Travel delays and bad or inferior accommodation rank right at the top of the list of irritations for our customers, according to a recent TNS survey commissioned by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI), where 2,000 people told us what frustrates, infuriates and annoys them the most while they travel on holiday.
Over a third of them, 39%, said travel delays exasperated them the most, with accommodation issues (including an increasing problem of bed-bug, even in quality hotels) coming in second at 26%. Surprisingly ‘other tourists’ ranked as the third highest annoyance at 9%.
Craig Morrison, CEO of Southern Cross Travel Insurance finds the survey results particularly interesting and useful. He says that given the level of preparation and planning that people put into their holidays and travel itineraries, it is understandable that they expect the reality of their trip to live up to expectations.
"For the majority of people an overseas trip has meant months - sometimes years of saving, and the resulting trip is often highly anticipated. Disruptions because of the weather or the hotel room being of lower quality than advertised can cause justifiable upset."
The level of frustration due to travel delays means that 67% of travellers regard cover for missed connections as a key reason for buying travel insurance.
Of course cover for medical expenses remains the most common reason for the people in our survey to purchase travel insurance.
While some things are unavoidable, Morrison says that savvy travellers can minimise the risk of encountering the things that bug them the most. "Everyone loves a bargain, but cheap flights and holidays may be more susceptible to unexpected travel interruptions and cancellations. Equally, if you don’t particularly like children, avoid travelling during school holidays."
Some helpful tips to help before you travel:
- review customer comments about accommodation before booking
- avoid crowds by reviewing the most popular visiting times like school holidays
- arrive early to avoid queues, or visit popular sites during the week, rather than weekends
And as always we recommend you take Southern Cross Travel Insurance for those unexpected events you have no control over.