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WATCH: Mark Murphy Takes on Summer Travel Trends and Topics

Features & Advice | Allianz Global Assistance | Michael Schottey | July 20, 2016

WATCH: Mark Murphy Takes on Summer Travel Trends and Topics

Photo courtesy of Murphy Travels on YouTube 

Mark Murphy, President and CEO of travAlliancemedia, joined ABC Tuscon (KGUN) and touched on some of the biggest trends and topics that are troubling summer travelers -- just one stop on a whirlwind countrywide media tour on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance.

Sharing Economy

The democratization of travel continues this summer as sites and services like Airbnb, Lyft and others continue to gain traction among even the most casual of travelers. Murphy points out the potential and tremendous cost savings to families who shop around using those services. 

 READ MORE: How to Minimize Insurance Risk While Traveling in the Sharing Economy 

Zika and Traveling to Tropical Destinations

Murphy points out that travelers who aren't pregnant, trying to get pregnant or in that specific stage of their life probably don't need to worry as much about Zika which was around long before the current hype, and that countries affected by the virus already have plenty of mitigation programs in place.

Overall, simple common sense measures should be enough to calm traveler's fears. 

Confidence in Overseas Destinations

Investing in travel insurance is always a good option no matter the location to which someone is traveling, but Murphy wisely points out that many destinations travelers worry about are actually safer from incident than sitting at home in one's bathtub!

 READ MORE: It's Not Easy to Outlast That Please-Don't-Go Moment

Care, caution and common sense are always musts, but Americans should take a cue from citizens in those destinations who are "moving forward with life" as Murphy says and not giving in to the terror. 


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