May 21, 2021
A new survey of summer travelers conducted by World Nomads conducted suggests most people are concerned with having to call off their trip because of another COVID-19 surge:
"The data shows that the potential risks of COVID-19 still dictate the travel mindset," says World Nomads spokeswoman Lisa Cheng.
People are paying attention. At Texas A&M University, officials stopped just short of requiring their study abroad program participants to buy insurance.
"We aren't requiring students purchase additional insurance," says Holly Hudson, executive director of the education abroad program at Texas A&M University. "However, all students are strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance that will cover their expenses in the case that their flight or program is canceled or if they are recalled to the U.S. because of COVID-19."
Summer travel can be unpredictable in other ways, say experts. "The summer months also bring varying weather conditions, storm warnings, and hurricane season," notes Jeremy Murchland, president of Seven Corners. "If you are traveling to a destination that may be particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, stay alert and research how your travel insurance plan may ease the stress of potential dangers with disaster coverage."