Greatest Risks to Big Summer Travel

Greatest Risks to Big Summer Travel


Aug 02, 2018 | Aon

You’ve dreamed, you’ve saved, you’ve planned…all in an attempt to create the ideal summer vacation experience for you and your family. But guess what, so have millions of others looking to maximize time off from school and excellent weather. So how do you make sure your holiday skirts the biggest risks and is set up for summer success?

“Summer remains one of the biggest seasons for American travelers,” said Beth Godlin, president Aon Affinity Travel Practice. “It presents certain risks that travelers may not otherwise face during less popular times of the year.”

The experts at Aon Affinity Travel Practice have this advice for travelers to prepare for the biggest summer travel risks:
  • Crowds. Waiting in line for a glimpse of the Sistine Chapel? You, and many others, arrived with the same itinerary and savvy thieves and pickpockets are well aware. Protect your belongings and personal information such as passports with protective traveler bags or money belts. For the moments when control isn’t in your hands, know that travel insurance is designed to offer protection and resources for lost and stolen goods while traveling.
  • Weather. The tail end of summer into early fall marks peak hurricane season. During certain high volume days during hurricane season 2017, Aon handled more than 100 percent more calls than normal and processed more than five times the number of hurricane related claims than the year prior. So if travel from or to areas that can be affected by hurricane weather is in your plans, explore your travel insurance options as early in the planning process as possible.
  • Short Stays. Americans have plenty of windows for quick getaways during the summer months. In fact, the Expedia Generations on the Move study found that long weekends are the most preferred length of time for a leisure trip for Millennials, Gen Z and Gen X. Just because it’s a short escape doesn’t mean there isn’t something of value to protect. A small investment in travel insurance for flights, rentals or tours can offer some peace of mind.
  • Travel Packages. Already locked in on your ideal cabin for a popular cruise or selected an exotic group travel tour for next summer? Many things can change in the months ahead. Make sure your deposits and plans are protected in case health, job status or something else shifts and your travel plans need to adjust as well.

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