First Hurricane Irene lashed the Caribbean and the East Coast of the US, then Britain found itself in the firing line, as the tail end of Hurricane Katia clipped northern parts of England and Scotland. Hurricanes are definitely in the news right now.
And during a season in which many named storms have been predicted, it’s likely to stay that way. But you shouldn’t let this stop you making holiday plans – if you’re considering a trip to Florida or the Caribbean, there are several steps you can take to buy some peace of mind.
Firstly, make sure you’ve got travel insurance, particularly when piecing a trip together yourself. Reputable companies including InsureandGo, Columbus Direct and Direct Travel Insurance all offer policies with hurricane cover included. As ever, make sure you read the policy carefully to be aware of any exclusions. Here are some tips for insuring your next trip.
If you want to play it really safe, just remember the letters A-B-C. Three Caribbean destinations -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao -- lie outside the hurricane belt. Plus, the two Ts, Trinidad and Tobago, are also in the safe zone.
And to make sure you don’t spend the whole time worrying, just remember this stat: according to experts, the chance of being affected by a hurricane during a 2-week Caribbean holiday is roughly 2-3%.