Monday, May 22, 2017

Hurricane Season Travel Tips










Being aware of hurricane season and what that means for your travel plans is important. Hurricane season is around the corner, running from June 1st to November 30th in the Atlantic, and from May 15th to November 30th in the Eastern Pacific1. So what's in store for 2017? Researchers are predicting a total of 11 named storms throughout the year.2 

To help prepare yourself during storm season (hurricane, tornado, severe thunderstorms), what precautions should you take when planning you summer travels? 

Purchase Travel Insurance
You've likely invested a lot of time and money into planning your vacation. Protect your travel investment with a Allianz travel insurance plan. Some plans offer 24/7 assistance services that can help with re-booking flights, changing travel arrangements, or assisting with evacuation should the need arise. 

Always read the policy terms and conditions before purchasing to make sure the plan you've selected includes the weather coverage you're seeking, as coverage varies by plan.

Know Policies
Familiarize yourself with the policies of airlines and hotels that you'll be using during your trip. Knowing up front what their policies cover in the event of bad weather may save you time and money.

Plan Ahead
Review your resort/hotel/vacation home's evacuation procedure and know where you need to go and how to get there in the event of a tropical storm, severe weather or tornado. 

Choose Your Destination Wisely
There's no way to predict where a hurricane will land. But thanks to geographic location the Southern Caribbean islands are less frequently affected.3 

Monitor Weather Conditions
Pay attention to the daily weather forecast. Is there a tropical storm or severe weather brewing? If the words "evacuation" or "take cover" are mentioned, take it seriously and get to a shelter. If you have time to evacuate before a forecasted storm hits, or need assistance departing as soon as possible in the aftermath of a storm.

1: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
2: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-hurricane-season-forecast-atlantic-colorado-state
3: http://www.frommers.com/trip-ideas/beach-water-sports/hurricane-season-5-caribbean-travel-tips


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