Hurricane Isaac ruining your travel plans?


A lot of people travel this time of year to the Caribbean because of the cheaper prices.  Those cheaper prices are due to the fact that this time of year is the height of hurricane season.  Hurricane Isaac may have disrupted some travelers’ plans of getting in that end-of-the-summer vacation, but a few important elements to keep in mind may make a big difference in your vacation experience.

First and foremost, always, always, always get travel insurance, especially for travel during hurricane season to the tropics.  I have heard many people say buying travel insurance is like burning a hundred-dollar bill.  I am pretty sure those people never had their plans changed by an unexpected illness, loss of job, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstance that most insurance policies cover.  Most people save, sometimes for years for a week-long cruise or all-inclusive resort stay in the Caribbean.  Why not protect that investment by purchasing insurance.  Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it, but if you do you’ll be thankful you had it.

Second, and what is equally as important is book your travel with an agent who will go to bat for you should the need arise.  If there is a hurricane forecasted, your agent can keep you informed with up-to-the-minute information from the cruiseline or airline on any changes that may be made to your itinerary.  He or she can help you with alternate plans if weather is too severe for your travel to continue.  Fortunately, this doesn’t happen as often as it may seem.  Cruiselines rarely have to cancel sailings because of hurricanes.  Generally, if they can get the ship out of port, they can avoid the storm and alter the itinerary.  You may have different ports than originally planned, but your cruise experience will be just as wonderful.

Lastly, never hesitate to ask for a refund, or a reschedule for a later date.  Even though that airline ticket says it is nonrefundable, if there has been unforeseen circumstances like a hurricane they may work with you if you ask.  Hotels or resorts may offer incentives to book with them again if your stay was affected by inclement weather even though it is something that is completely out of their control.  But, remember you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.  Demanding that you get special treatment probably isn’t going to get you anywhere.

The effects of Mother Nature can create some devastating disasters, but they can also create some of the most extraordinary formations and landscapes that you will be blessed to experience.  Remember to be flexible when possible, and try to go with the flow.  Your experience will be all the more rewarding for it.


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