Whether you're planning a summer or fall honeymoon to coincide with your wedding date or because that's the time of year makes the most sense for you and your spouse to travel, there's nothing wrong with jetting off between the months of June and November—that is, except for the fact that it's hurricane season. What does this mean? During summer and fall, there's the highest chance of areas in the North Atlantic experiencing large cyclone storms that can bring damaging winds, rain, and flooding. Does that mean that a hurricane will definitely happen while you're honeymooning in the summer or fall? Absolutely not. But you should know what to expect and to plan ahead in case there is a major storm while you're traveling. To help you plan ahead, we asked a top travel expert to share the most important things honeymooners need to know about traveling during hurricane season.
Think outside the box (or boat).
If you're planning your honeymoon for September or October, which is typically the most active part of hurricane season, honeymoon planner Stephanie Goldberg Glazer suggests considering Europe instead of a cruise to the Caribbean. "Mediterranean cruises are still sailing, and generally enjoy good weather, plus you score the added bonus of lower prices, since they tend to drop after the height of summer." Not into a cruise? A land trip will enjoy the same benefits or fewer crowds and better pricing in September and October.
You can still have a great honeymoon during hurricane season!
There's no reason to worry yourself sick over choosing this time of year for your honeymoon. "Even though we hear about hurricanes all the time, there are relatively few major storms each year," says Glazer. "Even if you do see a storm out looming in the ocean weeks before your honeymoon, that doesn't mean it will have any effect on your trip." If it makes you feel any better, she does recommend purchasing insurance when you make your deposit, to make sure you are covered in case of a hurricane. This way, even if your flights aren't canceled, you're covered.
There are plenty of resources ready to help you out.
Your travel agent is your biggest advocate, so Glazer recommends calling right away if you have concerns about being able to travel. "Airlines will work with you to reschedule, as will resorts and cruise lines," she says. "When Hurricane Irma was fast approaching the Miami area in 2017, I had several clients booked to go on cruises, so when cruise lines canceled the sailings, they gave out refunds, and, in a generous move, also offered a future cruise credit to rebook for the future."
Be ready to make quick decisions.
"If you're already at your destination and a hurricane watch is issued, call your travel agent or airline directly and try to get out as soon as possible," instructs Glazer. "It will not be the honeymoon of your dreams, so if you have the option to get out and cut your trip short, do it." Again, this is why she recommends travel insurance, as a good policy will cover you for the extra airfare to get home, as well as the unused portion of your vacation, she explains.