In Nebraska, when you want a fall wedding, you plan it around Nebraska football. In 2001 there was a bye week on September 22nd. It is only natural that Candice and I (and probably every other September 2001 couple) picked that date for our wedding. We were young and couldn’t really afford a honey moon, so we decided that we would hold off and do a trip later when we could afford it. As luck would have it, our honey moon trip didn’t happen until our 2nd anniversary in 2003. That happened to be during the height of hurricane season and was on a Carnival ship. Both of those things led to a trip that was more affordable for a mid-20’s couple that was certainly on a shoestring budget. We had no trouble, didn’t run into any storms at all and had a really great trip!
Fast forward a couple of years and we started planning our next trip. Thankfully budget wasn’t as big of a concern for us anymore (although it still was, who am I kidding), but we decided we were going to do a land and sea package through the Disney Cruise line because I had never been to Disney World AND we wanted to cruise. We researched when the best time to go was and landed on another anniversary trip. Yes, even the Disney Cruise Line is a little less expensive during hurricane season because of the higher likelihood for tropical storms. But for the Disney line that wasn’t as big a concern for us, but we knew that Disney was family friendly and we don’t have kids. We figured if we went around our anniversary, we would have fewer kids on the ship, the water would still be warm in the Caribbean, and we would be able to experience all things Disney. Again, a fantastic ship. (We have since completed the Disney Cruise Line Fleet)
It so happens that our anniversary is in September so we have set up a tradition of traveling during that month, but let me share just a few reasons why we travel in hurricane season even if we are not doing a cruise.
- Because most schools are in session, we get to do family friendly things without us having kids. I bring this up because we get the benefit of not feeling like we are taking something away from a kids experience because these two 40 somethings feel like they just have to meet Mickey! 😊
- We typically travel to the south and put ourselves in the path of most hurricanes, however that time of year, the air temps are a little cooler, but the water temps are still really nice.
- I have yet to find a vacation to the Caribbean or Florida that isn’t less expensive than it would be during the winter/spring/summer months. (Some of that may be due to snow birds, spring break, and no school in the summers too)
- Our vacations have been less busy, for the reasons mentioned above and we are the kind of people that like that!
- We have not had any of our plans cancelled due to hurricanes. (Cruise ships will sail around the storms generally, Disney has places to get out of the rain, etc.)
As I mentioned in number 5 above, I have yet to have a vacation get cancelled by a tropical storm or hurricane (I know others have) so I see the risk of traveling during that time as low. I have been on a beach and watched a tropical storm roll through (getting wetter than I have ever been before and I had just come out of the ocean). I have been on the Gulf Coast during a hurricane (a category one storm that passed to our east). None of that will change my mind at all. I like traveling in the fall, I like traveling during hurricane season and we will continue to do that and not just because it helps us celebrate our anniversary.