Useful tips for travelling during hurricane season
Going on holiday during hurricane season may cause worry and confusion, but it can also be beneficial in terms of saving money as flights and accommodation tend to be cheaper during this season. We discuss the key things that you need to know if you are planning on travelling during hurricane season.
When is hurricane season?
Hurricane season runs from June to November each year. This is when the weather is warmest, and when the ocean is also at its warmest temperature.
Where do hurricanes occur?
Hurricanes and tropical storms can affect areas such as the Caribbean islands (particularly the most southern) , the north coast of South America, Mexico, Central America and other parts of the United States such as Florida.
Things to consider before you book a holiday during hurricane season
It is a good idea to do your research before you book your holiday. If your destination is prone to hurricanes and bad weather during this time, you might want to consider travelling at a different time of year.
If you do decide to go ahead and travel during hurricane season you may want to extend your travel insurance to include Natural Catastrophe Cover.
Natural Catastrophe Cover is designed to enhance your policy by providing additional cover for cancellation, delay and additional expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events, including hurricanes and tropical storms.
What if a hurricane does hit when you are on holiday?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently published advice for British Nationals visiting the US in Hurricane season, including:
- If you know a hurricane is forecast: Know and understand your surroundings, especially if you are in a hurricane evacuation zone. Ensure you have access to supplies of food, water, radio, torches and a first aid kit.
- The US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website gives information on preparing for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate.
- Pay close attention to weather reports.
- Monitor local and international weather updates on television and radio and on-line from the World Meteorological Organisation and the US National Hurricane Center.
- Follow @FCOTravel and or visit the FCO website for Foreign Office Travel Advice for the USA or the country you are visiting.
- Give family and friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and call, text, or email them to let them know your plans if a hurricane or tropical storm is forecast to affect the area you are in.
- Don’t forget to let family and friends know you are OK once the storm is over.
Keep important numbers handy such as family and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers and that of the British embassy and consulates general in the US in case you need further assistance.