Hurricane-Proof Your Vacation

A little preparation can save big bucks
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 17, 2008 2:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – The government’s storm-watching body upped this year’s hurricane forecast to include 14 to 18 named storms, which could spell trouble for travelers. Forbes offers tips to stem potential financial losses and prevent your Caribbean vacation from going south.

  • Know your risks: The National Hurricane Center offers a month-by-month historical snapshot of hot spots.

  • Watch predictions: Keep an eye on the National Weather Service, which can predict trouble 5 days out, and adjust accordingly.
  • Pack smart: Energy bars and water filtration pumps are indispensable if a hurricane shows up.
  • Safeguard with a "hurricane guarantee": Some hotels offer this policy, allowing for refunds and rebooking.
  • Know your airline: If you're headed to a high-risk area, avoid carriers with cancellation fees, or, better yet, purchase a fully-refundable ticket.
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