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NEW YORK, N.Y. /New York Netwire/ — Today marks the official kickoff of hurricane season, just when the travel season is picking up across the country, and TravelInsurance.com is taking the time to remind travelers the importance of protecting their investments. Protection may be even more critical this year, as the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a higher-than-average number of named storms, with anywhere from 11 to 17 expected to hit.

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While there is no doubt that possible hurricanes are disconcerting, it is hard to predict when and where they will hit, leaving travelers left to weigh the risks with the rewards of traveling to their desired destination.

With the right protection, however, travelers don’t have to limit their destination choices. By purchasing travel insurance, travelers protect their investment to ensure they are covered if something should go wrong before their departure date, or even during a trip. And it won’t break the bank. A family of four can purchase a comprehensive plan for a 10-day trip to the Caribbean for under $200 or $5 per person per day.

Most trip cancellation plans can be purchased for as little as four to eight percent of the entire cost of the trip. TravelInsurance.com makes finding the right insurance easy, by letting users compare and ultimately purchase travel insurance online from top-rated providers tailored specifically for their needs.

“Traveling is an incredible experience that leaves lasting memories, whether attending a family reunion or a making time for a quiet getaway with your significant other. However, concerns about severe weather, while valid, can cause unnecessary stress,” said Stan Sandberg, co-founder of TravelInsurance.com. “This is where travel insurance can be most valuable – you can be protected if something does happen either before or during your trip, and you can also enjoy peace of mind that your investment is covered soon after making the purchase.”

Here are tips to help those concerned about their travel plans this year:

* Consider when, and where you are traveling. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and generally runs through the end of November. It’s a long season, with unpredictable storms across these months. The areas most affected are along the U.S. East Coast and Atlantic region. If you are flying into or out of any of these areas, your risk increases, and the more we encourage purchasing travel insurance.

* Time the purchase right. Buy early! It’s ideal to purchase travel insurance within days after the initial payment of the trip. Once a storm is named, you can no longer purchase travel insurance with cancellation coverage to protect your investment. This applies to hurricanes, snowstorms, tropical storms and any other major weather event.

* Choose the right plan. When reviewing plans, ensure the policy you purchase is comprehensive, and that it specifically offers hurricane coverage as part of the covered reasons for trip cancellation, trip interruption and trip delay benefits. Hurricane trip protection will reimburse cancellations that occur prior to one’s travel dates and also trip interruptions during the trip. Some plans even offer trip cancellation coverage for hurricane warnings issued by the NOAA.

Vacationers who invest in travel insurance can potentially save thousands of dollars in the event of a hurricane.

For more information and travel tips, visit https://www.travelinsurance.com/.

About TravelInsurance.com:

TravelInsurance.com helps simplify the complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with the easiest way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online. A member company of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, owned and operated by DigiVentures Holdings, LLC, a licensed agency that works with some of the largest travel insurers in the industry. Purchases can be made directly through the website, with policies sent via email within minutes.