falling asleep on a bus and not shutting a bag properly, taking a few extra precautions could render that inexpensive travel insurance unneeded – the best way to use it.
“Travelling in a foreign country is exciting, but there can be risks involved, particularly when you’re not familiar with the destination,” Endsleigh head of marketing Julia Alpan said in a statement.
“As well as staying safe, it’s important to do your research ahead of your trip to make sure you’re covered with the correct travel insurance.”
Each of the top 10 nations featured on the world’s riskiest list is a firm favorite among travelers which naturally increases how many people visit them, raising the chances of a few travelers needing to use their insurance.
However, none of these nations carry foreign office warnings, so you’re good to go.
Just make sure you purchase some travel insurance before you head off.
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