Hurricane season started June 1st. Here's what that means for your upcoming travel plans.

Hurricane season started June 1st. Here's what that means for your upcoming travel plans.

Summer is here, and families all over are gearing up for their much-anticipated summer vacations. If you're anything like us, the thought of your upcoming trip has been one of the only things getting you through those sluggish Mondays. For many Travelers, with summer comes the arrival other exciting things, like theme park trips, relaxing beach vacations, glamorous resort stays, and finally taking that cruise you've been dreaming about. However, it also brings something not-s0-glamorous: hurricane season. If you're like most other travelers, you may be wondering what hurricane season means for your upcoming vacation plans. Never fear, your friendly Vacation Navigators have your back, and we believe in keeping you informed, safe, and well-prepared for any travel scenario. So buckle up and let's dive into what this hurricane season means for your travel plans!

Hurricane season runs every year from June 1st-November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an active hurricane season for 2023, estimating anywhere from 12-17 named storms. While it's impossible to predict exactly when and where these storms will strike, being prepared can make all the difference. Some high risk areas include states along the Atlantic or Gulf Coast (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama), Caribbean islands, and Eastern Mexico and Central America.

If you're planning to travel to one (or more!) of these destinations this hurricane season, no need to panic. These fantastic destinations know a thing or two about dealing with nature's curveballs. In the event of a hurricane, cruise lines, theme parks, and resorts/hotels have comprehensive contingency plans in place to ensure your safety.

Cruise lines closely monitor weather conditions and may alter itineraries to steer clear of stormy areas. While this might mean a change in ports or an extended stay on board, your safety is their top priority. They're experts at making lemonade out of lemons, so even if your planned beach day gets a bit wavy, they'll go above and beyond to keep you entertained with onboard activities and unique experiences.

When it comes to theme parks, they are well-prepared to tackle inclement weather. They may modify operating hours or temporarily close certain attractions to ensure the safety of guests and employees. Fear not, though, because theme parks are masters of creating magical moments, rain or shine. From indoor shows and entertainment to fantastic dining experiences, they'll make sure your trip remains unforgettable.

Hotels and resorts have emergency plans and dedicated staff to keep you safe. They secure outdoor furniture, reinforce windows and doors, and follow local authorities' recommendations. With backup power systems in place, you won't be left in the dark. During the storm, they may ask guests to stay indoors or relocate to designated safe areas within the property. Indoor amenities and activities, like spas, fitness centers, lounges, and delightful dining options, will keep you entertained!

However, it's crucial to not overlook the importance of being proactive and protecting yourself during hurricane season. We strongly recommend talking to one of our knowledgeable Vacation Navigators and considering travel insurance with hurricane coverage. Travel insurance with hurricane coverage offers peace of mind, protecting your investment in case your trip gets disrupted by a storm. Hurricane coverage must be purchased before a storm is named, so purchasing coverage sooner rather than later ensures your protection. Our third-party insurance provider, RoamRight, has many plans at various price points, so there's sure to be a plan that fits your needs and can give you that priceless peace of mind. So, even if your dream getaway gets caught in a storm's path, you won't have to worry about losing your hard-earned money.

So, as you work with your Vacation Navigator to plan your upcoming adventures, embrace the excitement, but also be prepared. If you're interested in getting travel insurance and hurricane coverage, reach out to your Vacation Navigator, or send us a message on any of our social platforms. We have Vacation Navigators standing by, ready to make sure you're protected this season. Let's navigate this hurricane season together!

Written by Vacation Navigator Kathryn Wanzek