Thursday, August 20, 2009

What To Do When Hurricanes Loom?

Hurricane Bill has made us all sit up a little bit straighter when it comes to the weather, and we're going to be checking this strong storm out until it blows through the Atlantic, hopefully away from land. Recent reports have shown Hurricane Bill, a Category 3 storm, will stay east of most of the U.S. East Coast. That being said, it's still important to watch storms—they can be unpredictable, and on vacation, that's the last thing you need. Especially with Hurricane Watches in effect, if you've never experienced being on an island or the coast with a storm looming, things can get nerve-wracking. While your travel agent should advise you about potential storm centers or the hurricane season, why not just look into a few tips to keep you safe, while also looking into a few vacation spots that won't cause you headache when it comes to planning.

What to Know About Hurricane Season When On Vacation
Keep in mind that even in locations with the most dangerous storms (or the most frequent dangerous weather), serious storms are few and far between. There are also periods during the hurricane season when it's less likely that you will be in danger, so take a look at these tips before you just settle for an off-season vacation at a deep discount, because of Hurricane concerns.

The official hurricane season began on May 15th and runs through November, and areas in its reach include the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. You don't need to stress about a hurricane messing up your Mexican Pacific or Caribbean vacation from December through May, and that's a great relief. However, did you know that Aruba has a history of very few hurricanes, even during the height of the season? Only six have passed within 62 miles of the islands since 1877, and even when storm conditions arise, the island hardly suffers the severe effects you may see elsewhere.

If you want to go on vacation during the hurricane season, and you're worried about a storm disturbing your holiday, you've got a couple of options. If you are staying in a resort, ask your agent what they plan to do in case of emergency, and look into potential compensation if you need to evacuate a resort. Lastly, you can even research travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. With the advice from your travel agent and your own personal research, you'll be well on your way to a luxurious vacation, no matter what time of the year it is.

Suggested Hotels for Your Summer Vacation
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino: Great amenities and a superb level of service makes this hotel experience a fun way. Hang out on tennis courts or get a massage at their amazing Stillwater Spa, and try out the casino if you are feeling daring.

Four Seasons Las Vegas: Looking for a way to enjoy the water without having to worry about hurricane season? There's always the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, which is in a perfect location to hop in some rooftop pools, drink fruity tropical drinks, and just chill for the duration of your stay.

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole: If all your friends are going to the islands, why not switch it up and go to the countryside? The Four Seasons Jackson Hole has the spirit of a mountain hideaway with the service and options of a luxury getaway. Hike, golf, and fish in natural wilderness.

Westin Aruba Resort: From sailing to deep sea fishing, the Westin Aruba Resort provides you with a slew of activities from which to choose. With a soft breeze and steel drum playing in the background, you'll feel like you are in paradise. The private balcony is an easy way to take it all in after a busy day on the golf course or exploring the ocean.

Anywhere look tempting to you?

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