In the days leading up to our cruise to the Bahamas last month, D and I were concerned over Hurricane Katia and whether or not our cruise would be affected by her. I know that cruise lines are skilled in the art of repositioning ships, changing itineraries if necessary, but that doesn’t mean occasionally cruises aren’t cancelled entirely due to destructive weather patterns. Although various options exist for travel insurance, I have never gotten any. We had gotten an incredible deal on our cruise and with our plane tickets bought and long paid for, I didn’t have any interest in adding extra costs to the trip’s final bill on the 50/50 chance Mother Nature would do something.
Thankfully, Hurricane Katia left the Caribbean Sea unscathed (at least where we were sailing) and we had a great time. But that got me to thinking, should one never travel during hurricane season which lasts for four months? Or should one go, get an incredible deal, and have a highly enjoyable time? Our cruise rate was so low because we were traveling during hurricane season. If you compared the price we paid with the same cabin and deck level on a cruise that departed in April, the price difference is more than double. For people who live in or travel to cold weather regions that are regularly affected by snowstorms and ice during winter-should they stay at home? Earlier this year D and I booked a mini getaway weekend in Chicago. The week we were to depart (we were leaving on a Friday), Chicago experienced one of its worst blizzards in more than a decade. Hundreds of flights were cancelled and O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport both shut down for a couple of days, with no flights coming in or going out. Thankfully, we were able to go and, minus some sections of streets that were impassable due to snow not having been shoveled, we had a great time. Just as with the cruise, our package deal on Expedia cost so little because we were traveling from one cold weather city to another in the dead of winter, when tourism is usually low.
Later this year D and I will be traveling to the Hawaiian island of Maui during what is its rainy season. I’ve read that while one area of the island may be getting rained on, another part can be enjoying bright, sunny blue skies. I certainly hope that the rain won’t be too much of a nuisance while we’re there, but the fact that costs are lower and crowds are less than in the drier, summer months, makes me ready to try and see how it will be.
I think that traveling during an “off season” has innumerable benefits and yes, while there are certainly risks associated with traveling during that time, the benefits outweigh them.
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