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The One Thing COVID-19 Has Not Changed About Travel

The One Thing COVID-19 Has Not Changed About Travel

Travelers Search for COVID-19 Coverage
As travelers begin booking trips into 2021, coronavirus concerns are still top of mind.


  • Over a third of travelers searched for a policy that specifically included cancellation or medical coverage in the event they contract COVID-19 before or during their trip.


Interest in Cancellation Coverage Spikes
Cancellation protection remains a high priority, as 81% of policies purchased include Trip Cancellation benefits. Now, travelers are willing to spend more for more coverage.


  • Pricey Cancel for Any Reason policies offer the most extensive cancellation coverage and account for 22% of all policies purchased, a 552% increase from last year.

Traveler Spending Has Increased
Despite reported travel deals and discounts, travelers are spending more on their trips this year.


  • The average cost for international trips is $4,343.66, an 18% increase from last year.
  • Domestic travelers are spending 27% more on their trips, with an average trip cost of $3,513.03


Planning Future Trips Further In Advance
Amidst COVID-19, travelers are being cautious and planning trips further in the future.


  • With uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, travelers heading to international destinations are purchasing their policies an average of 4 months prior to their departure, 50% further out than last year.
  • Domestic travelers are planning trips 19% further out than last year.


Most Popular Destination Remains the Same 
COVID-19 hasn’t changed travelers’ top destination choice, as the United States remains the most popular destination overall.



  • As border closures limited international trips, travelers are insuring more domestic trips than international trips.
  • Domestic trips account for 52% of all insured travel booked during the pandemic.


Methodology: Data is based on travel insurance policies purchased through between March 12 – September 21, 2020 for all future travel. Statistics reflect year-over-year changes unless otherwise noted. 



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