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Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 23:21:04
Supposed to be going to Spain this summer but I have no idea where we will be with regard to lockdown and quarantine etc. Anyone had any dealings with their travel company and where are we likely to stand with refunds?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: mystical_goat on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 23:48:11
Had a stag booked to Lisbon at the end of May, with Ryan Air. They still ran the flight but offered a change of date for free. I asked them for a refund, but they said no. I asked my travel insurance (who paid out on the volcano ash cloud thing a few years ago) for a refund and they also said no. Now I've asked the credit card provider that I booked it with for a chargeback but not expecting an answer for about another 4 weeks. FCO advise at the time was not to travel. At the moment I'm thinking its £200+ gone.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 23:58:10
Booked with Villa Plus...week in a Villa in Croatia, due to fly out a week ago today.

Important is that I booked villa AND flights. Package deal.

Automated replies to mails and calls.

But...got refund confirmation today..?will check when the actual refund appears on the credit card.

Villa only bookers are a different kettle of fish I think.

Worked out ok for me as me and her indoors split in beginning of May...happy days then...or perhaps not!



Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 23:59:07
Fingers crossed for October in Canaries.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 01:13:06

Worked out ok for me as me and her indoors split in beginning of May...happy days then...or perhaps not!



FYI, she posts on here as Valid Pint or something  :soapy tit wank:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ginginho on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 05:55:17
We had a week in Butlins booked for last week. We've rebooked for October.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: DV Canio on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 07:06:18
Was supposed to be flying to Turkey back in April with Jet2holidays

Got an email a few week before we were due saying it had been cancelled. Our options were to rebook at a later date and they would knock £100 off the difference if your new chosen date / destination was more expensive...or...give us a credit note.

I was quite happy to rebook. Itís only a few thousand and it would only be collecting dust (...and minimal interest) in our account. We had no pressing need for the money back.

So we both still took our leave from work and looked at getting time off in September / October when we were back at work. By the time weíd done that we couldnt change our holiday dates as the Jet2holidays app thought weíd been on our holiday as the dates had passed (we still got all the automated emails about boarding pass, checking in etc)

A few messages to the social media team and a few auto responses and all of a sudden the full amount of the holiday was back in my account.

Canít complain really. I imagine they were inundated


Only negative is the boy is still 1 and therefore free on most holidays. He will turn 2 in August and in the few Iíve looked at he jumps up to full adult price!! I mean I get regardless of size / age a plane seat is a plane seat but there is no way all inclusive heís going to eat, drink and use all the facilities as much as an adult.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 08:25:25
Driving over for a week in Belgium, seeing all the sights and partaking of the local beverages and grub.

This is due to take place the middle of August but my car insurance company have not allowed me to insure the car as they are following closely the government guidelines which state no unnecessary overseas travel, even though its not for another 2 months so have denied me the green card which you now need to drive abroad.

The hotels and Landau camp we are staying at have opened fully and foresee no problems as long as face masks are worn in public.

Whether or not we will be able to go I can't say as yet, waiting for updates from Bojo stating if we can travel or not for pleasure and only then will we know.

I am sure a full refund will be supplied or transferred to next year instead as will the Eurostar tickets and hotels booked. That said we had a few days booked in for last week at Blackpooll football club hotel and are still awaiting the refund they promised us 3 months ago.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Panda Paws on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 08:45:32
Stag do in Dublin in September, Barcelona for a weekend to see Elton John in October (not cancelled yet) and the Hamptons/NYC over New Year.

I reckon we'll get one out of 3. All will be possible, but only really want to travel if things are relatively normal with hotels, bars and restaurants.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 08:57:39
No idea (Tenerife in early August), its 50-50 at absolute best I'd say.

Currently:
 - The FO advise against all but essential travel.
   This invalidates my travel insrance if I still go *but also means I can't claim on it if it gets cancelled.
 - In any case there is a 14 day return quarentine - that's fine.
 - * Most importantly, Spain aren't letting us in yet.

