The ‘traveling revenge’ has arrived: “Everyone is crazy about traveling”

  • After two years of pandemic, the indicators point to an obvious monkey to travel this Easter

  • Reservations increase and travel insurance registers an increase of up to 70% compared to before covid

Ana is about to travel to Vienna. She will do so after two years without international travel. In 2020 she had to cancel one to the US. Last summer, and with the fifth wave of covid looming, she chose to stay in Spain, almost always in her own province, Asturias. Also Àlex, who had been having to move plans for some time according to the epidemiological situation, did not hesitate to book flights and a car to go to Romania this April. “He needed to leave Catalonia now,” he says.

After these two years of pandemic, the data shows that there was a certain monkey to travel. A feeling that in Anglo-Saxon countries has been coined as ‘revenge travel’ (traveling revenge). “While the term may sound silly, it refers to the idea that there will be a huge increase in travel as it gets safer and things open up again,” Eric Jones, co-founder of ‘The Vacationer’ told ‘ Huffington Post’.

“Take advantage while you can”

“I had never heard of it, but it is true: the whole world is crazy about traveling,” Ascen Aynat, co-founder of ‘Capture The Atlas’, a website with travel guides where users can look for accommodation, confirms to this newspaper. car rental or insurance.

“People travel more this year for several reasons: the certainty that there will be no closure of borders; the peace of mind that there is a high probability that if you get infected with covid it will be mild; and the ease of restrictions in most countries if you are vaccinated or get tested,” says Aynat. Although she also believes that people have the attitude of “let’s take advantage of it while we can”alluding to the arrival of another wave or the intensification of the consequences of the war in Ukraine.

The data supports

“Fortunately the psychosis is lowering. There are countries to which you can travel normally and, in fact, more are being requested. If we compare with last year, there are cities where forecasts have risen considerably,” says José Luis Méndez, president of the Madrid Union of Travel Agencies.

This entity is part of the National Outbound Tourism Observatory, Observatur, which has seen that the “customer and passenger trend is to travel more and more“. “If people don’t do it now, it’s because of fear, illness or economic reasons. But the desire to travel is not only there, but has grown. We see it in all the questionnaires and sampling that we do.”

“We have been so content that many people need to rest,” says psychologist Elena Dapra

Psychologist Elena Dapra explains that, during the pandemic, the population suffered a habituation process. We had no choice but to live with an enormous level of uncertainty. Now it is not that we have learned to live with it, but that we are already on another scale. “The thing is, we’ve been so contained on so many levels that a lot of people need to relax and take a break from that uncertainty and fear. They don’t want to talk about the pandemic,” she says. In this sense, the Corporate Association of Specialized Travel Agencies (Acave) announced on March 30 that reservations for Easter have increased between 40 and 50% over 2021. And that despite the war context and the rise in fuel prices.

Insurance “just in case”

With everything, professionals in the sector note that a certain prudence is maintained when packing: “The pandemic is controlled in most countries. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, logically the Baltic countries have suffered a drop in requests. Greece has dropped a little, part of Turkey… but the rest operates normally and requests have grown by more than 20-30% compared to 2021,” says Méndez.

Of course, although it is more controlled, we have become accustomed to living with the possibility that things may not turn out the way we want. And that makes them process safer “just in case”. “More and more are being hired, even on flights. There has been an increase of 60-70% compared to before the pandemic,” explains Méndez, who points out that now it is “very difficult to sell a trip without insurance.”

Even in Europe

IATI Seguros, specialists in travel and life insurance, have also noticed it. “During the last quarter of 2021 and, especially, these weeks prior to Easter, we have been recoveringor billing levels similar to the last months of 2019, despite the fact that the volume of trips was lower than the previous two years. In addition, these were to closer destinations, which confirmed the trend of taking out insurance in Spain. [impensable antes de la pandemia] and on any type of trip,” says Alfonso Calzado, CEO of IATI Travel Insurance. “I think the tendency to travel with insurance has come to stayand. Once you start, it’s hard to travel without it because of the peace of mind it gives you,” adds Calzado.

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“Before the covid -he continues-, 90% of the policies issued were for destinations outside Europe, among which the USA, Japan or Southeast Asia stood out, but now our clients contract a travel insurance for any destinationeven for countries as close as Italy, Greece or Morocco”.

Summer, the next challenge

Looking ahead to the summer, although insurance companies are already seeing strong growth in sales, they still consider that there are many users waiting to see the final regulation to ensure that they can travel to their preferred destination without problem. The president of the Union of Travel Agencies of Madrid points out that, although many people chose to book their vacations as soon as possible to obtain discounts on the price, now they can take longer. In a few months it will be seen if this ‘traveling revenge’ has not yet reached the ceiling.

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