Another common concern before embarking on a trip that involves international travel is the worry that some form of violence may inadvertently happen. Everything from robberies to physical altercations resulting in bodily harm can cause a traveler to stress out about their holiday destination. But according to a recent study, both these worries pale in comparison to the biggest safety threat to international travelers: road accidents. The study found that between 2003 and 2009, more Americans died as the result of crashes involving cars or motorcycles than from any event related to crimes or terrorist attacks. A lot of money has been spent over the past decade to educate travelers about the risks associated with violent crimes when traveling abroad. These initiatives appear to have worked as the number of homicides that have taken the lives of travelers has been significantly reduced. Likewise, initiatives aimed at educating people about the dangers of infectious diseases or other medical health risks abroad have also been largely successful. After measuring deaths per one million visits to a country by American travelers, the research team found some interesting results. There were 5,417 unnatural deaths during the six-year study period. What accounted for these deaths?… Read full this story
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