Sometimes when we travel, plans are disrupted due to mother nature’s plans with things like tornados, tsunamis or hurricanes. It’s often the case that while they can predict these weather patterns to an extent, oftentimes travel plans can be quickly canceled or changed due to whatever ends up happening with storms.
Last weekend when we were headed to Hawaii, hurricane Iselle was on path tracking to majorly hit the Islands, causing wreckage as well as power outages, extreme winds and lots of rain. Hurricane Julio was coming shortly behind that and the forecast for last week in Hawaii was not good to say the least. Our flights also happened to coincide directly on days when each hurricane was supposed to hit, so we worried about flight disruptions or cancelations due to the storms. It actually ended up working out fine and the storms didn’t hit nearly as hard as they had been anticipating, but it’s still good to know what to do in situations with natural disasters and what that means for your travel plans.
If you end up having to change your plans, make sure you think about every plan you will need to change. Hotels, rental cars, restaurant reservations… there can often be a lot of planning that goes into traveling and you’ll need to take that into account. If for some reason those reservations give you a hard time for changing, often if you mention that the airlines are recommending you change, they’ll waive their change fees too.