Traveling during Hurricane Shoulder season? Insurance is a good bet: Travel Weekly

Omar Perez

As November approaches, the Caribbean islands start to breathe a little easier.30 days come to an end after all hurricane season.

This year, Hurricanes Ian and Fiona in particular brought destruction And death on various islands. Guadeloupe was also affected, causing landslides and storm surges, flooding parts of the country.

I spent 4 days there at the beginning of November. Although it’s not officially high season yet, many travelers frequented the beaches, restaurants and attractions. It looked like the hurricane season was over.

Wrong. As a native Floridian who knows what a storm millibar increase or decrease means, I should have known better.

What began as a system of random showers in the Caribbean turned into a subtropical storm Nicole two days after my arrival. Two days later, a connecting flight from Guadeloupe to Florida was canceled due to a storm.

My thoughts turned to travel insurance – I should have. The problem is, once the Storm is named, it’s too late.

Covid and flu are rampant in the news. Tropical storm formations aren’t that common, but they’re an important consideration, especially if you’re traveling internationally and a single day can make a difference in storm strength and trajectory.

Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO and Founder of Travel Insurance Company VisitorsCoverage, said: “Fortunately, travel insurance is designed to mitigate the financial impact of these situations.”

In the last six months of 2022, approximately one-third of VisitorsCoverage’s travel insurance sales came from Travel Advisor.

“The pandemic has changed the way people look at travel insurance,” says Srivastava. “With flights suspended and borders closed during the pandemic, travelers have seen the benefits of travel insurance first hand. We see increased interest in travel insurance when faced with an increase in travel, or an increased risk of severe weather.”

Consumers will spend $1.72 billion on travel insurance in 2020, with more than 24.1 million plans covering 36 million people, according to a study by the American Association of Travel Insurance.

However, I am not the only one who has purchased travel insurance and at the time of writing this article, I have had to spend up to three days in a connecting city before returning home. That’s it for you to breathe a sigh of relief.

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