Tourists in trouble: More than 3 million Australians suffer travel mishaps
Millions of Aussies are running into trouble while travelling, according to new research by Finder.
A Finder survey of 1,110 respondents revealed almost 1 in 3 Australians (28%) – equivalent to 3.5 million people – suffered a travel mishap while abroad in the past 12 months.
The research shows 1 in 7 (14%) endured travel delays, while 8% lost personal items.
A disturbing 5% of Aussies were scammed while travelling overseas and 3% were the victim of theft.
Concerningly, 3% – equivalent to 377,275 people – ended up in hospital.
Gary Ross Hunter, travel insurance expert at Finder, said a surprising number of Australians run into trouble while out of the country.
"Aussies are flocking overseas but some dream holidays are turning into vacations from hell.
"People are left shocked and dismayed when their travel plans get disrupted. Without insurance you could end up with a huge bill you can't afford or worse."
The research found young holidaymakers were much more likely to get into strife overseas.
Almost half (44%) of gen Z and 41% of gen Y had endured a travel mishap in the past 12 months, compared with only 18% of gen X and 11% of baby boomers.
Hunter said travel insurance costs should be part of every traveller's budget.
"It's great to see so many people travelling again as the world recovers from the pandemic, but remember – travel can be risky.
"No one thinks anything bad will happen to them, but the research shows travel mishaps are quite common.
"While certain precautions can be taken, such as avoiding dangerous areas or keeping your personal belongings close, many things are beyond our control.
"Travel insurance can help reimburse you for non-refundable parts of your trip or help you if you're injured or face an emergency," Hunter said.
Finder recently revealed the winners of its Travel Insurance Awards 2023.
Southern Cross Travel Insurance took top gong for Best Travel Insurance - Comprehensive, while Fast Cover Travel Insurance was awarded Best Travel Insurance - Value.
|Have you experienced any of the following travel mishaps in the last 12 months?|
|I was scammed||5%|
|Theft (pickpocketed, items stolen from room)||3%|
|Ended up in hospital||3%|
|Missed my flight||3%|
|Credit card was skimmed||2%|
|Got in a car/motorbike accident||1%|
|I was mugged||1%|
|No, I have not had any travel mishaps||72%|
|Source: Finder survey of 1,110 Australians May 2023|
Learn more about Finder's Travel Insurance Awards 2023 here.