Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer Vacation Time?

Its hurricane season again. For those that are not familiar with the time frame, the season runs from around the end of May beginning of June all the way through November. The seasons on average ramp up slowly and have a peak in late August early September and then start to calm down again. As I just said, its on average. Each season is different and the only thing that you can count on is that the season will happen. Now with every season comes the seasons predictions and this one is no different. The predictions for this year seem to point to an average season, lighter than in the recent past which is a good thing if the predictions hold true. So as travelers, what does this mean to us? The way we look at it in our house is this. Its a great time to find bargains, and this year is no exception. In fact, this is the year to find the bargain of bargains. Hotels, resorts, and cruise lines are worried with the economy and are doing just about anything to fill their rooms. We have a vacation booked that was just one of those things that we couldn't let pass because of the price. A trip to Cozumel for 8 days in an all inclusive resort for $900 a person which includes flight. And you know what, there are others that even did better than us.

Now, being hurricane season, there is one thing that we make sure to do that we sometimes have let slip in the past. We got trip insurance. When doing this, you have to be very mindful of what you want and what you need. We wanted insurance that covers trip cancellation and what is called trip interruption. This way we can get any unused portion of our vacation reimbursed. Currently with the swine flu problems that have not been making things better for airlines, hotels, or vacationers alike, it just adds another reason to have insurance. And the best thing is that the insurance is affordable. We got all the coverage we wanted for about $40 a person. That's paying right around 5% of the cost of the trip for peace of mind. Alone, that makes me feel better.

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