Vacation plans change due to COVID 19

Well most of our summer plans have changed – and even our Thanksgiving vacation plans are in jeopardy – and all due to COVID 19 lockdowns.

Originally we had planned to go to South Padre Island as part of my husband’s annual summer conference. But due to the uncertainty if restrictions would still exist on how many people can gather in one place, the attorney group hosting the conference moved it to a virtual conference.

So, gone was our trip to the beach though my husband and I thought me might take the kids later in July if things improved. This discussion was back in April before Texas started relaxing the Stay At Home rules.

We also had plans to go to New Orleans with my parents and brother. But that has been an area hard hit with cases of COVID 19. We had tickets to ride in at PT Boat but they were refunded when the company said they would not be open to July at the earliest.  We held off cancelling our trip until the beginning of May. But there is no use going if all the attractions we planned to visit are closed and no restaurants are open.

So, that vacation too was cancelled. But that didn’t stop us from changing our plans. Now we have plans to go to South Padre Island with my parents and brother for a 3-night stay. The kids are excited about the beach. And hopefully nothing will happen between now and the end of June to change the access to the beach. As long as there is not a flare of COVID 19 in Texas, I expect they will continue to relax our restrictions and our beach vacation will stay a possibility.

Shanghai Disneyland reopens after closing due to coronavirusOur biggest trip this year was supposed to be a week long trip to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving break. Of course, right now, the parks are closed and no date has been announced for their reopening. I expect them to open sometime this summer. They may run with a lower capacity and masks may be required. Whether all that will still be in place in November is anyone’s guess.

The kicker is that we booked our room by renting DVC points. This is a non-refundable purchase. I seriously considered trip insurance but this was back in January and at the time I couldn’t think of a reason we would need it. In February, I bought our park tickets two days before they raised the prices for this year. At the time, I was happy that I saved money. Now, even though they are dated tickets, we probably could cancel them and use the tickets at a later date, but we still have our room already paid for so the chances of us cancelling now are low.

Airfare goes on sale with Southwest at the end of this month. If prices stay as low as they have been, I’ll be purchasing those tickets and that will seal us into going as long as Disney World is open. It won’t be the dream vacation we were hoping for but we will make the best of the situation. Of course, it is easy to say that now but in reality, we have no clue what will be happening six months for now. Maybe we will have wasted our money and not be able to go. Or maybe we will go and have a good time. Only time will tell.



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