AIG Travel Puts Twist on Classic New Year’s Resolutions
Travel Guard® travel insurance provider shares 5 ways to align travel goals with other priorities
HOUSTON (Jan. 11, 2017) – Two-thirds of U.S. adults will likely make resolutions to travel more in 2017, according to a recent survey by Switchfly. However, competing priorities – such as saving money and focusing on personal health – can keep people from reaching their travel goals.
“Tying travel to other New Year’s aspirations may help consumers feel even more positive about traveling and consider how it may support and complement their other priorities for 2017,” said Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel.
To help with this endeavor, AIG Travel has taken a fresh look at five common New Year’s resolutions, providing thoughts on how people may align them with their travel goals for 2017.
Lose Weight: Consider embracing the weight-loss tourism trend, as various travel providers offer special packages. Otherwise, take small steps such as opting for snacks from home instead of ones at the airport or, when possible, biking instead of driving to sites to help stay fit while traveling. Finally, consider travel as a reward for weight-loss milestones – perhaps taking a weekend getaway after losing those first 10 pounds and embarking on the trip of a lifetime after losing 100 pounds.
Save Money: The price for a flight can vary by hundreds of dollars depending on when the ticket is booked, so doing your research pays. The latest figures from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation suggest that booking over the weekend for domestic trips and more than 21 days in advance can save more than 30 percent on trips to Europe and 17 percent on domestic travel1. Also, during a trip, there’s no need to abandon any frugal tactics you may use closer to home – for example, eating from local markets instead of restaurants, staying with friends or locals instead of at hotels, and opting for free cultural experiences instead of tourist traps. Finally, consider travel insurance as a way to help keep unexpected events during your journey from breaking the bank.
Give back: From “voluntourism” packages that structure entire trips around giving back (view real time options at voluntourism.org) to local organizations that match travelers’ professional skills with short-term volunteer opportunities, there are virtually endless ways to fit giving back into your vacation schedule. Many times, organizations even sponsor travelers who are willing to dedicate a portion of their trip to volunteering, allowing budget-conscious vacationers to see more of the world just by helping out.
Learn something new: If you’re looking for simple ways to embed learning opportunities into your travel adventures, experts recommend striking up a conversation each day with a local, taking advantage of opportunities to try the regional cuisine, and learning a few phrases in the native language of the country you’re visiting.
Spend more time with family: While spending time with family members – particularly those that live with you – may seem like a no-brainer, this common resolution is also one of the most frequently broken2. If you find the thought of family travel daunting, consider these expert tips:
take a “sharecation,” in which families strive to save money by traveling together and aim to minimize stress by sharing childcare responsibilities,
consider public transportation options at your destination, as they may be significantly cheaper than renting a car and easier than negotiating parking, and
when possible, splurge for suite-style accommodations rather than hotel rooms with multiple beds, to help ensure more privacy for couples and the opportunity to get a better night’s sleep.
1 Expedia. 2017 Global Air Travel Outlook: Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation Release Report on Worldwide Air Travel Trends and Pricing. PRNewswire. N.p., 15 Dec. 2016. Web. 5 Jan. 2017.. 2 Cruz, Gilbert. "Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions." Time. Time Inc., 01 Jan. 2012. Web. 05 Jan. 2017
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