Far Out Friday: 10 most ridiculous travel claims

U.K. travelers have not only filed for some amusing insurance claims, but were occasionally even compensated for them

Insurance News


For many, summertime means vacation time. For insurers, it can mean some strange claims arriving on their desk from vacationers who have found themselves in strange situations.

Here is the top 10 list of the most ridiculous claims ever made, compiled by the U.K.’s Telegraph:

10. Two holidaymakers in Devon filed a claim for damage to the paintwork of their car after it was licked by a herd of cows.

9. Two children in Cornwall buried their parents’ video camera in the sand to prevent it from being stolen while they went swimming, but could not remember where. Thankfully, the insurers paid out.

8. “A deer head-butted the windscreen of my car, after being enticed by the yellow tax disc (comparable to a renewal sticker),” another insurance claims form read.

7. A young British traveller, distracted by the appearance of a group of women in bikinis, broke his nose when he walked into a bus shelter in Athens. The insurance company paid up for the hospital bills.

6. A couple on their holiday in Malaysia returned to their lodge to find that monkeys had stolen their clothes and scattered them all across the neighbouring rainforest. Fortunately, their insurance company paid their claim.

5. A family’s camping holiday in Wales was ruined when a parachutist from a nearby airbase landed on their tent, destroying their equipment. Their insurer rejected their claims.

4. A skier who arrived in an Alpine resort only to find there was very little snow, claimed for the cost of the new skis she had bought before leaving Britain. Her claims were rejected.

3. A holidaymaker in Sri Lanka needed hospital treatment after a coconut fell on her head while she was reading in the shade below. Her insurer covered her medical expenses.

2. A bride's dream Caribbean wedding was ruined after her dress caught fire on the barbecue. The groom picked up his wife and threw her into the ocean. Fortunately, they had taken out wedding cover and were compensated for their ruined wedding outfits.

1. A pensioner, whose false teeth fell out while he vomited over the side of a cruise ship, put in a claim to his travel insurers for new dentures under “lost baggage.”

Keep up with the latest news and events

Join our mailing list, it’s free!