Independence Day travel bonanza begins

Published by July 5, 2007

The Fourth of July has arrived and with it the mad rush to escape on vacation for an extended Independence Day break.

Security is tight following the attempted terrorist attacks across the Pond – in London and Glasgow – just as the hurricane season gets into full swing and crowds start to amass in the country’s busiest airports.

Disruption is de rigueur at this time of year, but shrewd vacationers can protect themselves against the likely eventualities with a suitable travel insurance policy.

Warm weather destinations have proved particularly popular this summer due to enticing deals, but the threat of a tropical storm is very real in places such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects between 13 and 17 named storms to sweep across the Atlantic this summer, with as many as five major hurricanes on the same scale as Katrina.

Having your plans ruined by inclement conditions is far from fun, but travel insurance will cost you, on average, just five per cent of overall travel costs and can provide essential protection against illness, injury, losses, damage, delays, cancellations, or unexpected expenses.

Contributed by J.Bevan