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The Selfie That Cost One Young Traveler $20,000

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If you don't have a photo of it, it pretty much didn't happen.

Our social media and selfie obsession has never been higher, News.com.au reports we take an average of up to 40 selfies per day while we're on holiday, according to new research from Southern Cross Travel Insurance.

But this obsession of ours is landing a number of us in a spot of bother overseas, just ask 21-year-old Dylan Catzikiris from Newcastle.

Speaking to News.com.au, Dylan, who was in Canada for about nine months working in a children's camp, revealed, "My friends and I were going out to dinner one night and when we were walking around the streets, I saw a shopping trolley. I wasn’t thinking properly and thought it would be a good idea to ride in it."

"Other people were videoing me but I was also taking a selfie at the time. As I was doing that, the trolley hit a gutter and I went flying. I broker my collar bone very badly, it almost came out of the skin."


Due to the injury, Dylan was admitted to hospital where he spent five days awaiting surgery, costing about $15,000-$20,000.

The cost of the broken collar bone was fortunately covered by the young travelers travel insurance, but he'd clearly have been out of pocket thousands of dollars had he not had insurance, or insufficient cover like many others do.

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