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Travel Tip: What are the Real Threats When You’re Traveling Abroad?

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Image Credit: Barry Peters

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What are the real threats to your safety when you vacation? Shark attack? Getting hit by lightning? Disease? The answers might surprise you.

The U.S. State Department tracks the number of American deaths while traveling overseas, as well as the causes.

One of the biggest threats to vacationers: car crashes overseas.

It makes sense—you’re driving an unfamiliar car on unfamiliar roads.

On top of that, more than 100 Americans drowned while on vacation.

But what’s one of the largest fears? Shark attack.

A shark attack may constitute a real fear, but it’s not a real problem.

How many people were actually killed by sharks last year? Zero.

What’s one of the leading causes of American deaths while traveling overseas? I like to call it weapons of self destruction—the selfie.

More than 73 people died while taking extreme selfies in the first eight months of this year, and that’s up from 39 selfie deaths in all of 2015.

The majority of the selfie victims fell from buildings or mountains.

Other travelers tried to take selfies while standing on train tracks or while posing with firearms.

Men accounted for 76 percent of selfie-related deaths…and no sharks were seen in any of the photos.

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