We humans like to fret. We go on vacation and worry that all manner of evil things will happen to us. Plane crashes. Shark attacks. Homicides in Mexico. Catching norovirus on a cruise ship. Pirate kidnappings.
And yet, how likely are any of these travel scenarios? In What are the Odds, a new slide show on Bing Travel, we look at the statistical odds of dying from various things that frighten us. You may be surprised to learn, for example, that only one person on average is killed annually in the United States by sharks. Meanwhile, about 34,700 motor-vehicle fatalities occurred in the United States in 2010, making deadly motor-vehicle accidents a far more likely cause of death for Americans last year than dying because of a domestic airline crash, norovirus infection or being murdered in Mexico.
Do the statistics surprise you? What might you do differently knowing these odds? Post a comment below.
Robin Dalmas is a travel writer, editor and producer for Bing Travel.