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3 worst places to get sick without international travel insurance

The last thing that’s on your mind when you set off for an international holiday is that you might get sick or injured - that’s why travel insurance is important so you can enjoy your time overseas with the added peace of mind that you’re covered if the unexpected happens.

But where are the worst (and unfortunately all too common) places Aussies get sick overseas?

Bali belly and bug bites 
Bali is a firm favourite as a holiday destination for many Aussies - and you can see why with its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and friendly locals. But what happens if you get sick or injured in Bali?

Bali belly is a common complaint amongst travellers to the idyllic island. But you can take steps towards preventing it by not drinking the tap water and not having ice cubes in your drinks. Choose instead bottled water and other bottled or canned drinks. Steer clear of raw food (including salads) and undercooked food.

Insect-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria are also found in Bali (like many other tropical destinations) and you need to take precautions to protect yourself from these serious illnesses. Always be sure to use insect repellent and cover up as much as possible when you’re out and about. Also if where you’re staying is not mosquito proof, you’ll be wise to sleep with a specially treated mosquito net.

Terrific Thailand, terrible typhoid 
Thailand is a beautiful and exciting country to explore and experience. From the beaches and resorts of Phuket and the bustling city of Bangkok to the many ancient temples and ruins, there is so much to see and do in Thailand.

But there are also known health risks that you can and should prepare for, including typhoid, hepatitis, leptospirosis, tuberculosis, measles and mumps. Before you even arrive in Thailand, be sure to see your doctor and get your vaccine shots to protect you from the more common illnesses that you might encounter.

And if you’re the adventurous type, don’t take off on a motorbike or a jet ski without the right skills and preparation. Travel insurance may not cover you if you are not licensed to ride a motorbike, which means you could be liable for the costs associated with injuries to yourself or that you might cause others, as well as your liability for property damage. Don’t let a bump on a bike put a dent in your budget!

Fabulous Fiji, not-so-fun fever 
Fiji is another popular holiday destination for Aussies, which is famous for its beautiful blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches.   

But as in Bali, malaria, dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases are present so always take sensible precautions like using insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Hospital bills and flights home 
In all three countries, the public hospitals and medical services are generally not as well equipped as those in Australia. So if you get seriously sick or injured you may need to be flown home (medically repatriated) to Australia, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

Bupa Travel Insurance includes coverage for medical costs which you may incur if the unexpected happens overseas*. So the question you need to ask yourself is not do you really need travel insurance, it’s can you afford not to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance? To find out more information about Bupa Travel Insurance cover you can compare travel insurance options here.

* see Product Disclosure Statement for details of terms and conditions, limits and exclusions that apply.