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Study: Latvian residents worried the most about traffic accidents when travelling

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen travelling abroad, Latvian residents are afraid the most of ending up in a traffic accident (56%), fall ill (54%) or become injured (53%), according to results of a study performed by If Insurance.

Only 7% of all travellers admit not being afraid of anything. Men and women are worried more or less about the same things. However, women are worried more than men about losing their luggage or getting lost. The study shows that Lithuanians are the most worrisome travellers in Baltic States. 72% of travellers there admit fearing traffic accidents and 67% fear getting robbed. Estonians are usually less worried about travelling than their southern neighbours. Nevertheless, travellers from this country are more often worried about losing their luggage (63%).

Youngsters in Latvia are considerably more concerned about the travel process and safety of their luggage and other things, less so about their own safety or health. 56% of youngsters under the age of 25 are worried about losing their luggage during travel. Other risks include cancellation of flights, as well as the possibility of being robbed. Older residents are more worried about their health and getting injured during travel.  Every third traveller is worried about getting lost in an unfamiliar area. Only 11% of travellers older than 45 are worried about getting lost.

Problems during travel also differ based on the type of travel, season and destination. ‘Resorts located in exotic countries present the risk of sunstroke or overheating; children also often get injured near pools. Food poisonings are also a common risk in exotic countries. Most often medical treatment is performed in private medical institutions located at the resort,’ explains If Insurance product manager Endijs Melecis.

«We’ve noticed lately that delays or cancellation of flights is also a big problem. Reasons can vary greatly: technical problems, weather conditions, etc. There was one case when a flight was cancelled because not enough tickets were sold,» says Senior Insurance Claim Regulator Inga Draule.

According to information from If Insurance, people most often get sick or get injured during travel. The second most often problem people face during travel is missing or damaged luggage. The third problem is delayed or cancelled flights. Traffic accidents are rare, data shows – only 1% of travellers suffer from this problem.

If Insurance performed the study in cooperation with Norstat. More than 1,000 respondents across the Baltic States participated in it.


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