Are You Asia's Most Unfortunate Traveler?

Search for Asia's Unfortunate Traveler, by Sompo Holdings Asia

Happy, excited and relaxed – these are some of the emotions that travelers should experience while on a well-deserved holiday. However, according to a recent study by Sompo Holdings Asia (Sompo Asia), the most common emotion is not one of these. In their research among 5,000 samples across 5 Asian countries, Sompo Asia found that 9 out of 10 travelers want to have intense experiences and enjoy things that break up the boredom of their day-to-day lives. However, many travelers do not think travel insurance is essential until they encounter an unfortunate incident that leaves them feeling helpless and distressed.




These travellers shares their unfortunate travel experiences:

JOVELYN MATEO - Travel & Lifestyle Blogger

"Naiwan ako ng plane, and that's the last flight going to Bohol that day. I had to book another flight to Cebu then go to Bohol via boat. I cancelled my booked accommodation and tours as well, because I arrived late in Bohol."





JANNI DAQUIGAN - Fooddie and Traveller

"We got lost while walking along the freeway in Brunei. It was Raya and there were no cars passing by."



ELAINE DOMINGO - Content Creator

"First time to travel and on my last day, I got stucked at Baguio's Park with only Php5.00 on-hand. I've asked my Mom to send me money via Cebuana Lhuillier, unfortunately they don'y accepted my school ID."


ANGELICA CORTEZ JOSE - Writer and Urban Explorer

"Our flight to Hong Kong got delayed by 4-hours. Then when we were preparing to land (circling around HK), we had to contend with high winds because of a storm so the pilot decided to just go back to the Philippines. We went back the next day to the airport to make our second attempt to get to HK, and we made it on time."






The search for Asia's Most Unfortunate Traveler is on!

NBCUniversal International Networks and Sompo Asia are on the lookout for ‘Asia’s Most Unfortunate Traveler’; someone who has had more than their fair share of unfortunate incidents while traveling.  Asia’s most unfortunate individual will win a trip to Japan where he or she will have the opportunity to turn their fortunes around while starring in their very own travel series, with the absolute peace-of-mind that comes with being protected by Sompo’s comprehensive Go JAPAN by TravelJoy insurance.

Search for Asia's Most Unfortunate Traveller, by Sompo Asia

The interactive social-led mini-series, Asia’s Most Unfortunate Traveler Japan Diaries will allow viewers to submit their stories and share their travel tips with our Unfortunate Traveler and series host Shizuka Anderson. The content will be featured in real-time through a daily video mini-series available on DIVA and E! across Facebook, Instagram and Instagram stories, where viewers will discover whether our Unfortunate Traveler can overcome his or her misfortune, and experience a memorable trip of a lifetime. The daily episodes will also be available on Sompo Asia’s Facebook and Instagram.




Turn your unfortunate travel experience to an spectacular one!

Do you have an unfortunate travel story to share? Or know someone else who’s been caught in a disastrous (but hilarious) situation abroad?  Share your unfortunate travel story at www.sompotraveljoy.com/gojapan or on Instagram with #sompogojapan.

Search for Asia's Most Unfortunate Traveller, by Sompo Asia

Search for Asia's Most Unfortunate Traveller, by Sompo Asia


Casting is open from now until 31 October 2019, with further details available at www.sompotraveljoy.com/gojapan.


From 1 November 2019, you can vote for the most deserving Unfortunate Traveler.



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50 comments :

  1. Thanks for the feature! I'd love to join this contest!!!

    Regards,
    Jovelyn
    https://jovelynbmateo.com

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    1. You're welcome! Don't forget to join the contests :D

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  2. We do travel to escape boredom. And not every travel experience has been perfect. Interesting to see the range of issues that others have faced when travelling. We have been robbed. My son had his walled stolen at a hostel. We have arrived on day later than we booked reservations for. And we have had to come home one week early (at our cost) when we got sick. I can’t imagine my plane being turned around and sent back home because of high winds.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your unfortunate travel experience. Yes not all travel are always sweet.

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  3. Oh my! Asia has been so welcoming to me and my friends on our travels, we never had any really bad issues.

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  4. I bet they are going to get some great stories from this. I can't wait to hear some of them so I can learn from their mistakes.

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  5. the pictures are just wow!! thank you for sharing all those account!!

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  6. I've never been to Asia, so I definitely won't win this contest but good luck to all the unlucky travelers!

