Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know

Hurricane season is cause for every traveler to be ready in case of a storm. If Hurricane Matthew taught us anything last year, it’s that the forces of nature have their own plans.

When you plan a Global Discovery Vacations trip during hurricane season, here’s what you need to know.

When is Hurricane Season?

Atlantic Ocean: June 1 to November 30, but the major spikes in hurricane activity occur between August and October.

Northeast Pacific (Canada, Alaska): May 15 to November 30, with peaks in late August and early September.

Northwest Pacific (Asia): Has tropical cyclones year round, but the bulk of the season occurs from July 1 to November 30.

Southwest Pacific (Australia): Late October to early May.

Southeast Pacific (Hawaii): June 1 to November 30.

On average, September is the most active month and May is the least active month for hurricanes worldwide.

It’s OK to Travel During Hurricane Season

Though hurricane season can fall within your travel plans, it doesn’t have to be a deterrent. Since 1968, there have been an average of 2.4 major hurricanes per year (four in 2016). So the odds of one affecting your destination are slim, though it’s worth noting that the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are most susceptible to tropical storms.

If you’re not overly worried about traveling during hurricane season, you can usually find pretty good prices and less crowds in these areas as well.

Watch the News

You still should pay attention to the weather in the area to which you are traveling. Hurricanes take time to build, so you will have several days or weeks of advance notice before a storm is even imminent, so watch the news and act accordingly.

The National Hurricane Center will provide you information on any storm and is a great resource for travel planning.

Weather apps such as Weather Underground and The Weather Channel are also invaluable during such times. Make sure they are providing alerts to your phone during your trip.

Evacuate Immediately

If a tropical storm is approaching, the city may call for an evacuation. As we told members traveling through Hurricane Matthew, the longer you wait, the more dangerous the situation becomes. Give yourself plenty of time to get through traffic, follow the evacuation routes and make sure you have gas and supplies.

Bring an Emergency Kit

If you can, you’ll want to have some of the following just in case:

  • Water
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Extra batteries/portable chargers
  • Extra cash
  • Non-perishable food
  • Blankets

Travel Insurance

This is a good reminder that unpredictable does happen, making travel insurance a good option if you are worried about the weather in the area. If you have Travel Protection, call the number on your policy for details of your coverage.

Although you don’t have to completely avoid traveling to destinations affected by hurricane season, staying informed and having back-up plans in place will help just in case a storm is coming.

What are your tips for traveling during hurricane season?

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.