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The funniest, most 'Aussie' insurance claims made by travellers

Australia Day can get pretty wild, as too, it seems, can Aussie antics abroad – and their subsequent insurance claims.  


For our amusement, Allianz Travel has compiled some of the funniest, Aussie-centric claims from travellers over the past three years. 



And with more Australians travelling than ever before (around 10 million between 2016 and 2017 alone), there were no shortage of selections. Throw another shrimp on the barbie? It'll be safer than a wayward steak... 


- The skip bin slumber involved an Aussie who, after failing to get their hotel room key to work, decided to sleep in a skip bin (though we’re pretty sure it’s not called a skip bin overseas). Of course, the bin was emptied into a garbage truck the next day, while the traveller was taken to hospital. At least he wasn’t compacted. 


- In a bizarre barbeque accident, an Australian tourist suffered an eye injury after being hit by a flying steak. Was that a rib-eye?


- Where sparks might fly … another barbecue-related incident involved an Aussie who hung their tent out to dry a little too close to their neighbour’s grill – and was left with a Swiss tent (i.e. one with a lot of holes in it).


- In a case that sounds more appropriate for a European backpacker, an Australian was left with lobster legs after the traveller forgot to apply sunscreen during a rest break on a tour of a local village. And it was bad enough to claim on.


- This tourist must have been so attached to their mobile phone that they went for a swim in the ocean, and then had a shower with it still in their pocket. Wave goodbye to your iPhone


“Coming from a culture where the great outdoors is part of everyday life, it’s no surprise that many Aussies want to enjoy their favourite pastimes when abroad, like camping and barbecuing,” Allianz Travel chief marketing officer Damien Arthur said.


“While Australians are renowned for having a laid back nature, as these claims demonstrate, it’s important to exercise caution at all times, no matter the situation.


“If you experience an incident and require help or medical assistance, inform your travel insurance policy provider immediately.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 31 January 2018

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