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Research reveals Aussies love of #foodporn costing travellers up to $200K

October 17, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

It’s no secret Aussies love food, so much so there’s now an entire day dedicated to it – World Food Day. To mark World Food Day today, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) is urging travellers to put their safety before their foodie escapades, with research revealing #foodporn is costing travellers up to $200K 

New research reveals the common culinary catastrophes abroad, and how their experimental eating overseas is leaving them with more than a dodgy tummy.

With the rising trend of Aussie’s jetting overseas for new foodie experiences, it’s no surprise some are putting themselves in hot water for their love of food.

Chris White, CEO of Southern Cross Travel Insurance, says:

“Holidays are a whirlwind of new people, places, experiences and food. As the research shows, Australia is a nation of foodies, with food and dining experiences becoming an increasingly popular part of many Aussies travel itineraries.

“However, with the promise of a tasty time, some travellers can get caught up in the experience and not look after their health, which can quickly turn into an expensive medical bill if they do not have the right insurance”

Key statistics

Aussies are willing to give anything a try on holiday

  • Food is a deal breaker for Aussies with 7% saying it’s critical to their holiday
  • 85% consider it an important factor when planning a holiday, with 37% selecting a destination purely for the food
  • 1 in 10 under 30’s consider food experiences a critical factor when choosing a holiday destination
  • 14% of Aussie millennials say they have had or would try grasshoppers while on holiday, compared to only a handful (3%) of over 65’s 

Foodie holidays are having a moment 

  • Underwater feasts, back alley dining, dining in the dark and treetop restaurants are just some of the foodie experiences Aussie travellers are embarking on overseas 

Hospitalisation, restaurant scams and terrible customer service are just some of the foodie fails highlighted by the research 

  • 1 in 10 Aussies have been hospitalised as a result of a bad food or drink experience
  • A staggering 27% Aussies said food and/or drink was the culprit for a bad overseas experience

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