A recent Reuters article discussed a new vacation trend among couples: separate vacations. This shouldn’t be particularly surprising, as there appears to be a movement toward independence among both men and women in relationships. Times are changing and more people are comfortable rewriting the rules of relationships to fit their needs.
But does this mean that couples are using their time off to vacation from one another?
Not necessarily. According to a recent poll by Travelocity, 59% of site visitors report taking separate vacations from their significant others. Perhaps people are simply recognizing their different needs at the same time that cultural mores are changing. For healthy relationships, vacationing separately may allow couples to spend some time apart while exploring their individual interests.
But does distance really make the heart grow fonder?
Certainly, vacationing separately isn’t for every couple. One drawback of individual vacations is that they are more expensive, overall. It’s substantially cheaper to share the costs of travel expenses, like hotel rooms and rental cars. To avoid breaking the bank while vacationing separately, some opt to travel with friends or book budget-friendly accommodations.
If couples choose to purchase travel insurance policies for their separate vacations, they may be happy to know that although it is usually cheaper if two people are on the same policy, the savings are fairly nominal. Separate travel insurance policies won’t add substantially to the costs of vacations for couples that choose to travel separately.
For example, a sample quote for the Round Trip Economy plan from Seven Corners for a single 35-year-old traveler was $126. When that quote was edited to include a second 35-year-old traveler with the same trip expenses (all other variables were kept the same), the policy cost changed to $247. Two separate policies was only $5 more than a single policy for two travelers.
For those who opt to travel solo, safety precautions should be taken. Travelers should make sure that someone knows where they will be traveling and staying. It’s also important to always have a way of reaching someone in the event of an emergency. Most travel insurance policies include 24-hour emergency assistance that may be particularly valuable to solo travelers. Some of the issues that emergency assistance may help with include: medical referral and monitoring, legal assistance, emergency cash transfer, arrangement of medical evacuations or repatriations and emergency translations.
By cutting back on costs and keeping a cell phone handy, couples may be able to go on separate vacations safely and affordably. Travel insurance may provide additional peace of mind without costing couples substantially more for separate vacations.