If the FO guidance is lifted:
 - Not sure what the lockdown level is in Tenerife is. I think "2", but I am not sure if you have to isolate on arrival, and whether beaches/terrrace restaurants are open. Think level 3 is needed to even remotely enjoy a holiday, and even then I reckon the kids would get bored if communal hotel areas are unavailable.
 - Holiday insurance has a "fear of pandemic" clause meaning that if you are allowed to go but don't want to - tough (unsurprisingly)

I'm desparate for a getaway, but I'm not sure the quality of holiday is going to be anywhere near what I want from it. But I'd probably go if safe.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Costanza on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:01:16
Lost a May stag trip to Hungary.

Refunded hostel but lost about £50 activities.

Didn't have the energy to pursue a RyanAir cash refund so went for the voucher and I'll probably regret that as my window of opportunity to use it over the year is quite limited.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:12:07
I still have the balance to pay at the end of July, I'm guessing if I decide not to go and don't pay that then I just lose the deposit? I need to read the small print.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:14:56
I still have the balance to pay at the end of July, I'm guessing if I decide not to go and don't pay that then I just lose the deposit? I need to read the small print.

You said it, look at the wording. Sometimes its refundable, sometimes not.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:15:00
Lost a long weekend cycling in Belgium in May. got Ferry refunded and guy we had booked accommodation from in Ypres agreed to refund (Although we did lose a bit as the pound dropped further against the euro between booking and refund), was a bit of a win win, as because he was such a good bloke about it he will get our booking when we go next year (hopefully!) Left the refunds with the mates who did the booking (as farting around dong refunds amongst ourselves would be a ballache) so holiday is basically paid for when we do rebook.

Got a fortnight in Northumberland booked for back end July and that's a bit who knows at the moment, they are monitoring and policy seems a bit week by week, whilst places will be shut its right on the beach so we wouldn't be bored, I suspect a lot will depend on second waves, especially as the NE seems  to rival the NW for being badly hit.

 


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 10:54:39
Stag do to Amsterdam, got the accomodation refunded straight away. It took BA about 7 weeks to refund me the flights.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 10:59:18
I didn't have anything booked.

As I'm working from home, I'm tempted to just book a 2 or 3 week break somewhere in the UK and just work from somewhere else for a change of scenery.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:10:58
Lost a long weekend cycling in Belgium in May. got Ferry refunded and guy we had booked accommodation from in Ypres agreed to refund (Although we did lose a bit as the pound dropped further against the euro between booking and refund), was a bit of a win win, as because he was such a good bloke about it he will get our booking when we go next year (hopefully!) Left the refunds with the mates who did the booking (as farting around dong refunds amongst ourselves would be a ballache) so holiday is basically paid for when we do rebook.

Digressing a bit, but were you going to use the Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing for that, and have you used it before?  I'd be interested to hear what you thought if it if you have.

Thanks.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:11:22
Usually go abroad on holiday 2 - 3 times a year.  Putting that on hold for the foreseeable future.  


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:18:05
Digressing a bit, but were you going to use the Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing for that, and have you used it before?  I'd be interested to hear what you thought if it if you have.

Thanks.

No sorry, we always use Hull - Zeebrugge/Rotterdam for our trips to the low countries which has always been fine, albeit the on board entertainment on the overnight boat can be a bit Phoenix Nights.

I have planned to use to Newcastle - ijmuiden (to give it its Sunday name) route in the future when I have a vague plan to tour Friesland and its islands on my bike.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:27:23
OK, thanks mate.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:42:40
OK, thanks mate.

Mate of mine went on one of the cruises they did (get the overnight boat out, have a day in Amsterdam and then get next night boat back) with his girlfriend when we were students in Newcastle so c. *cough* 25 years back, she has been his wife for about 20 odd years now so obviously it wasn't that bad!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: china red on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:26:22
We'd booked to head over to Egypt for a couple of weeks in April, TUI cancelled the holiday due to travel advice and whilst it took about 6 weeks we got a full refund.  Tbh, given the situation I was impressed with them

Don't think we'll be going anywhere now, start a masters degree in July and its going to be full on by the sounds of it as well as working full time....


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:28:11
Were supposed to be going to Turkey in a week but hadn't booked flights so we are now hoping we might be able to get away in September for a few weeks.

I have booked a long weekend for the August Bank Holiday in Porto for the wife's birthday through BA holidays. I'm hopeful we might still be able to go but BA have advised I can delay the trip easily enough so could push into next year when travel might be more 'normal'

The wife is also desperate to go to Ireland to see her family so we're umming and aahing about hiring a car and driving over when things are relaxed a bit further.

