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Traveling During Atlantic Hurricane Season

Traveling during the Atlantic hurricane season, from June until November, may add spice into your adventure soup; nevertheless that spice can be too bitter to enjoy your adventurous holiday. Chili pepper is delicious as long as you don’t pour the whole package into your meal.

Embarking on an adventure means taking a leap of faith into a super fun activity accepting all possible unfortunate outcomes. Actually, an adventurous holiday is fun if there is a mishap in it. However, the sweet tickling feeling of mishap can turn into a calamity which wouldn’t taste better than a dish which is full of super-hot wasabi if you are on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the hurricane season.

Prices Drop Drastically during the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Having a Caribbean holiday is a glamorous dream for many people, especially for the ones who work hard until summer planning a relaxing or adventurous escape from the tedious daily routine of life in crowded cities.

As a matter of fact, visiting a heaven-like island and peeling the exhaustion of past months out of your skin in a clear turquoise water on an Atlantic island is not a far-fetched dream as you think since you can actually plan a budget vacation if you travel during the hurricane season which actually coincides with the summer holiday season in the northern hemisphere.

U.S. Virgin Islands (Photo by F Mira)

A lot of travelers stay away from the Caribbean in summer due to high chance of being caught by a hurricane which has been assigned a human name by the World Meteorological Organization. Therefore, if you are willing to take the risk in order to enjoy travelling in extreme climates and beauty of the Caribbean islands, you can save a lot of money while experiencing an unforgettable adventure. Here are some tips for you to decrease the chance of getting caught by another Hurricane Ivan which caused a great damage in Jamaica and Cayman Islands in 2004!

Insurance is Vital

Yes, you are adventurous. However, it doesn’t mean that you walk around in an iron clad which makes you invincible. There are many insurance companies all over the world which provide effective and inexpensive services. However, you’d better make sure that your policy includes trip cancellation clause so that you can be compensated if a storm breaks out prior to your trip.

Online Research is Useful

National Hurricane Center Forecast

National Hurricane Center Forecast

It is advised to check the websites of the World Meteorological Organization and the National Hurricane Center prior to your trip. If there is a hurricane alert, then it is better to postpone your trip since you can find many other adventure travel destinations all over the world.

Prefer Safer Islands

Aruba (Photo by Harvey Barrison)

Aruba (Photo by Harvey Barrison)

Despite the fact that majority of the Caribbean islands are situated in the hurricane belt, some of them are relatively safe. Thus, if you prefer visiting such islands as Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Providencia Island, and San Andres, you can feel safer since these islands don’t face the harsh face of destructive hurricanes as often as the other Caribbean islands.

Prefer Direct Flights

If you have a chance to book a direct flight, then it is much better for you since there is a chance of finding yourself in a situation of emergency. In case such a mishap occurs to you, you probably won’t want to find yourself in an airport rush. Moreover, if you are an extreme sports enthusiast carrying special gear with you, then transfer flight will probably create a burden on you.

Be Available

Scuba Diving in Cayman Islands (Photo by TheSquirrelfish)

Scuba Diving in Cayman Islands (Photo by TheSquirrelfish)

If you travel to the middle of the hurricane belt during the high season, there will be people who will be concerned about your well-being at home. But this is not the reason why you should be available at all times through your mobile phone since in case of an emergency you may need to get in touch with your insurance company. Moreover, the local authorities may want to inform you about an approaching hurricane. Thus, being reachable is of a significant importance even when you are doing scuba diving in the Cayman Islands.

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About the author

Keremcan Ayhan

Keremcan is a passionate traveller, professional philologist and a travel writer. After spending years in different countries, he fell in love with beauty of Budapest and decided to settle down (well, at least for a while). Adventure travel and literature are among his biggest interests.

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