Despite having experienced the fourth warmest January on record*, many travelers are still concerned that weather-related delays and cancellations could potentially disrupt remaining winter travel plans. Recently, Travel Guard surveyed customers and found that weather-related flight interruptions are still a top concern for 42 percent of travelers this winter. Read on for statistics on the 2012 winter travel trends.
Top Concerns: Twenty-one percent of travelers were also concerned that unforeseen circumstances might disrupt their travel plans while 15% were concerned they may have to cancel a vacation due to personal reasons. Surprisingly, less than one percent of those polled noted lost luggage as their biggest worry. In an effort to prepare for interruptions like these, 93 percent of respondents purchased a travel insurance plan.
Travel Trends: An astounding 86 percent of travelers polled said that the unseasonably warm winter has not affected their travel plans. Of those traveling, nearly half (46 percent) are sticking with their original plans because they take an annual trip this time of year. Deals and discounts drove 14 percent of respondents to book a winter vacation, while three percent chose to book a winter escape due to improved financial stability.
Destination Desires: Even though freezing temperatures have been a rarity, 34 percent of those polled are still seeking the sun by heading to tropical climates. Popular vacations include cruises (35 percent,) beach escapes (34 percent,) and exotic destinations like South America or Africa (22 percent.) Slightly less than ten percent of respondents are planning to hit the slopes, while just four percent plan to see the sights in a major city.
No matter the time of year or the destination, there is always a chance that unexpected circumstances will derail even the best laid travel plans. While it has been relatively smooth sailing this winter, flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage and medical emergencies are disruptions that can occur regardless of the weather. The best way to be prepared is with a comprehensive travel insurance plan.
Questions about travel insurance? Just log on to www.travelguard.com or give our 24-hour World Service Center a call at 800-826-1300 or ask your travel agent.
*According to the National Weather Service.