Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that the Eastern Seaboard of the US is still reeling from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. Powerful wind gusts, up to 80 mph, have left more than 7 million people without power. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of evacuees have been rushed to emergency shelters; to help with disaster relief, consider a donation to the American Red Cross.

And unfortunately travelers haven’t been able to escape Sandy’s stormy grip. Airports in NYC and Philadelphia remain closed, and more than 13,000 flights were cancelled at airports in some states near the Great Lakes, where heavy snow is expected. And according to The New York Times, flooding in some areas has forced subways from Boston to Washington, DC, to shut down.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve put together a few helpful tips just in case you’re stranded or you need to reschedule your travel plans. Cut through the clutter and get your travels back on track with our hurricane safety tips — what travelers should do before, during and after stormy weather strikes.

Looking for more travel tips and warm weather getaways?

Check out our Travel 911 web series. Rob Pralgo gives you the 411 on a few basic things to remember if you find yourself stranded in the middle of a flash flood, and even though Sandy has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, Rob offers up a smart strategy for hurricane safety — info that’s still relevant for travelers.

And before you make plans to travel anywhere, use our WeatherTrends360 tool to see the weather forecast for any desired travel destination — up to 12 months in advance. Plan a trip next month or next year and get the most recent, updated forecast.

OK, enough talk about bad weather. Now, it’s time to relax and take a trip, courtesy of Daily Escape, to sunnier, stress-free destinations to go paddle boarding in Kauai, HI; sightseeing in Leggiuno, Italy; horseback riding at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT; or hanging out by the pool at Banyan Tree Al Wadi Hotel in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

And after your virtual trip, hopefully you’ll feel inspired to take a real trip to the Caribbean. Today is your last day to enter to win a trip for 2 to Grand Cayman Island because starting Thursday, Nov. 1, inspired travelers will have the chance to enter to win a trip for 2 to sunny Panama City, Panama.  Set your course for a new and exciting adventure with help from your friends at Travel Channel.

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Kwin MosbyKwin is Managing Producer of TravelChannel.com. His multimedia career has included working as a TV news reporter/producer and publications editor. What inspires Kwin to travel? It’s relaxing beach locations, vibrant...

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