Aon Affinity Travel Practice Blog


Aon Affinity Travel Practice Blog

How to Make 2018 the Year for Travel

Jan 3, 2018 | by Aon

Whether your typical New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, get organized or get a new hobby, most people use the New Year as a moment to reflect on what they value most and what habits they want to change to reach their goals. Building travel into your annual plans can check a number of resolutions off the list – from getting fit for that upcoming ski trip to realigning the savings budget to afford that dream beach vacation or orchestrating a cultural experience to share with the whole family.

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Holiday Travel Safety Advice

Dec 6, 2017 | by Aon

The number of long distance trips (50 miles or more) Americans take rises by nearly 25 percent during the December holiday travel season, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While the majority of them intend to travel by car, many will be jet setting to visit family or savor sand and sun. Wherever those travels may take you this holiday season, our experts have some safety advice to help travelers be the wisest of men and women.

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Grand Advent Festivities Await in Austria

Dec 6, 2017 | by Aon

Starting in November, Europe’s cities big and small convert their plazas and pedestrian centers into glittering fests lined with stalls and bustling with locals and tourists sipping, shopping and snacking day and night.

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Smart Preparations for Today’s Adventure Traveler

Nov 15, 2017 | by Aon

If you think the realm of adventure travel only applies to bungee jumping, rock-climbing 20-somethings, think again. The appeal of active travel is varied in terms of the experiences travelers can explore, and the ages and types of travelers it attracts.

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Home Care Checklist Before Traveling

Oct 4, 2017 | by Aon

Whether leaving for several weeks or just a few nights, you’re likely busy in the days and weeks before your trip – working to double-check plans and get all the necessities packed. But what about everything you leave behind?

Just as you make plans for childcare or pets before departing on a vacation, plan for some home care too. That way, you’re more likely to come home to find your place just as you left it.

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License to Honeymoon

Jul 13, 2017 | by Aon

Today’s brides and grooms are spending three times more on the average honeymoon (or in some cases, honeymoons) than a U.S. adult typically spends on vacation. It’s no surprise that expectations are high, and a far cry from the simple resort weekend earlier generations were more likely to take following their nuptials. Whether a dream European tour, high adventure escapades in Asia or an eco-tourism escape in Australia, today’s honeymooners have a lot on the line and need to plan accordingly.

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Study Abroad Smarts for Today’s Student Travelers

Jul 13, 2017 | by Aon

Participation in study abroad programs has tripled in the last two decades, largely because the millennial generation has explored these programs in higher numbers than any generation before them, according to a 2015 Open Doors report by the Institute for International Education. The ability to learn lessons about globalism, international relations and cultural differences are just a few of the reasons the number of U.S. students abroad is at a record high.

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Where to Soak in a Long Weekend - 4th of July Destinations

Jun 21, 2017 | by Aon

Pack up the duffel bags, dust off the coolers. One of America’s annual road trip weekends cracks open extra time to experience all the country has to offer. Here are some of the best long-weekend getaways to explore – from sea to shining sea.

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Retiring Into a Life of Travel
How Retirees Can Maximize their Travel Time

Jun 16, 2017 | by Aon

Travel is a rite of passage for retirees who have outgrown the trappings of work or childrearing and have built up a nest egg to take on those travel experiences they’ve been craving. According to a report from Merrill Lynch, 95 percent of retirees would rather spend their money on experiences, than buy new things. Luckily, modern conveniences have made planning and travel to even the most exotic places more accessible and easier to manage for retirees seeking new travel adventures. But all those travel dreams can come with some unique challenges for retirees.

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Pet Travel Tips: Hitting the Road with Your Best (Furry) Friend

Apr 13, 2017 | by Aon

Taking your pet on vacation with you can be fun and rewarding but sometimes very stressful. Per the Travel Industry Association of America, some 30 million Americans travel with their pets; travel options have expanded in tandem, but not all pups and kitties will be able to tag along due to special needs, flight rules, or even lodging restrictions.

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How to Enjoy a Healthful Vacation

Jan 3, 2017 | by Aon

Did you feel like you needed a vacation from your last vacation? It’s no surprise considering how travel inspires us to engage in new experiences, pack in sights and try unique local fare that shifts us away from our daily routine. While a vacation is typically to get away from it all, travelers sometimes struggle to balance all that fun with their health. Here are some of the ways smart travelers maximize their experiences without losing sight of their well being.

