More than 38 million* Americans (15.7 percent) plan on missing work to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a survey by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance.
The survey found the majority (5.3 percent) of the respondents who plan to miss work will watch while at their place of employment, while others will leave early or come in late to catch the games (3.8 percent), take time off to view (2.9 percent), call in sick in order to watch (2.3 percent) and take a vacation to observe live in Rio (1.4 percent).
Interestingly, it also discovered that the majority of Americans would prefer to follow the 2016 Summer Olympics on television (60.7 percent) over watching it live in person (13.9 percent) or through other platforms including online streaming (8.5 percent), social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat, Periscope – (7.6 percent), newspaper (6.5 percent) or radio (2.9 percent).
While Americans would rather watch the Olympics through a screen, the biggest lure reported by respondents for traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics is, unsurprisingly, the games (36.9 percent) followed by the destination (27.7 percent), mix of cultures in attendance (17.7 percent), parties (8.3 percent), athletes (5.5 percent) and ceremonies (3.9 percent).
For those that do plan on making the trip to Rio de Janeiro to enjoy the XXXI Olympic Games, Allianz Global Assistance suggests getting travel insurance to protect against the unexpected.**
Medical costs in Brazil are high: for example, medical treatment for a broken leg in Rio de Janeiro could cost between $6,000 and $7,000, according to data compiled by Allianz Global Assistance.
Whether it’s a medical issue or a travel delay, a travel insurance policy from Allianz Global Assistance can provide peace of mind, especially for travel outside the U.S., where many hospitals may request cash payments in the thousands before treatment even begins. Many U.S. health insurance policies (including Medicare and Medicaid) may not cover international travel; those that do may not cover the cost of medical evacuation.
Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers.
*Number is calculated from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimates of Americans aged 18 years or older.