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    1. You can join too! Maybe you will be chosen and win a round trip to Japan!

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  7. Oh dang i missed the deadline. Would have love to take a stab at this contest. But some of the experiences here were hilarious but im pretty sure they were stressful for the people who experienced them.

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  8. What a fun contest and a great way to remind everyone how important it is to be covered while traveling. The story about circling over Hong Kong in an airplane and then having to go back is crazy! I'd be so annoyed.

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    1. Aww that is true, but if its for safety then I would (slowly) understand.

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  9. any unfortunate things during the travel is part of the adventure!

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  10. What an interesting contest! I've traveled in Asia a lot and I've found that it works best for me to plan as little as possible. That way, when something inevitably goes wrong, I am flexible and can always find a way to work it out. Luckily, I have had no major problems while traveling in Asia and I actually kind of enjoy the little backfires, like a bus that's delayed or a boat that's cancelled. It forces you to be creative and adventurous.

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    1. You are a creative traveler, and can turn cons to pros!

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  11. This is a great idea for a competition and it is interesting to read the stories. I’ve missed flights and had various issues on my travels but mishaps make it an adventure I say! When I was in the Philippines, the boats that were mentioned in the rough Guide to get from one island to another weren't available so we chartered our own plan... that was fun! I look forward to reading more about Asia’s most unfortunate travellers.

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    1. That is amazing! Hope you had so much fun during your stay here in the Philippines :D

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  12. Thanks for sharing these information. I would love to submit my story too.However, I believe that none of your travel trip is an unfortunate event unless you make it one.

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    1. Yay you must join! That free trip to Japan is a cool prize!

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  13. It looks like you had a wonderful time and stopped at several beautiful spots.

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  14. I'm not sure I have unfortunate travel stories to share, but lemme think.....................

    Well, in 2004 we were coming home from New York and San Francisco and when we arrived in Manila, we were told that our baggages were left and will arrive on the next flight. HA! We had to come back the next day, stand at the same conveyor belt, and claim our bags.

    Not very unfortunate, I think. But anyway, we had to wait to give my parents our pasalubong!

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  15. This is awesome! Well, this is the perfect example on how we try to make something positive out of the negatives. Though I personally do not have an experience that might win in this competition, I am looking forward to see the entries and hear their stories. This is very exciting. :)

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    1. I don't have (yet) unfortunately travel experience, and am actually looking forward to it :D

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  16. Aaawww man! I'd love to enter, but I donhave any diaster stories! Haha

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  17. I live in Japan and I never had a unfortunate event in traveling around the country. I just am lucky.

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  18. I would love to live in Asia. Many times, I wish I would have pursued teaching English as a career so I could have went worked overseas

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    1. There are still many opportunities here in Asia if you want to teach English language. Like in China, there are many who teaches English language online, and it is an in-demand opportunities.

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  19. This is enlightening and fun to read at the same time. Not that I am happy about your unfortunate experiences. I missed the due date but is it unfortunate enough that I sat beside a passenger long haul with flatulence and no insurance covers that!

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    1. This is the reason why we should invest on travel insurance :)

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  20. I have tons of 'unfortunate' experiences traveling. One time, my flight going home to the Philippines from Japan left me. I had to rebook and stay in the airport for 5 hours. Hahaha! There was also a time when my I forgot my luggage combination! They don't have TSA in the airport so I spent the evening manually trying all the combinations!

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    1. Ohh that is unfortunate, but now you are smiling and that is good :)

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  21. i should have joined this contest. my daughter caught chicken pox upon our arrival in taiwan. and our supposedly trips to tourist destinations turned into hospital errands.

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  22. I've had some pretty crazy adventures in Asia, but I don't think anything like mentioned above, and I'm very grateful for that, haha!

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  23. I have traveled a lot in Asia and I have been lucky enough that I never had to face any unfortunate experience. Fingers Crossed!!!!

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  24. This is a really cool contest! I wish I had an unfortunate travel so I could enter.

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    1. This will be your opportunity to use your unfortunate experience into something - like free trip!

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  25. A very fun and unique contest but I was just checking that who will take photo in an unfortunate situation. Like this contest requires photo and I found it very funny as in crisis our mind does not work enough to take pictures. I am looking forward to read some more stories as with some of them I can relate myself.

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    1. Sometimes, those unfortunate events are the those that is hard to forget :D

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