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'Men get hurt more during holiday'

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Holidays can be more dangerous for men than women, with a survey showing that males are more likely to hurt themselves during a vacation.

Around 34% of men say they have been hurt during a holiday, while only 11% of women reported injuries, according to online travel agent sunshine.co.uk.

Nearly a fifth of travellers (19%) do not take out travel insurance before holidaying, with 41% of them considering it "unnecessary" and 32% doing it to save money.

A major cause of injury is slipping by the poolside and falling down while drunk, the survey of 1,956 people suggested.

Road accidents, water sport injuries and skiing falls are other popular causes.

Travelling Britons were found to be most prone to diseases like food poisoning, sunstroke and tummy upsets. Jetlag and altitude sickness also troubled them.

Chris Brown, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, said: "Unfortunately, illness and injury on holiday can be all too common.

"We weren't expecting to see such a high number of respondents admit to going on holiday without insurance in the past and hope this is something people will reconsider after seeing our research results."

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