What are travelers afraid of in 2021? And what should they actually be worried about?
Walt Meyer is afraid of getting sick when he travels. Too many people aren't taking COVID-19 seriously, he says.
"If they could require everyone to arrive an hour early, get tested, then wait for test results before boarding a flight or entering a resort, it would eliminate some of the risks," says Meyer, an author and professional speaker from San Diego.
His fears are justified, say experts. COVID-19 will be the No. 1 travel concern of 2021, particularly during the first half of the year. But there are other concerns. The question is: What should travelers be afraid of?
A recent poll by Travelex Insurance identified the top two travel fears: Getting stuck in another country and catching the coronavirus. Travel professionals are trying to help. One solution: offering a pledge to customers like the one Travel Leaders introduced late last year. Its Book With Confidence program helps its agents advise clients about where, when and how to travel.