Saving Money on Travel During Hurricane Season

Posted on 05/27/2013

It's time once again to start thinking about hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and June 1 marks the official start to another hurricane season. For many people this means keeping an eye on the Weather Channel, but for bargain hunters, this can signal the start of travel discounts.

Hit the Caribbean
The Caribbean is paradise on Earth, but paradise has its pitfalls. It's located in the most active area for hurricanes known as the hurricane belt. Keep an eye out for discounts in this area, especially during the most active months of August, September and October.

Search for Cruise Discounts
Some resorts choose to shutter in September because of the high probability of hurricanes and cruise lines are also willing to drop prices in order to entice more customers to hop on board. Search for cruise deals in the Caribbean or along the east coast of the US.

Try the North Carolina Coast
According to, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina has had 104 bouts with hurricanes in the last 140 years. That's quite a bit and could be enough to scare off some potential travelers. But for the hurricane hardy, hit the coast to find some storm season sales.

Check out Florida and Mississippi
Florida and Mississippi are known as hurricane hotspots. In fact, four out of five cities predicted to have active seasons by are in these states: Pascagoula, Mississippi, Ft Walton Beach, Florida, Vero Beach, Florida and Boynton Beach, Florida. If you're not worried about the chance of a major summer storm then look for travel bargains in coastal communities in these states.

Consider Hurricane Travel Insurance
If you're worried your travel investment may get washed away by a storm, consider purchasing travel insurance specifically for hurricanes. But be sure to get multiple quotes before diving in. Experts say expect to pay four to eight percent of your trip's nonrefundable cost. If you got a good deal that shouldn't be cost prohibitive.

By Alison Storm

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