So far the closest thing to a holiday we've had this year is an afternoon in Battersea park drinking gin and tonics out of cans!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:29:14
Mate of mine went on one of the cruises they did (get the overnight boat out, have a day in Amsterdam and then get next night boat back) with his girlfriend when we were students in Newcastle so c. *cough* 25 years back, she has been his wife for about 20 odd years now so obviously it wasn't that bad!

It's likely to be our main holiday route to eastern France after we've moved...although the move itself is dragging now.  But we'll get there eventually.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:31:11
I still have the balance to pay at the end of July, I'm guessing if I decide not to go and don't pay that then I just lose the deposit? I need to read the small print.

Read up on it.

I was in the same boat...there was also a 'cancellation fee' as well as losing the deposit...so i paid it all and got it all back.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:31:29
FYI, she posts on here as Valid Pint or something  :soapy tit wank:

Yikes!! :(


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: @mwooly63 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:50:08
Had a week booked in Woolacombe  in April which have moved to September..
Supposed to flying out for 2 weeks in Lanzerote next week which obv isnt going to happen. Could have waited for them to cancel for a refund but moved it to next  year as didnt know how long this was going to go on for ( moved it back in April )

Hopefully some sort of normality ( socially distanced or otherwise ) will return by the time either of those take place.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 13:23:05
It's likely to be our main holiday route to eastern France after we've moved...although the move itself is dragging now.  But we'll get there eventually.

Where you moving to?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Tails on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 13:51:28
My stag do was supposed be the weekend just gone and obviously didn't go ahead. I didn't organise anything but I believe we got flight / accommodation vouchers with some struggle.

My "honeymoon" in the US in August was all booked but now the flights have been cancelled & refunded. Hopeful we'll be allowed to travel still but it's not looking likely.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 14:07:42
I actually forgot my half-brother is getting married in Florida in December and we're supposed to be going over for that. A few days in New Orleans prior to the wedding which we are looking forward to. Still hopeful that we can get across but not massively surprising if we can't of course.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 14:10:02
Where you moving to?

Bit further north than you...West of Scotland.  Started the new job (to be based in Glasgow after lockdown) earlier this month.  But the house sale/family move is prob now going to take a while longer.  Aiming, eventually, to be somewhere north of Glasgow & left of Stirling.  Trying not to worry about what I can't change anyway.  : )


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 15:29:11
Bit further north than you.  West of Scotland.  Started the new job (based in Glasgow after lockdown) earlier this month.  But the house sale/family move is prob now going to take a while longer.  Trying not to worry about what I can't change anyway.  : )

Cool, see you every time we play Carlisle then!  ;) :D

Mate of mine moved from Witney to the borders a few years back when they realised they could get a much better house and much better quality of life for them and their kids, they have never looked back.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 15:36:45
Aiming, eventually, to be somewhere north of Glasgow & left of Stirling. 
Grab a bargain at Ferguslie Park in Paisley, you can buy a whole street for the cost of a Mars Bar (battered of course) :D

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-51234467


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 16:54:14
Cool, see you every time we play Carlisle then!  ;) :D

Mate of mine moved from Witney to the borders a few years back when they realised they could get a much better house and much better quality of life for them and their kids, they have never looked back.

Thanks.  Trying not to count too many chickens, because selling a house is not particularly easy at the moment.  But I've already worked out that even though we're likely to be 45 mins the other side of Glasgow, we should have 4, maybe 5, games within a 4 hr drive next season (Sunderland, Blackpool, Accrington, Rochdale & maybe Fleetwood).  And another 3 within 4Ĺ hrs (Crewe, Barnsley & Doncaster).

Grab a bargain at Ferguslie Park in Paisley, you can buy a whole street for the cost of a Mars Bar (battered of course) :D

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-51234467

I could never do that.  My Scottish team is Morton, and they don't get on well with St Mirren.  And Paisley's a hell hole.  (Edit: with some wonderful, but rapidly fading, Victorian architecture.)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 17:11:27
selling a house is not particularly easy at the moment. 

Isn't it much like selling a football club (or making love to a beautiful woman!)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 17:50:54
But I've already worked out that even though we're likely to be 45 mins the other side of Glasgow, we should have 4, maybe 5, games within a 4 hr drive next season (Sunderland, Blackpool, Accrington, Rochdale & maybe Fleetwood).  And another 3 within 4Ĺ hrs (Crewe, Barnsley & Doncaster).


