There is a potential hurricane heading towards Hawaii. Now, while I would not wish harm on the people of the beautiful state of Hawaii, I surely wouldn’t mind being “stranded” and marooned for an additional day here. Several years back, we were stranded in Curacao due to a hurricane that hit the southeastern part of the United States. Curacao has never been hit by a hurricane itself for it lies in a protected area. However, when parts of the US are, flights can’t head there. Oh well. We managed being stranded in curacao for two additional days. Not a bad gig, if you ask me. Luckily for us, my son was born in August and we tend to go to places that are warm for his birthday. We take our chances that our flights might be canceled and we will have to delay our return to work. It is what it is.
So, here we are in Hawaii watching the weather reports and scrolling through our photographs. If you knew what awaits me at work, you would probably wish a hurricane on me as well.
The thing about being “stranded” is that at all times you have to remain calm. There is no reason to fret or curse. There is nothing we can do about the weather when we are traveling other than pack a raincoat and umbrella beforehand. I always assume it will be cold or raining somewhere on my travels. Thus, I always bring a raincoat. After that, watch the reports, anticipate and check with your hotel to see if the airlines have alerted them of cancelled flights.
Once you are stranded, check ahead to see availability of flights and different possible flight routes. When we were stranded in Curacao, the airline representatives nearly booked me on three flights to return to NY. Because I knew the various flight routes and nearby airports I was able to direct them and get two instead of three flights home. I landed in Miami and asked for a flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. We got home way earlier than the others that got rebooked.
Getting stranded can be a good thing. Just have a few things in mind should it happen.