Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tips on Traveling During Hurricane Season

This year's hurricane season, which ends Dec. 1, is expected to beactive to extremely active” according to NOAA. Travelers heading to affected areas should heed the following tips:

  • If you’re flying, check your airline’s Contract of Carriage to determine what the carrier will do for you in the case of “force majeure” events such as extreme weather; this document can be found on the airline’s website.

  • If you’re booking through a travel agent or tour operator, ask in advance about contingency plans for hurricanes and severe weather. Travel insurance is very affordable and can protect you.

  • If you’re going to be cruising in potentially threatening waters, speak to your travel agent or cruise line about the potential for delayed, diverted, or cancelled itineraries.

  • Before booking a hotel or resort, inquire about cancellation penalties due to hurricanes.

  • If you’re driving, learn the safest routes to avoid catastrophe, since even natives can be caught off-guard by a hurricane. Earlier this month, AAA reported an online survey revealed 33 percent of Florida residents are unsure of their emergency evacuation routes.

  • If you’re overseas, check the US State Department’s Travel Page for updates on severe weather. The site offers traveler tips as well.

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