April Publishes New Vacation Insights, Examines Tendency to Return Less Relaxed Than Before Departure

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April looks at human tendency to return from vacation less relaxed than before one departs.

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Over-planning is one of the major contributors to something we call restless vacation syndrome, and should be avoided at all costs.

As a follow-up to its eye-opening examination of air security protocols, APRIL Travel Protection (http://www.AprilTravelProtection.com) – the new U.S. division of 26-year-old APRIL Travel Group – looks at many reasons travelers feel they often need a vacation from their vacation.

  • The Over-Planner

You know the type. Their to-do lists often provide a minute-by-minute breakdown of the day’s activities, allotting just enough time for everything from PTA meetings to conjugal activities. Yet they somehow manage to accomplish in a matter of hours what most of us do in a week. By their very nature, these obsessive Type A personalities are perennially in dire need of relaxation. However, their instincts often leave them feeling like they need a vacation from their vacation.

For example, European rail options make it easy to move around the continent, but a dozen European cities in two weeks is a bit ambitious. It may seem like an efficient way to take full advantage, but checking in and out of hotels can be stressful. More travel points also means greater opportunity for logistical “whoops” moments as missing one departure can lead to a domino effect that jeopardizes other pre-arranged activities. Furthermore, you’ll barely scratch the surface of any one destination. In order to become immersed in a local culture, one needs to spend at least a few days in each city.

Over-planning is one of the major contributors to something we call restless vacation syndrome, and should be avoided at all costs. European river cruising is an ideal (and significantly more relaxing) travel method for those seeking a broad overview of multiple destinations, but it’s not for everyone. If you do insist on planning a logistically complicated itinerary, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is crucial.

  • The Compulsive Sightseer

Armed with an inadequate pair of worn loafers, an assortment of tacky Hawaiian shirts and a Fodor’s guide book, these do-it-yourselfers take to the streets on day one, hoofing it from attraction to attraction without any real understanding of the distance between.

Escorted motor coaches are becoming less popular as more and more travelers are booking FIT vacations, which is how the industry refers to independent travel. While this is a great way to stumble onto seldom promoted hidden gems, rucksack vacationers are prone to a number of health hazards from blisters and sprains to heat stroke and dehydration. For those who prefer to chart their own course, we recommend pedicabs whenever possible.

Unlike a traditional taxi or motor coach, you’re experiencing the sounds and aromas of the destination while enjoying an open-air breeze and keeping your own physical exertion to a minimum. These local entrepreneurs often function as unofficial tour guides as they can point out areas of interest which might not be on your radar. We also recommend comprehensive travel protection as most American health insurance policies do not cover foreign travel.

  • The Poor Budgeter

The tendency to splurge on one’s vacation is not a rare phenomenon, but it’s easy to get blindsided by unexpected expenses from the moment one arrives at the airport and is confronted by checked-baggage fees for the wife’s three-piece luggage set. In cases like this, paying the extra fee is a far better alternative to arguing over whether the hotel room will have its own hairdryer. It will, of course, but your wife is always going to be right so just cough up the fee and save yourself the headache because that hairdryer is coming and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

As a general rule, travelers find it more difficult to stick to their budget than lucky casino-goers do leaving the blackjack table before they’ve lost everything they’ve won and then some. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about that $30 bottle of sunscreen you’re forced to buy from the resort gift shop either. But when it comes to accidents, disruptions and other inconveniences, APRIL’s “Stress Less” Benefits can make an important difference.

Unlike virtually all insurance providers catering to U.S. travelers, APRIL does not require a lengthy and exhaustive claims procedure on the range of issues covered under “Stress Less” from severe weather and natural disasters to personal injury, terrorism, labor strikes and more. APRIL’s groundbreaking Stress Less Benefits provide instant adjudication. This means APRIL pays to resolve problems on-the-spot for most covered benefits while the policyholder is still traveling so they can fully enjoy their trip without worrying about out of pocket expenses in the event of an emergency.

  • Why Oh Why Did I Bring The Kids?

With summer just around the corner, kids are counting the number of schooldays remaining, making family travel extremely topical at the moment. And while parents may be working twice as hard to get all their proverbial ducks in a row at the office so that they can get away for some much needed R&R, they will invariably return home with more stress and tension in their shoulders than before they departed. This, of course, is all due to the joys of parenting.

Fussy eaters, embarrassing scene causers and finicky kids in general can be a lot to deal with on vacation, but the true test comes when parents find themselves solely responsible for the kids’ entertainment after leaving the Xbox 2,000 miles away. Supervised resort kids clubs, when available, can be a great way to squeeze in some romantic alone time with your spouse, but the whole concept behind a family vacation is to spend valuable time together.

In addition to its “Stress Less” Benefits, APRIL offers complimentary Concierge and Travel Assistance Services with every policy sold to help make clients’ travel experiences more enjoyable. APRIL can recommend child-friendly restaurants and attractions in a variety of destinations that can take the pressure off mommy and daddy just long enough to let them feel like they’re actually on vacation.

For more information on APRIL's ‘Stress Less Benefits’ or policy options, contact 855-277-4587, email info(at)AprilTravelProtection(dot)com or visit http://www.AprilTravelProtection.com.

Media interested in an interview with an APRIL executive on the variety of issues faced by travelers are encouraged to contact KTCpr at 516-594-4100 or J.Kahn(at)KTCpr(dot)com.

-----About APRIL Travel Protection-----

APRIL Travel Protection is owned by APRIL, an international group with 45 operational companies in more than 40 different countries. APRIL's yearly sales exceeds $1.1 billion.

With its guiding principles to build trust, push boundaries, innovate and keep it simple, APRIL Global Assistance Network benefits from an extensive organizational structure servicing more than six million policyholders worldwide.

The company’s U.S. division is supported by American Modern Insurance Group (an AM Best A+ rated carrier) as its preferred underwriter and is headquartered at 11900 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 600, Miami, FL, 33181.

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