Who doesn’t love the excitement of an upcoming holiday? When many of us so often have our noses just inches from the daily grindstone, it’s great to have the relief of a trip away just around the corner. But travel planning is not without its accompanying worries, and Allianz Assistance knows as much – having surveyed 200 UK travellers, the travel insurance provider reveals what people most commonly consider to be their nightmare scenarios when it comes to planning a trip.
It’s no surprise to learn that a lost passport or wallet, luggage not arriving and falling ill marked the top three nightmares respectively for UK holidaymakers; while concerns over accommodation being next to a nightclub grazed the bottom of the list, at number 10.
In terms of gender analysis, the survey revealed that men are more likely to worry about falling ill than women – at 48 per cent, compared to 39 per cent. On the other hand, the opposite is true of concerns over missing luggage, where it’s 49 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men. Interestingly, Allianz measured some other pronounced differences between the concerns of men and women: women were worried about forgetting their prescription sunglasses or contact lenses, a concern which didn’t make top 10 on the men’s list, while men rated mosquitos and forgetting credit cards, which wasn’t a prime concern for women.
With age comes new priorities. Allianz cited nearly one-third of 18 to 24-year-olds worried about forgetting their tech, and one-fifth of younger travellers fretted over an excursion without Wi-Fi. In contrast, 53 per cent of travellers aged over 65 are more likely to worry about losing their passport or wallet, and Kate Walker, Head of Direct at Allianz Assistance UK empathised and reasoned that many of the top 10 holiday nightmares will be covered by ‘quality travel insurance’. “However, even the best travel insurance won’t ensure the Wi-Fi is up to scratch or guarantee a decent cup of tea and a bacon bap will be on the menu,” she concluded.