Feeling a little stressed lately? You’re not the only one. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America™ survey, Americans are feeling statistically more stress in 2017 than any other year in the past decade. While most Americans consistently report money, job stability, and the economy as the leading causes of their stress, other factors like the current political climate and the future of the nation have emerged as other trending reasons for stress. As a result, the APA found a greater increase in Americans reporting stress regarding their personal safety as it relates to geopolitical and cultural issues.
If not managed, having chronic stress can lead to several long-term health concerns, such as depression, diabetes, and heart disease. Despite this, Americans are still struggling to take the time to cope with their stress year by year. This year, the APA reported that a quarter of Americans wish they managed their stress more effectively over the past 10 years.
There are countless studies that support travel as one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. In addition to getting a much-needed break from a demanding work schedule, travel can work wonders to help boost physical, mental, and emotional health. Studies like this one from the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies show that traveling can even help people live longer.
One of the biggest issues, however, is that many people aren’t using all of their vacation days. In a survey conducted by Allianz Global Assistance, it’s been more than a year since half of Americans (53%) last took a vacation! Millennials, in particular, feel “vacation shame” when asking for time off because they don’t want to feel guilt from their coworkers. And when people actually plan a vacation, research from Wyndham Vacation Rentals this year found that 37% of leisure travelers will even cancel or delay a trip because the process of planning one only makes their stress worse. Other cited reasons for why people avoid traveling include spending too much money, packing, keeping everyone happy and entertained, and finding an accommodation.
As a travel agent, you can deliver some of the greatest value by eliminating the stress of planning an amazing vacation experience that can leave your clients feeling refreshed and ready to take on the workplace.
When working with an anxious client, offering travel insurance can be a great option to provide some peace of mind that they may have benefits if something unexpected occurs. At Allianz Global Assistance, we are dedicated to making travel insurance valuable and easy-to-use so that travelers everywhere can experience travel free from stress.
Not sure how to talk to your clients about travel insurance? You can find tools to help you get started on our Agent Marketing Guide and Travel Agent Content Capsule. For more information about how to sign up for sales and marketing tools from Allianz Global Assistance, contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.