Each year, millions of Americans book fall break travel plans, but many may not realize this is hurricane season.   

It actually starts June 1 and doesn’t end until the end of November. Most hurricanes, however, tend to form in September and October.  We could go into a huge explanation that would take a meteorology degree to understand, but to make it simple….the waters in the Atlantic are much warmer in September and October than early summer, and the warm waters create the perfect conditions to produce a hurricane.  

Go, travel and experience the amazing destinations that the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico have to offer.  Here are some tips to consider for your next fall break vacation: 

*Travel insurance is highly recommended for many reasons but having it during hurricane season can save you a ton of money and headache. Having the right policy is also very important. There are many types of policies and each involves different amounts of risk. A cancel for any reason policy will protect a traveler if a travel is just too scared to travel, but other policies will only cover a traveler if the storm itself has caused the travel delay or cancellation. 

*Consider a cruise during hurricane season.  In the event a storm forms, a cruise ship is equipped with technology in which they can avoid the storms and navigate around to different areas of the Caribbean and Mexico, so not to interrupt a fantastic cruise experience. If your ship is scheduled to visit a port that is affected by a storm, the cruise line will choose another port of call or add a day at sea. Also, you may find great deals on cruises during hurricane season as well.   

*Leave a day or two at the end of your trip to give some time for travel delays.  If a storm affects travel to/from your destination, in an effort to not miss work or other events you need to be home for, allow a buffer time for travel delays. 

*Think about where you park your vehicle. If you are cruising out of Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, or New Orleans, or staying at a resort in an area that could be affected by weather, choose a parking garage with covered parking on a higher floor, and park your vehicle in the middle of the garage and not along the edge where weather could damage your vehicle. 

*Pack smart - when weather may threaten your trip with delays or cancellations, have the essentials you need in your carry on, and keep on your person at all times. What are the essentials?  Your money, your travel documents, your ID, your cell phone, your cell phone charger, and your prescription medication.  These items should always be carried on regardless of weather, and never checked in your luggage. 

Jana Smith is the owner of Main Street Travel, LLC - mstcco.com

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