Whether you’re living on the east coast of New York or taking a holiday along the coast of the Caribbean, extreme weather can happen anywhere, anytime. In fact, 63.3% of flight delays were due to poor weather conditions, according to the Bureau of Transportation. So, let’s say you’ve waited all year for your ultimate vacation. Your bags are packed and as you’re ready to go; the weather report claims a tropical storm will hit your next destination.
A tropical storm, especially a hurricane, can feel like a nightmare for the ultimate summer getaway. True, you may experience more days of thunderstorms and gloomy weather, but there’s a good chance it will not be all rain either. With the proper planning and adjustments, here’s how you can prepare for the worst and make the best of your vacation, even in bad weather.
Check the local weather before you book your trip
Tropical storms and typhoons are common in most coastal areas, especially when in the south. In general, aim to stick with websites and hotels that offer refunds should a mandatory evacuation occur. Most hotels may not offer refunds but will allow you to reschedule your visit.
Invest in coverage
Consider buying hurricane insurance that offers full coverage on lodging and travel expenses. Travel insurance coverage can reimburse travelers for their pre-paid trip and travel costs, even when their destination is considered uninhabitable. When choosing the right insurance plan, look for the following:
• Trip cancellation: Travel insurance usually reimburses 100% of your pre-paid trip when listed as a covered reason.
• Trip interruption: When an unexpected event happens post-departure, your coverage plan should reimburse travelers for unused accommodations, flights, and reservations.
• Missed connections: Coverage should also reimburse reasonable additional expenses caused by unused pre-paid expenses if they miss a connecting flight or departure caused by poor weather cancellation.
Travel delays: Travel insurance should cover reasonable expenses caused by long periods of delays due to extreme weather.
Reduce the risks of storm-prone stops
While it may sound like a no-brainer, avoid traveling through airports that are commonly at risk of cancellations and delays. For example, Manila is prone to experiencing canceled flights during the hurricane season while Chicago’s stormy weather is known to cause a delay or two during the months of December and January. When possible, book a direct flight. If there’s an alternative connection, make sure to plan enough time between flights that allow room for delays.
Keep an open mind
Extreme weather doesn’t have to put a damper on your trip. In fact, this will open up more stories and opportunities to bond and share experiences with your loved ones. You can visit the local restaurants, take advantage of indoor activities, or even use that time for some “alone time” with your spouse. The sun will come out during your trip, eventually. Even if it doesn’t, there is still beauty to be found during the rainy season.