Despite the US Department of State's recent travel alert for Europe, Americans are still making plans to visit the destination and additionally, more travelers are opting to insure trips to alternative destinations this summer.
The five most popular European destinations â€" Italy, France, UK, Germany and Spain â€" account for nearly a quarter of Squaremouth customers traveling this summer, consistent with last year.
Additional European destinations are gaining popularity among the website's customers, including Norway and Denmark, compared to last summer.
Squaremouth has also seen more Americans choosing to travel closer to home this summer, with Canada rising to the second most popular international destination overall, a significant increase compared to last summer.
The current travel alert follows a previous Europe Travel Alert issued by the State Department on March 22, following the Brussels terrorist attacks. In the months since the initial advisory, Squaremouth has not seen a decrease in the number of travelers insuring trips to popular European destinations.
The only exception is France, which has dropped slightly compared to Squaremouth sales for the same time period last year.
"The travel alert hasn't stopped people from visiting Europe," said Squaremouth spokesperson Rachael Taft. "We've seen that travelers are opting to insure their trips rather than avoid Europe altogether."
Squaremouth launched the Europe Travel Alert and Travel Insurance Information Center to explain coverage related to the travel alert for Europe. This resource is regularly updated with frequently asked questions, provider position statements, and relevant notices related to the Europe Travel Alert.