27.10.2021 – 07:35
Frankfurt am Main (ots)
If there was one thing that Germans had to miss seriously during the corona pandemic, it was their well-deserved vacation. The short-term warnings about risk areas and the uncertainty that accompanies the pandemic prompted almost every fourth German person (23 percent) to forego a trip this year. This was shown by a population-representative study carried out in the summer  of the insurance manager CLARK in cooperation with YouGov. And this seems to be deeply rooted in the Germans. Almost half of the German citizens (48 percent) plan to wait for the developments of the Corona crisis before thinking of booking a vacation in 2022, as a current CLARK study shows  shows. CLARK provides information on how Germans can plan their vacation for the coming year despite all the uncertainties.
Fear of cancellation costs
Fluctuating infection numbers, complicated exit and entry regulations and short-term travel warnings. Whether beach holidaymakers or adventurous – many travelers did not have it easy in 2021 either. Almost every third CLARK study participant stated that the planned vacation could not be started due to Covid-19. 55 percent of those questioned who had already booked vacation at the time of the study also feared that they would not be able to take it because of the developments in the pandemic situation. The uncertainty of the pandemic seems to have had a lasting impact on Germans. Because many are afraid of vacation cancellations even with a view to the coming year. Almost every: r fourth participant: in a current CLARK study (24 percent) stated that they were concerned about having to cancel their vacation due to Corona. Among the 25-34 year olds, even 41 percent assume that their vacation will be canceled at short notice.
Although many were happy to accept early bird offers before the pandemic, only 17 percent of those surveyed in the CLARK study had already planned a vacation for 2022. The worry of having to do without the trip that has already been booked and still having to pay for the costs is too great. For example, travel cancellation insurance can protect against cancellation costs if the trip cannot be commenced. However, only 12 percent of Germans have taken out this additional insurance for their vacation. “Travel cancellation insurance could offer holidaymakers much more security, especially in this uncertain time. Of course, one should make sure that this also applies in the event of a corona disease. But right now most insurers are providing information about their regulations on pandemic issues Current information on their website “, so the CLARK insurance experts.
How can a vacation be planned carefree now?
In addition to travel cancellation insurance, there are also other ways to protect yourself against impending cancellation costs. For example, travel health insurance could cover the cost of the booked accommodation in the event of sudden illness. However, some insurers do not have to pay benefits in the event of a corona infection, as pandemic diseases are not always included. The CLARK insurance experts therefore recommend: “Before concluding a contract, it is best to take a look at the General Terms and Conditions (AVB). Due to the current situation, some insurers have adjusted their tariffs, especially for tourist trips, and expressly insured pandemics.” Trip interruption insurance could also be a good protection, because it reimburses the costs if travelers have to end their trip prematurely. Illness can also be a reason for prematurely breaking off a trip. The CLARK insurance experts point out, however: “It is best to include the pandemic protection in your tariff comparison and weigh the risks against the additional costs. This insurance can also be taken out up to 30 days before the start of the trip, so that you can still be relative can protect you from the cancellation of your booked trip at short notice. ”
The pandemic has had a lasting impact on Germans’ vacation planning and unsettled many. In order not to have to miss out on a trip despite the current situation, travel insurance can offer additional protection. Then nothing stands in the way of a relaxing holiday.
Note on the studies:
 The data used is based on an online survey by YouGov Deutschland GmbH, in which 1018 people took part between June 14th and 17th, 2021. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.
 The data used are based on an online survey by YouGov Deutschland GmbH, in which 1,025 people took part between September 20 and 24, 2021. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.
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