Travel can involve some risks, which is why travel insurance is so important. But with a little forward planning, preparation and knowledge about your destination you can help avoid problems and minimize the risk of a stressful vacation. It is useful to pay attention to travel warnings and recommendations so you can take appropriate steps to prevent problems. At this time of the year, hurricane and typhoon season may affect your destination.
Hurricane and typhoon season in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean is current now and continues until the beginning of December. This means hurricanes or strong winds could affect vacation destinations in these areas. Tourists are advised to take heed of warnings and take appropriate action in the event of bad weather.
After storms, visitors are often left in uncomfortable situations and may encounter less than ideal conditions depending on the severity of the storm. You may be delayed waiting to travel out off the country due to damage to the infrastructure. Roads and airports are often affected by hurricane winds meaning limited flights and difficulty reaching the airport. You may encounter problems with flooding and landslides.
If you are in an area that is scheduled to be affected by a hurricane or typhoon you need to keep current with information by watching the local media. You can also get information on the US State Department website. Follow the advice of local authorities when it comes to evacuation. Keep in close contact with friends and relatives and make sure someone knows your whereabouts. You can be protected from many potential problems in hurricane season by making sure you have good quality visitor insurance. Buying visitor insurance before you travel helps limit the chances you will be stuck with a large bill for unexpected delays or medical expenses.