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Did you hear that one about... The wacky or the serious, there are a million and one reasons to make sure you have travel insurance

uestion: What is there in common between a fellow losing his false teeth overboard while being seasick on an Atlantic cruise; a family unable to remember where they’d buried their video camera “for safety” on a beach in England while they went swimming; and a farmer who lost his mobile phone up the back end of one of his cows while using the phone’s light as he assisted her in calving? Or even more outrageously, a young lady in England who reckoned her mobile phone failed while she was using it in vibrator mode as an adult toy; a tourist in Athens who broke his nose walking into a bus shelter corner post while ogling young ladies in bikinis; and a bloke who suffered a heart attack in a brothel in West Africa – and complained he’d not got his money’s worth? Answer: They all claimed on their travel insurance – and remarkably all but the bloke in West Africa had their claims paid. These bizarre tales are but a miniscule example of the thousands of weird and

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A UK farmer claimed on his insurance after losing his phone in his cow’s rear end while assisting it give birth. Photo: CowLocale

wacky claims that pour into insurance companies world-wide daily, alongside the more serious that remind us to never leave home without travel insurance. Grant Waldeck from major Australian insurance comparison website, comparethemarket.com.au says too many travellers fail to take out travel insurance suited to their individual needs; make the wrong choice by doing so on price alone; or worse, don’t take out travel insurance at all. And he quotes some worrying facts, including how 1.2-million Australians are victims of identity theft every year. Mr Waldeck also says that traffic accidents are the number one cause of death of international travellers. Also, be aware of the health dangers of swimming on polluted beaches… amazingly the UK has 50 such beaches currently threatened with closure, and in the US there’s at least one polluted beach in every coastal state. And there are places you actually need keep watch for pirates. “While the risk is low, areas in which to be wary include India, the Western Maldives and Madagascar. And petty theft is common in these regions on local boats,” he said. For useful guidance about insurance visit www.comparethemarket.com.au.

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