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Selfie safety tips for Aussie’s abroad by Chris White, CEO Southern Cross Travel Insurance

June 22, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

With cuts, bruises, broken bones, hospital visits and hefty fines topping the list of mishaps when things go awry, Chris White CEO for Southern Cross Travel Insurance shares his tips for being selfie safe abroad this National Selfie Day. 

Don’t selfie while driving

Using your phone while driving is dangerous as it is, yet surprisingly some tourists admit to taking selfies behind the wheel. In some places, you’ll also receive a fine if you’re caught using it. Putting safety before your selfie is key, it’s not worth risking your or anyone else’s health.

Avoid wild animals

Dangerous encounters with animals can be a common occurrence for travellers overseas. Avoid getting up close and personal with wild animals if there’s a chance they could turn vicious. Some animals can also pinch personal belongings while travellers are trying to get the perfect selfie.

Cultural sensitivity is key

Different destinations have sensitivities surrounding acceptable behaviour and photography at certain landmarks, particularly if they are religious or historical. Avoid offending the residents by reading up on the local etiquette and respecting the rules if photography or selfie sticks are prohibited.

Watch your wallet

While taking the perfect snap, it’s easy to forget your surroundings and the potential risks of leaving items out of sight. Ensure you’re aware of your personal items, being mindful that you’re not covered by insurance if something is stolen whilst left unattended.

Tech mishaps

With some Aussie tourists taking up to 40 selfies a day while on holiday, it’s important to keep your tech gadgets safe while making memories! Broken phones can result in lost memories and empty pockets, so take extra care of your belongings while travelling! With underwater selfies becoming increasingly popular, ensure you invest in a good quality water proof case so your belongings aren’t damaged. For the keen photographers, a good way to keep your tech safe is by investing in an anti-theft bag. This way, when you’re not snapping selfies you have nothing to worry about.

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