Allianz Travel Trends 2016
Did you know that Allianz Travel Insurance comes out with a yearly study about current travel trends for Americans? I didn’t know that either until recently. But this year’s Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index is pretty interesting, much more so than the name would suggest 😉
Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index
Unfortunately, fewer Americans will travel this year, but the ones that do travel, plan on spending quite a bit more, actually almost $ 90 billion per year on vacation. That makes almost $1800 per household for travel, up 11% from last year. That is a nice chunk of change to go out and explore, don’t you think? But for me, even more encouraging is the fact that more and more people say that an annual vacation is very important (36%) or important (65%). I know that travel is also super important to most of you guys and since the mission of my blog is to encourage people to go out and travel, this makes my heart jump with joy.
Obviously I hope we can beat those numbers in 2017, but this looks very promising. As the economy is getting stronger, people are more willing to take time off and spend some money on vacation again. Taking a break to recharge is important and makes you more efficient when you return to your job. So go out, take a vacation, relax a little and come back fresh and ready! Deal?
Travel Trends 2016: Sharing economy
Another very interesting development in travel trends this year is the fact that more and more people become part and active users of the sharing economy. They use AirBnB, HomeAway, Uber, Lyft and all the other companies that are part of this new travel trend. While it was a novelty idea just a year or two ago, using those services has become pretty mainstream today. Now more and more people choose them as alternatives during their travels.
I have used quite a few of the companies above and I love the idea of sharing available resource. The husband and I even used AirBnB on our honeymoon in Scandinavia and had a great time. “i’ll just uber it!” is a common expression nowadays and I can’t remember the last time I actually got into a cab. Zipping through the city with Uber or Lyft is just so easy and convenient.
Another thing that I love about using AirBnB for example, is that I get to experience the place like a local. I try to stay in shared apartments when i use AirBnB, because I am not a big fan of hosts that buy up apartments only to turn them into short term rentals and turning the rental market upside down. When I stay in a private room with a local, I can get the inside scoop of someone living there and find out about cool stuff to do, their favorite restaurants and unique spots to check out.
What is your favorite shar-ec company that you use when you travel?
Allianz Travel Insurance
As people spend more money on their vacation and travel becomes more important to them, one important aspect is often overlooked: Travel Insurance. There is nothing more frustrating than getting sick before a trip. No wait, there is. Getting sick before a trip AND still having to pay for everything anyways! So you not only miss out on a long planned vacation, but now you still have to pay for it? That doesn’t seem right, does it? You guys know that I travel quite a bit and travel insurance is definitely something that I don’t want to skimp on. It takes so much worry off of your shoulders to know that you and your family will be taken care off, if something should happen, whether it is before or during the trip!
Why get Allianz Travel Insurance?
Allianz Travel Insurance is a well known Travel Insurance company and I remember my family used them when we traveled in Europe and on our RV trips through the US. They have been around for over 60 years.
Allianz Travel Insurance not only covers your expenses, when you can’t go on your trip due to illness (check coverage), but also offers medical assistance, when you get sick during your travels. They help you out in case you lose your documents or luggage, and support you in many other cases that could be a pain, if you had to go through it by yourself in a foreign country. Allianz Travel Insurance even offers a Concierge service that helps you get tickets for shows and concerts, can make restaurant reservations for you and some other cool stuff to make your vacation just a tad more special. Check out what else Allianz Travel Insurance has to offer and also follow them on Twitter @AllianzTravelUS #TravelHappy
For me, it is definitely worth the money and I can sleep better at night 🙂 And if you are planning a trip, I highly recommend getting Travel Insurance! Check out what else Allianz Travel Insurance has to offer!
Thanks to Allianz Travel Insurance for sponsoring this post, providing travel coverage for the unexpected. MariaAbroad.com received financial compensation from Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company).
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