There are lies, damn lies and statistics. Take your guess as to what kills the most backpackers each year.
The number of ways that you can die are uncountable but not to great that you can’t bring a little imagination to the proceedings and start adding up how many travelers and backpackers bite the dust each year and go to travel heaven, where every hostel has hot showers, free breakfasts and Swedish Gap Year Travelers….
1. Road accidents (3,200 deaths per annum)
Once you get on the road you soon realize that most of the world has no idea how to drive. From Mexico to Morocco to Malaysia, the locals have such an inbuilt sense of machismo and fatalism that any wise traveler says a prayer before getting into a bus.
2. Murder (2,150 deaths per annum)
Whether backpackers wander into the wrong part of town, get involved with drug deals that go wrong or just refuse to pay their banana milkshake bill, it’s other humans they have to worry about the most.
3. Malaria (1700 deaths per annum)
Not content with delivering irritating bites and buzzing in your ears all night, mosquitoes also carry a variety of potentially fatal diseases, including malaria – and once it gets in your blood, it can keep coming back. Just like the travel bug.
4. Food Poisoning (1400 deaths per annum)
If someone can barely read or write, should they be preparing your dinner? Few travelers ask themselves that question but pay for it with amoebic dysentery or e coli afterwards. Then even the die-hard hippies turn to antibiotics.
5. Falling Coconuts (900 deaths per annum)Hushed up by the tourism business, all those tropical islands with swaying palms are actually death traps on windy days when the coconuts fall 30 feet to see if there’s any milk inside your nut.