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National Travel & Tourism Week: Thoughts on Why Travel Matters


May 6, 2011 - San Diego, Ca And Bethesda, MD

CSA Travel Protection (CSA), dedicated for the past 20 years to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services, and Europ Assistance USA (EA USA), assisting travelers when the unexpected happens, support the U.S. Travel Association's National Travel & Tourism Week (May 7-14) by asking its online community why travel matters to them.

Travel is a necessity and a privilege. People around the world travel daily for business, entertainment, family, education, relaxation and an overall better quality of life. One of America's largest industries, travel generated $1.8 trillion in economic output, with $759 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1 trillion in other industries.*

CSA and EA USA celebrate this important activity with the U.S. Travel Association and its members this week by asking travelers on Facebook and Twitter, "Why does travel matter to you?" Here is a sampling of responses from around the country:

  • "Travel is fun to me because it opens my mind up to new perspectives. I start questioning my way of life and what I can improve." (Julie Wagoner -- Boulder, CO)

  • "Travel matters to educate your children (and sometimes yourself) on how others live outside your own small circle. Travel matters to bring to life our country's history and culture. Travel matters to showcase this world's glorious creations." (Sharon Kenagy-Finley -- Emporia, KS)

  • "Travel matters to me b/c I like to think I'm a cultured individual lol. I can always brag about which places I've been to!" (Christina Gregor -- San Diego, CA)

  • "For the mind opening experiences it provides!" (Kirsten Khire -- East Lansing, MI)

  • "The people and the habitats are important to me, the more I travel, the more I get to experience the diversity of both." (Brenda Boitson -- Lancaster, PA)

  • "Travel matters because (for our trips) it is just about fun and being with the family. We get time to not get caught up in work, chores, or other tasks. We just get to get up, explore, and enjoy the new place we are in." (Kim Jester -- Menifee, CA)

  • "Here's a Mark Twain quote I've always loved and expresses why travel matters: 'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.' -Mark Twain" (Michelle Schamberger -- Leadville, CO)

  • "Travel matters: I get quality time with people I love. I see new places and expand who I am. I learn. I get a break from reality." (Natalie Wardel -- San Diego, CA)

  • "You really have no real concept of places -- and the distance between them -- until you have been there. As others have said, travel helps us understand regional differences and experience life outside of ourselves." (Kellye Crane -- Atlanta, GA)

  • "Travel matters because it allows your mind to 'travel' or wander away from your life. It gives the partially insane sanity even just for a few days. It gives the home sick a touch of memories, it can provide the cluster-minded business people, a vacation. Because whether you're a mom, a dad, a bum, a business executive, a garbage man, or a retired grandparent, travel gives you that few seconds of freedom from every little thing you want to escape from." (Breanna Humphrey -- Oceanside, CA)

  • "Because it helps us remember that the world is bigger than just us and that there is always an adventure just around the corner... and the obvious, it gives us a chance to get away from the 'norm' and refresh our souls." (Jean Chadwick -- Los Angeles, CA)

  • "Travel brings reality to non-fiction." (Angela Bailey -- Independence, MO)

Travelers can find CSA Travel Protection on Twitter (@CSATP) and Europ Assistance USA on Twitter (@EA_USA) and Facebook.

About CSA Travel Protection
CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance company, is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers' valuable investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. Now celebrating its 20-year anniversary, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

About Europ Assistance USA
Europ Assistance USA takes care of consumers, corporate customers and their employees when the unexpected happens, anywhere in the world, providing immediate support and assistance to individuals in times of emergency and distress. Leveraging its worldwide network of 39 always-open multilingual assistance centers and 410,000 partners in 208 countries and territories, EA USA offers personalized medical travel assistance, identity theft resolution, data breach response and beneficiary assistance services to half of the companies listed in the Fortune 100, including insurance companies, financial institutions, corporations and government organizations. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, EA USA is part of the Europ Assistance Group, which is owned by Global 500 insurance conglomerate Generali Group.

*U.S. Travel Association

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