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Finally cancelled my UK/Wales/Ireland Trip. So sad.

Finally cancelled my UK/Wales/Ireland Trip. So sad.

Old Apr 28th, 2020, 12:42 PM
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The Bristol apartment. Yikes. They would not give you a voucher even? We got 75% back for our Berlin apartment. Reminds me to send an email back to our London accommodation. They want us to rebook not cancel. I don't have a crystal ball and now want to go to Cornwall instead.

Weddings. We have a blueberry farm on our quiet road that turned into a wedding venue much to out neighborhoods dismay. 200 plus people and vendors three days a week but did feel for all those people. I don't know what they will all do. They were booked for a year out. Are they going to pick another date or wait it out? I looked at jet blue flights for July. 45 each way to Albany. Hmmm, tempting.
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Old Apr 28th, 2020, 01:31 PM
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I feel your pain. We have an upcoming September trip to Portugal that I have been planning (over-planning) for the past two years. Odds are not good that it will take place this autumn. The only ones happy about that are the corgis.
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Old Apr 28th, 2020, 03:04 PM
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The corgis are happy. So is my Boxer. He likes where he goes but this was going to be a long trip and I was feeling a little bad for him.
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AlessandraZoe, I can certainly sympathize. We're likely cancelling our July trip to Budapest/Helsinki/Norwegian fjords/Copenhagen. I'm basically waiting to understand the flight cancellation process. We now have to look forward to future trips and memories to be made.

And for those saying the "we're cancelling our trip" threads are tedious I've got two thoughts for you: 1) I've got a simple solution - move on and don't read the thread, not sure why that's too complicated for you to figure out 2) reading about others having to deal with the same disappointment you're dealing with is comforting for many of us.

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Old Apr 29th, 2020, 01:57 AM
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AlessandraZoe, Can't you claim via your credit card for the Bristol apartment and the FLYBE flights? I'm assuming that you must have booked online?
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Old Apr 29th, 2020, 03:41 AM
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Rubicand--How thoughtful! I shall check, even though I think recouping any losses are not in my future.

The FLYBE flights were booked in November, and I believe credit card coverage works within a 90-day period. But I shall check. I am assuming one can't get blood from a stone (FLYBE) though. Bankrupt is bankrupt. We were lucky in that we had booked only one-way flights. Funny thing is that even without the virus, one always worried about FLYBE lasting until one flew it!

What we signed with the apartment was unusual--it was full freight up front at the time of booking, even though the actual booking was through Booking.com. My husband and I debated the terms of that stay for three days, but then we said, "Heck, let's just go for it." So while I wish the place would have been more generous in the circumstances, we knew we were chancing a loss the minute we booked. The booking was made less than 90 days ago, however, so maybe...

The money loss does not upset us. Again, I knew had a good idea of what would be spending once there. We are saving a lot of money by NOT going to UK/Ireland for three weeks. No, the only sadness was not LIVING those three weeks in the UK and Ireland.

Hence, my delay in pulling the trigger. I was sort of hoping in my mind that a) restrictions would be lifted by our stay there in mid-June and b) we would feel comfortable being trapped in an airline with potential infection so that I could do some brilliant rerouting.

Flying is, of course, the bigger issue now with our ages. When our direct routing to London changed to two legs each way (actually, now that I think about it, it would have been THREE legs each way because I had yet to book our flight TO the departure city), then one is adding more potential layovers, cramped boarding areas, bad restrooms, etc to the mix.
Macross, I'm laughing. I was booking the Cork area because of your last travel; now you have been looking at mine. And in the meantime, I now want to see the Shetland Islands and Berwick-on-Tweed* because my husband and I have been binge-watching "Vera" and "Shetland" (Acorn/BritBox be us.). Every time they are in a pub dancing to Trad on Shetland, I see my husband's eyes tearing up. My husband put his foot down on "Poldark" by the first episode in Season Three because, as he put it, "Sorry, I just can't watch Poldark ride across the horizon ten times per episode again." I had to agree. I had read all the "Poldark" books so that was no big deal to me.

"Hinterland" is next on the "binge-watch" tour of England. I'm sure that will keep Wales in our minds.

*I'm sure people are thinking, "Berwick-on -Tweed? What?" Until 1998, the only trip I had taken across the Atlantic was 3 weeks stuck in a Ford Escort with my family in around 1969. My sister and I were moping teenagers. We used Frommer's "England on $10 a Day". With that budget, our B&Bs were certainly not upscale. The worst one was one with a chamberpot outside of Blackpool. The best one was in Berwick-on-Tweed. We had arrived after dark and had no concept of where we were. My sister and I had a room to ourselves (unusual on this trip). After a night's sleep, we woke up to singing birds and streaming sunshine. We opened our room windows to see a lovely garden below and a shining sea beyond. It's one of our most glorious shared memories.

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Old Apr 29th, 2020, 04:11 AM
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Hinterland is sort of dark. They said they filmed mostly in winter and fall to keep it dark. I still think Wales is beautiful. The Coastal walk show are great.

Booking.com I am sort of over them. We booked a place with them in Germany but then we started getting three page contracts in German to sign from owners of flat. They also wanted us to purchase or rent towels and sheets. Then they wanted a bank draft for half the money. It took me three hours with Booking.com to cancel. I went to Airbnb and got another flat. I am sure they would have not given back the deposit with the COVID`19. I use them as a guide now and then go directly to hotel or flat.
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