Sun. Sand. Water. The summer travel season is officially in full swing, and for those traveling to coastal destinations, it’s important to note that it’s also hurricane season. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to Nov. 30. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your summer travel:
- If you are U.S. citizen planning to travel internationally, you should sign up for the U.S. Embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which will make it easier to get in contact with you if there is an emergency (such as a hurricane, typhoon or other natural disaster) in the area to which you are traveling.
- Before you book your hotel or other accommodations, call ahead to find out about allowances in the cancellation policy in the event of a hurricane.
- If you’re traveling to an area where hurricanes and typhoons are prevalent, make sure you have access to a radio, TV or mobile device for frequent updates on severe weather. You should also be sure to view/listen to local stations regularly in order to become aware of any tropical storms that may develop and anticipate related disruptions, including road closures and electrical outages.
- Maintain close contact with your tour operator, cruise line, hotel staff and local officials so you will know local protocols and procedures if inclement weather should occur during your vacation.
- Make sure your vehicle always has plenty of fuel. Because weather can quickly change and tropical storms may blow in without much warning, try to avoid having to stop for gas on your way to a safer area. Stay ahead of the game with a full tank of gas and ensure access to basic needs, including medications, food and water.
- Always remember to purchase travel insurance before a tropical weather system is named.
Be sure to pack a Travel Guard® travel insurance plan from AIG Travel, so you can enjoy your vacation with confidence. In the event of a covered tropical weather event, travel insurance may provide coverage under the Trip Cancellation benefit so that you may be reimbursed for the prepaid, forfeited, nonrefundable trip costs up to the limit of the coverage purchased. Many travel insurance plans also come with 24/7 assistance services to rebook cancelled flights and help you get to safety. For more information, contact your travel advisor, call Travel Guard at 1-800-826-1300 or visit www.travelguard.com.