Let’s not go there: What to do when your vacation destination is in turmoil

We have all been there, you have planned a perfect vacation and then disaster strikes, whether it is natural, political, or social: your travel plans can change in the blink of an eye.

If you are planning a trip and these events happen, here is what you should do: 

Natural Disaster: 
Some of the most beautiful destinations in the world are increasingly vulnerable to shifting natural phenomenons due to worldwide climate change. These phenomenons can be devastating and are becoming more frequent. 

Because Mother Nature is predictable only in her unpredictability, the first defense against such an event is a strong insurance policy. The time to think about travel insurance is not when the disaster happens but long before that. Usually once the disaster happens or is imminent, you will not be able to get a travel insurance policy that will cover that event.

Political Problems: 
The first thing to remember when you are traveling is that unless you are traveling to an uninhabited destination, you will be dealing with people and if you are dealing with people you will also be dealing with politics. 

Now usually vacations are not affected by political considerations but occasionally political strife can make vacationing to a city or region, inconvenient, tense, or even dangerous. 

The first thing you should do is become clear about what is really going on. There are a number of ways to do this, we first look to the travel advisory for the region. The advisories are usually pretty clear and will really separate rumor from fact. You can find the official travel advisories by clicking here. It also helps to watch the news to see for yourself what is happening on the ground.

Where Do You Go From Here:
One of the downfalls of the internet and the 24 hour news cycle is the amount of information (usually contradictory) that is available.

One of our recommended resources can be found by clicking here. This guide will help you prepare and be aware while traveling. 

It can become really difficult what is real, what is not, and how to react based on that information. I encourage you to speak with an experienced travel advisor, like the advisors at Million Miles Travel Agency.

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