Traveling alone has been a thing for over a decade now. And even with the rise of safety concerns in most travelers, the trend has and will continue to grow across the globe.
In fact, a recent study projected the percentage of travelers who would most likely try solo travel for the first time this year at 17%. Boomers even rated solo international travel as their second highest travel plan, and 37% of Millennials say they intend to take at least one overnight leisure trip alone during the next six months.
But these aren’t your ordinary vacations with swimming pools and Mimosas. Almost 1 in 5 of these travelers will be taking on some sort of adventure –anything from a hiking trip to diving excursions to “glamping” outdoors. While others are simply looking for cultural awareness and relaxation.
And going alone doesn’t mean staying alone. Many of these travelers are looking for opportunities to meet up with other travelers, locals, or even group tour operators.
Why Travel Insurance
Anything can happen while traveling. And traveling alone can be that much riskier. Missing a flight, a tour operator ceasing service due to political unrest, or finding out their luggage is still on vacation after they’ve arrived home, are all bad.
Throw in the fact that most solo travel plans involve visiting another country, where most personal health insurance plans won’t work, and the idea of travel insurance becomes really attractive.
But Insurance aside, there are a few other things you can do to keep your clients safe while planning their solo excursion:
Arrange as many group tours and meetups as possible
This allows them the opportunity to meet others and provides a periodic “check-in ” point in their itinerary.
Encourage them to share their itinerary with someone else before they leave and to give constant updates to friends, family, and even you.
For one their family and friends will be incredibly jealous, but most importantly they’ll be able to anticipate where and when they were supposed to arrive at their destination.
Remind them to be careful about exposing the length of time they’ll be away on social media and ask a friend or relative to periodically watch over their belongings while they’re gone.
Notify them of any cultural or political differences that could present unintended conflict
Lastly, agents should thoroughly discuss travel insurance, the available plans, and encourage them to read the fine print.
As always, before your travelers leave for vacation, encourage them to be familiar with travel insurance, and how it can protect them in case of travel emergencies.
We understand that travel insurance can be complicated. If you or your clients have any questions about definitions or benefits, we encourage you to contact us on our website or call our customer service number at 1-866-884-3556.