‘Risky selfies’ the latest holiday danger

Risky selfies are proving to be the latest danger for the nation's travellers with research showing a fifth of Aussies will take a risk to get the perfect snap. Picture: Getty
Risky selfies are proving to be the latest danger for the nation's travellers with research showing a fifth of Aussies will take a risk to get the perfect snap. Picture: Getty

A PICTURE may be worth a thousand words, but when the cost could be your life, is getting the perfect holiday selfie worth it? One-fifth of Australian travellers say yes.

New research about the nation’s travel habits has found 18 per cent of Australian tourists have taken risks to snap a holiday photo.

Those risks include ignoring warnings, standing on cliffs and posing with wild animals.

Millennials were the worst culprits when it came to risky selfies. Picture: Getty

The research comes one year after an Australian was one of two people who fell to their deaths after reportedly trying to take a photo above a beach cliff in Portugal.

Millennials were the worst culprits when it came to risky selfies, with close to a third of the young adventurers likely to attempt a dangerous shot.

The research also found that men were more willing to take a risk for a picture-perfect memory with 25 per cent guilty compared to 10 per cent of women.

“Risky selfies” aside, the research commissioned by ING, found that more than half of Australian travellers were seeking holidays more focused on “relaxation”.

However, a staggering three-quarters of the nation’s travellers suffered an issue while on holidays like being conned out of money, struck down with food poisoning or having their flight cancelled.

The mishaps on average are estimated to cost travellers a whopping $1426.

ING’s surveyed 1001 Australians aged between 18 – 69 ahead of the launch of the bank’s travel insurance arm.