Hurricane Irene has made headlines this week, during a season in which many named storms have been predicted. Don’t let this deter making vacation plans to Florida, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, as there are several steps travelers can make to buy some peace of mind.
Vacation providers are adding complimentary travel insurance to packages to storm-prone destinations. CheapCaribbean.com is providing it on its 45%-off Jamaica getaway for travel through September. And other packagers offer optional insurance covering storms -- be sure to inquire about availability and cost while booking.
If piecing together a trip yourself, consider adding independent insurance. Reputable websites including InsureMyTrip.com, Travel Guard, TripInsuranceStore.com, QuoteWright.com and Squaremouth.com compile information and policies, making it easy to find what’s right for you. Be sure to carefully read the policy before purchasing to make sure it covers hurricanes and other inclement weather. Here's some tips for insuring your next trip.
Are you one to play it safe -- very safe? Remember the letters A-B-C. Three Caribbean destinations -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao -- lie outside the hurricane belt and are offering discounts in fall. Curacao was recently Travelzoo’s Destination of the Week and has savings of as much as 45%.