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First-Time Cruisers: What to Know Before Packing a Bag

Jan 3, 2017 | by Aon

Friends and family have been telling you for years that it’s time to plan a cruise vacation. They aren’t alone. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) expects 24 million passengers will sail in 2016, up from 15 million just 10 years ago. But first-time cruise travelers can take pointers from those millions of cruisers for the tips and tricks to maximize their cruise experience.

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Pack Like a Pro

Nov 8, 2016 | by Aon

A well orchestrated suitcase is a thing of beauty. So we’ve compiled some of the most useful packing strategies for every traveler to make your next packing experience more pleasure than pain.

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Keeping it Handy

Oct 27, 2016 | by Aon

It’s your alarm clock, your weatherman, your schedule reminder and your camera in your regular life, so it’s no surprise travelers don’t leave home without their wireless devices – which is why many of the latest travel apps are crafted to give travelers just what they need, on the fly.

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Will My Health Insurance Cover It?

Oct 21, 2016 | by Aon

Health issues have no borders, no boundaries and certainly won’t stay at bay just because you’re on the trip of a lifetime. So before you embark on your journey, have a clear understanding of what your health insurance will cover, or won’t, so you can explore supplemental coverage options.

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20 for 20: The tech travel tips we’ve tried, tested and learned

Oct 21, 2016 | by Aon

Scoring great deals, navigating busy airports, and planning your dream vacation can be done on any device with no complications. Check out what Expedia has to say about incorporating technology into your travels.

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Planning the Ultimate Bucket List Trip

Oct 21, 2016 | by Aon

The idea of having a bucket list of travel experiences has grown in popularity, especially for retirees with more expendable time and funds. But these trips aren’t to be taken lightly and trip planners should explore some critical steps in the planning process to ensure their satisfaction and security.

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Spook-tacular Halloween Travel Destinations

Oct 10, 2016 | by Aon

American towns from coast to coast are filled with stories passed through the generations of local haunted places and spaces. If you’re seeking a spooky escape this season, check out this list of spots to explore. Let the goosebumps begin!

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Top Travel Protection Terms

Sep 14, 2016 | by Aon

Travel can sometimes be complicated, and travel protection plans are designed to provide reimbursement for a wide variety of risks to you, your things and your money. It is important to understand the various situations where your travel protection plan might come in handy.

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Your Travel Protection Questions, Answered by the Pros

Aug 17, 2016 | by Aon

We know you have questions. You’re wondering whether travel protection is right for you. You’re wondering what  protection is best suited for your travel plans. You’re not sure how to file a claim. You’re just not sure what certain benefits actualy cover. We get it, real life can be complicated.

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Should I Buy Travel Insurance?

Aug 17, 2016 | by Aon

Often an overlooked investment until the unexpected happens, travel protection offers insurance and other benefits and services designed to give travelers peace of mind and financial reimbursement against the unanticipated costs of travel. But not every vacation requires a high level of travel protection. So how can you determine just how much coverage - if any - you really need?

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Colorful Cues in Europe

Aug 17, 2016 | by Aon

If your idea of vacation includes strolls through winding canaled neighborhoods or viewing world-class art, check out what top travel writers have to say about exploring Europe – particularly when the weather first starts to warm. Some of these experiences are limited time only, so plan ahead for your next colorful adventure.

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4 Cruise Experiences at any Budget

Aug 17, 2016 | by Aon

Whether you’ve been a little bit naughty or very, very nice, chances are you’ve earned a reward this season. There’s no better investment than an unforgettable travel experience. After all, research says that experiences bring us more happiness than material goods, although there’s nothing wrong with a few souvenirs, either. So what to do and where to go? We have a few ideas, no matter how much pocket change you’ve got.

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Book Wisely: Secrets to Finding a First-Class Cruise

Aug 17, 2016 | by Aon

You’ve planned, you’ve saved, you’ve convinced your significant other, family or friends that this is the year you embark on that cruise you’ve always talked about doing. Whether looking for great value or world-class luxury, you’ll find there are endless options for cruise packages. But you’re in luck -- we have some tips to  to help you maximize your travel experience.

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