Plymouth?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 18:25:29
I could never do that.  My Scottish team is Morton, and they don't get on well with St Mirren.  And Paisley's a hell hole.  (Edit: with some wonderful, but rapidly fading, Victorian architecture.)
My unofficial adopted Scottish team is St Johnstone as my Swindon supporting mate is a season ticket holder there as he now lives in Alyth between Dundee and Perth.

He chose St J as there is a huge relgious rivalry between the 2 Dundee clubs and he didnt want anything to do with that sort of Scottish relegious crap.

Dundee are like a mini Rangers and United a mini Celtic.

I went with him to a game between Saints and Partick Thistle and it really is a dire standard of entertainment, that said...Partick had about half the 3k crowd and supported their club well despite them being rock bottom at the time and relegated this season too, top to bottom fall almost!

With the 1-0 win on that day by a penalty it made sure that Saints qualified for Europe!

I would think that our team would have easily beaten both teams that day and maybe we should move our club to Scotland where we would be consitantly in the Europa League.

Maybe you should be Swindons Scottish scout!

I used to watch Scots Premier games whenever I stayed in Scotland as until 2018 the BBC had rights and my mother in law lived in Edinburgh from 2003 till her death in 2017 so got to know the Jockenese league and players quite well and barring Rangers and Celtic (including Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts - sorry BO) hardly a single player up there at any of the clubs would even get into our current team IMO.

Adam Rooney even managed to score double figures in almost every season up there and Hylton and Storey are regular starters.

Anyway enjoy your new home when you locate it mate!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 18:42:08
He chose St J as there is a huge relgious rivalry between the 2 Dundee clubs and he didnt want anything to do with that sort of Scottish relegious crap.

That's exactly my take on the Old Firm.  My wife's home town is an hour from Glasgow, but still dominated by Rangers & Celtic fans.  I can't stand the religious bigotry that's linked to the rivalry.

Apologies to 4D for diverting the thread a bit.  Wasn't my intention.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 19:43:08
From a quick look at the terms and conditions I should be able to get all accommodation and transfer costs refunded but bugger all from the flights. Is there any way to get that back, I paid by credit card?


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 19:57:02
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From a quick look at the terms and conditions I should be able to get all accommodation and transfer costs refunded but bugger all from the flights. Is there any way to get that back, I paid by credit card?
only if it's cancelled, unless you have some miraculous insurance.

the airline have to give you a refund by law (if they don't go bust), which should be within 14 days but good luck with that.

we've got fucking Ryanair to contend with if it comes to it.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 19:58:24
Ah, me too  :)

What if I paid a travel company the deposit and they used that deposit to pay the flights? Technically I didn't pay the carrier  :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 20:26:38
A quick internet search may assist in finding answers


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 20:59:23
Bit further north than you...West of Scotland.  Started the new job (to be based in Glasgow after lockdown) earlier this month.  But the house sale/family move is prob now going to take a while longer.  Aiming, eventually, to be somewhere north of Glasgow & left of Stirling.  Trying not to worry about what I can't change anyway.  : )

Moving up there is going to fuck up your midsummer madness... practically in the Arctic Circle, should be good foran aurora or two.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Ardiles on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 21:21:00
Moving up there is going to fuck up your midsummer madness... practically in the Arctic Circle, should be good foran aurora or two.

Yeah, I know.  There is that.  ::)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 18:37:53
looks like Tui are restarting holidays to the baliarics, canaries and Greece subject to government rules


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bogus Dave on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 19:55:48
Donít see how fco canít lift their advice soon. We can go to hotels in this country, and no-one else has done as badly as we have


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: RobertT on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 20:26:38
Donít see how fco canít lift their advice soon. We can go to hotels in this country, and no-one else has done as badly as we have

There are plenty of places you'd not want to be travelling to right now, if you were trying to avoid an outbreak.  Also plenty you'd be wise to refuse entry to, or at least force Quarantine like NZ has.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 21:44:29
I'm going to Torbaydos the week restrictions are lifted.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 22:05:26
Villa Plus did what they said ref automated emails.

Refunded the lot last week.

