Travel thread

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by nym711, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I'm sorry <3
     
  2. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    I'm sorry <3
     
  3. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    I’m so sorry. Even if we know why, it still sucks to have plans cancelled, and especially family ones like yours.
     
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  4. Doom&Sparkles

    Doom&Sparkles Chicken

    Thanks chickens. We were also going to do a vow renewal this summer at Lake Bled (I've been wanting to do this in honor of my grandparents since we got married), but it will have to wait. It was also supposed to be my cousin's first trip to Slovenia, as well as obv M's and J's first trip there. And the cruise was supposed to be a massive family reunion essentially....we were supposed to have over 20 family members on board just for the 50th anniversary celebration. We've all been planning this since....September of last year? Its just...disheartening. Don't get me wrong, I was one of the first to say we should cancel/postpone it, but...yeah it sucks. I keep saying that Europe, and family vacations, and perhaps cruising will be there in the future. Our health and others health are more important now.

    So now I'm dealing with VRBO and AirBnB cancellations. We are currently out of the window of the airbnb covid cancellation window, but our venice VRBO person already cancelled it for us, so we aren't on the hook for that. I'm waiting to see if airbnb extends the window for covid cancellations.... it sucks, but basically I'm on the hook for about $900 if we cancel.
     
  5. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    @Doom&Sparkles I know it’s totally different but we had luck with Homeaway honoring some cancellation stuff even though the owners just wanted to offer to reschedule instead of fully refunding. I hope Airbnb does it for you too.
     
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  6. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I'm so sorry. I would be really disappointed too. Hopefully next year!
     
  7. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    That sucks Doom. I'm so sorry.
     
  8. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    This wasn’t nearly as big of a trip as some of you have had to cancel, but I was supposed to be in Las Vegas this week with a friend of mine who lives in Arizona (I haven’t seen her in almost two years). She had never been before and I had a deal for three free nights through MGM rewards. This would have been my first girls trip in years, and my first vacation in years. I’m less salty about losing the “vacation” part of it because I’ve been unemployed during this so I’ve had plenty of time to relax and reset that way (trying to look at it optimistically lol) but I am still sad about losing this trip with no real idea of when she and I can reschedule.
     
  9. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    I’m sorry @Erie . Besides obvious actual life/health things, one of the biggest things that sucks about this pandemic is that we just don’t know when we can return to normal. We can’t reschedule vacations, we don’t know if future dated celebrations can or will happen, we don’t know what healthcare, our jobs, or the government will look like this fall. I think the total inability to look forward to something and to actually plan for a return to normalcy is mentally really tough.
     
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  10. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    We were supposed to stay at an AirBnB in Canmore for our trip to Banff in June. Going to cancel and they're only offering a credit or the host's usual refund policy unless you can provide documentation that covid is actively preventing you from going. Travel advisories don't count and that's all we have. In our case the host's refund policy is half of what we paid. :angry:
     
  11. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    Were you driving or flying? Could a flight change/cancellation help?
     
  12. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Can the credit be used anywhere or at just the same house?
     
  13. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Driving. Credit can be used anywhere I believe. Expires next December, but I don't know when we'll want to travel again or what that trip would look like. We only stayed in AirBnBs very occasionally prior to having A. Not sure if that would change now or not.
     
  14. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    December 2020 or 2021?
     
  15. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    @Zoomzoom honestly with a kid I'd always go AirBnB or similar over a hotel. So much better to be able to close them up in a room so you don't all have to go to bed at the same time.
     
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  16. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    2021.

    There's a decent chance that we don't do a big trip before then so I think we're just going to take half our money back so we're out $300 rather than potentially $600.

    @Fitz yeah now we'll likely always stay in a suite or AirBnB. We're still more comfortable with hotels though. I've only stayed in a VRBO once that my dad booked and an AirBnb once.
     
  17. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    FB told me that 9 years ago today I was on my way to Ecuador and I really wish I could plan a trip somewhere, anywhere right now.
     
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  18. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    SAME. We were talking about this on our morning walk with Lucy today. We might end up booking something in-state for our anniversary in Sept just so we have something to look forward to (as long as it has a decent cancellation policy). We usually go to Maine but as of now, they are requiring anyone entering the state to quarantine for 2 weeks :sad:
     
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  19. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    2 years ago we just arrived in Dublin. I feel you.
     
  20. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    I’m getting the honeymoon memories every day on Facebook. We always do a big trip this time of year for our wedding anniversary. Honestly at this point I think I’d be as ecstatic now about a day trip as past me would have been about a big vacation.
     
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  21. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    What’s stopping you? Why not plan a vacation itinerary just for fun? I do it often.
     
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  22. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    We just booked a cottage for a week for our anniversary in September. It felt really good if a bit surreal b/c I am not used to counting on being able to plan anything these days. They have free cancellation through Aug 12th and I figure by then, we should have a good idea of whether we feel safe going up to Maine (and if Maine will let us in...).
     
  23. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    We are thinking of doing something similar for ours in October @Canaligator - I found some amazing cabins in the northern Georgia mountains we could drive to and spend some days secluded in a hot tub overlooking the mountains.
     
  24. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    Yes, exactly! As long as we could walk on the beach and possibly sit outside at a restaurant, it will be relaxing and nice to get away. Even if the restaurant part doesn't work, I'd be happy to have access to a grill and a porch we can drink beers on in the sunshine. As I type this out, it sounds so amazing after being cooped up indoors for three months and looking at the same walls and windows.
     
  25. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    J used to live in the North Georgia mountains so let me know if you need any recs!

    We're still planning our trip to see family in late July and a trip to Florida in August with completely refundable accommodations. I'm pretty sure they won't happen, but for now I'm going to pretend they will because I want to plan a vacation!
     
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