What a changed world we are now living in.
For those who love to travel and explore new vistas our future plans have been severely curtailed until life can return to a more normal playing field. What that will look like and how things will change is anyone’s guess at present.
We were able to enjoy a long weekend with our friends at Rainbow Beach before the restrictions started and another break simply staying in a unit at Maroochydore with my sister for four nights. We are now in our stay at home mode in an attempt to flatten the curve and working our way through the quagmire of cancellations. It’s a time like this that I wish I wasn’t the organised planning person that I am.
On the domestic front we have been able to have our deposit for the caravan park at Agnes Water held for a future visit. Qantas has issued us with a credit voucher for our flights to Melbourne and our airbnb host has agreed to refund 100% of the funds paid for a June long weekend to catch up with friends from our Canada trip.
The international bookings are not as rosy. With our bookings not until October and November most are too far in the future and the unknown to attempt refunds at this stage from many companies. We have cancelled our Trafalgar tour of Spain. Having only paid $400 deposit we have been able to have that returned as a travel voucher to use with one of their family of companies. This includes AAT Kings here in Australia so we hope to use that for a day tour from Cairns as part of a North Qld caravan adventure next year.
We have also moved ahead and cancelled our river cruise in Portugal. Cancelling at this stage means EUR400 cancellation fee but it also means a refund of approx AUD2300 which I would rather have back in our bank account than risking an overseas company falling into bankruptcy. Other bookings like airfares from Spain to Portugal and a hotel in Lisbon might have to be forfeited but we are hopeful that the Emirates flights and Dubai accommodation can be transferred to new dates.
We now wait for more news of date changes for World Expo in Dubai and hope that like the Olympics, it might be moved ahead to next year. They are meeting next week.