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How Are Terrorism Fears Affecting Our Travel Habits?

Features & Advice | Gabe Zaldivar | July 26, 2016

How Are Terrorism Fears Affecting Our Travel Habits?

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Terrorist attacks are indeed on the minds of American travelers at the moment. But how does fear play into habits of the modern traveler who has to deal with such an onslaught of tragedy? 

Allianz Travel Insurance  procured the services of Ipsos to query about 2,000 Americans on how they feel about travel amid such concerning times in its latest Vacation Confidence Index.

The results point to a large subset of travelers that do indeed take the threat of terror into account when planning a sojourn. However, this hasn’t exactly deterred a great deal of potential travelers from staying home.

Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA offered thoughts on the statistics coming out of the survey: “What we’re seeing is that the American traveler is a complex demographic that shares common fears and concerns, but deviate greatly on where they find those fears and how they face them.”

The greatest sign of terror’s hold on the industry is 86 percent. That represents the number of respondents who stated they were in some way fearful of an attack while on holiday.

And that fear has motivated many (22 percent) to actually alter their carefully laid vacation itineraries.

Of course, this sentiment is broken down into various actions that vary in severity. Actually canceling a trip because of trepidation occurred in just six percent of cases, which is the leading alteration, followed closely by changing locations (five percent).

Despite these very real worries, the study points to an industry that is strong across many fronts. For example, Allianz asserts that flights to Europe are up about 10 percent. The rush of Americans to the area continues despite an awful and tragic year around the world.

The report actually states, “Europe as a whole recorded an overall increase to 515,676 travelers in 2016 compared to 471,823 in 2015.”

Durazo continues, explaining that terror acts may alter a great many plans but it hasn’t stopped travelers from moving on and frequenting many places around the world.

Durazo continues, “But we’re pleased to see that whatever those differences are, one thing that remains consistent is that they are finding ways to follow their passion of seeing the world despite the challenges that come with traveling in a time of terror.”

The report also asserts that the younger generation is far more likely to take their holiday Internationally while showing caution when it comes to travel in the U.S. or Canada.

As noted, almost a quarter of respondents find the possibility of the worst occurring as cause to change their trip in some manner that ranges from outright cancellation to getting travel insurance.

For many, this has to be after months of careful deliberation, which highlights how powerful the notion may be at the moment.

The good news is that travel’s allure remains strong for Americans who push past the fear and caution and well into another personal adventure.


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