How to Have a Hurricane-Proof Vacation
Courtesy of Insuremytrip.com
Tip #2: Buy Travel Insurance Early
Trip cancellation package policies can protect you if your vacation is disrupted by a hurricane. Depending on their coverage, they can protect you if your airline or cruise line stops operating; if your destination becomes uninhabitable because of a storm; or if there is a hurricane warning (NOAA issues these warnings five days before a hurricane is expected to hit). You can also buy travel insurance that lets you cancel your trip for any reason, including just the threat of a hurricane (although such coverage is costly, as much as 50 percent higher than regular trip cancellation policies).
A good place to start comparing travel insurance policies is insuremytrip.com, a portal that sells U.S. travel policies from 19 different insurers (including American Express Travel Insurance and Global Alert, two of the most popular). Remember to buy early. According to Jim Grace, president and CEO of insuremytrip.com, the terms of any policy kick in only if you buy it before the hurricane that could disrupt your vacation appears on NOAA’s weather map.