Making silly mistakes abroad is setting young Aussies back a billion bucks a year, according to new research by the Commonwealth Bank .
Every year, ‘Strayan travellers lose an average of AUD$880 with stolen cash and possessions, card fraud or missing a flight being the biggest money-gobbling fuck-ups.
theft is one of the biggest financial set backs experienced by globetrotters, with over two and a half million travellers having had money stolen whilst overseas in the past year.
While it ain’t news to anyone who has had their iPhone pick pocketed in Paris , almost two thirds of Aussies who experienced money misadventure (65%) have been a victim of some kind of crime (that’s two and a half million folks).
The crimes range from having money, cards, passports or possessions stolen (25%); being a victim of credit/debit card fraud (24%); being the victim of fraud when changing money into local currency (16%).
Relaxed and carefree, Gen Y are most likely to lose possessions while travelling (46%) or be impacted by a holiday misadventure, with 41% admitting a vacay-related accident in the past 12 months caused them stress.
The most alarming statistic, though, is the fact that we’re the least likely to be insured, with 68% of travellers adopting a nah, she’ll be right attitude to travel.
Moral of this story? Don’t be a dunce, get yourself an anti-theft fanny pack, leave your iPhone at home and roll with a Nokia … and your holidays will look a lil more like this: