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How to plan a trip without worrying about a hurricane


Emily Vukovic
Video Journalist

Friday, August 10, 2018, 12:55 PM - Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th (in the eastern Pacific it starts May 15th) and that also happens to be peak travel time for many people. Kids are off school and travel deals are everywhere.

When you plan a trip, do you always consider the weather? A bad storm can not only derail your plans but put you in a dangerous situation. In 2017, the Canadian government issued travel warnings for many of the most popular destinations for Canadians including Antigua, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, parts of Florida during one of the most destructive and dangerous hurricane seasons on record. The area dealt with four major storms one right after another – hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria and Jose.

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According to Travel Pulse Canada, over 400 Canadians were stranded during hurricane Irma and many tourists incurred expenses they had not foreseen, nor budgeted for. Having travel insurance with trip cancellation and interruption benefits could have made their ordeals easier to endure.

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Here are a few helpful ideas to protect your vacation during hurricane season.

Two words: Travel Insurance -- even if you think you don’t need it for your specific destination. New York was tragically affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Harvey destroyed many areas in Texas in 2017.

According to Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), different airlines hotels and resorts will have policies in regards to cancellations or changes due to unforeseen events. These policies are not always communicated up front, sometimes they are enacted during or following an event, but are typically and strictly applied to a specific event.

Does it have a name?  When a hurricane (or any storm) becomes a named storm, it also becomes a "foreseeable event" with known potential to affect your travel. If you buy travel insurance after a storm is named, your plan may not provide coverage for storm-related claims.

CAA recommends not basing your decision regarding insurance on price alone, but rather look at what coverage is most appropriate for your circumstances and consider the different types of plans. It also sates, If you are planning an action-oriented excursion which includes adventure sports check with your insurance provider to see if you will be covered in case of an accident.

And lastly, don't forget to tell someone where you’re leaving. CAA says you should make sure detailed information is left with family or friends, including, flight details, hotel name, location and telephone number, and itinerary.

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