Hopes now pinned on Canaries in October.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 22:18:37
To help the economy, we should all holiday in the UK and fill up our wonderful beaches, resorts, pubs and restaurants.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:10:40
To help the economy, we should all holiday in the UK and fill up our wonderful beaches, resorts, pubs and restaurants.

Fuck that, I'm skipping abroad as soon as its feasible.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: DV Canio on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:13:28
Fuck that, I'm skipping abroad as soon as its feasible.

Same. Canít wait to get away.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:18:01
ditto. I've thought about it and I just need a deck chair, knotted hankey and cold beer


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Abrahammer on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:39:35
Ditto

The staycation will be more popular than ever so thatís all the reason I need to get abroad for guaranteed good weather (unlike here).  Whole point of a proper holiday for me is for it to be a break from the norm, different culture, people, food, etc.

British resorts are a weekend job for me, nothing more


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:49:36
Ditto

The staycation will be more popular than ever so that’s all the reason I need to get abroad for guaranteed good weather (unlike here).  Whole point of a proper holiday for me is for it to be a break from the norm, different culture, people, food, etc.

British resorts are a weekend job for me, nothing more

That said, during lockdown we have been blessed with some fantastic weather. Shame we haven't really been able to utilise it so much!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:54:47
Can't really argue with any of that but I am giving the sunnier climes a miss this year. 


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 18:43:18
Got a message from my holiday provider saying they have opened up a query request with the hotel. I suppose they want to find out want procedures are in place and whether pools etc are going to be open. I see today that in Catalonia they are putting 210,000 into lockdown  :(


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 18:46:37
Had our short break for the 2nd to 5th June cancelled and still awaiting the return of money from Booking.com, bloody dragging their feet.

Looks like our week driving in France, Holland and Belgium could be back on for the middle of August, all hotels over there are back open and Eurotunnel has confirned its back to a full service.

I haven't been out since March though due to being on the vulnerable list for sheidling but will play this one by ear, I am sure I will get a full refund if we don't make it anyway.


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 19:05:37
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Got a message from my holiday provider saying they have opened up a query request with the hotel. I suppose they want to find out want procedures are in place and whether pools etc are going to be open.
had a similar querey with ours. thankfully all the info is online but had to dig.. they are reduced capacity pre-booking timeslot for the pool sun loungers. pool will have a capacity and  you have to ask lifeguard to enter.

all ok in theory ... if enforced!

while on there noticed a discount code that along with the covid crisis head brought prices right down. a phonecall later now getting a 2 bed elite apartment for about 80 more than our single bed ordinary appartment (9 days). result, hopefully a sea view!

still nervous about the risk on the flight though..


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 19:42:25
I'll be wearing a mask on my flight


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 19:55:18
Quote from: 4D
I'll be wearing a mask on my flight

they aren't optional.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 20:20:59
Bang goes the in flight tipple  ::)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: The Grim Reaper on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 21:33:25
To help the economy, we should all holiday in the UK and fill up our wonderful beaches, resorts, pubs and restaurants.

I got a weeks all inclusive holiday with flights cheaper than a week at a caravan park in Cornwall.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 21:39:36
I got a weeks all inclusive holiday with flights cheaper than a week at a caravan park in Cornwall.

Yeah, that's unfortunate. 


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Valid Pint on Sunday, July 5, 2020, 07:44:36
I cancelled one holiday to a European country. I then booked another holiday to a different European country with more user-friendly guidance on exiting on re-entering the UK. I have since returned to work, have not tested positive for coronavirus, and I enjoyed my pub crawl yesterday.

It was a nice break btw.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:01:30
Travelling abroad at the moment doesn't appeal to me at all. Guess I'm in the minority here with that view.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Berniman on Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:27:07
I'm with you


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:52:29
I'm supposed to go to Spain in late August with friends - Wife and friends still want to go, but I'm not too keen!  :no:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: DV Canio on Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:52:54
Travelling abroad at the moment doesn't appeal to me at all. Guess I'm in the minority here with that view.

Travelling with my family to hotels with restrictions around the sun loungers / pool / bars / restaurants sounds shit.

Leaving them behind and going on my own - sounds ok!!!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 09:39:00
Travelling abroad at the moment doesn't appeal to me at all. Guess I'm in the minority here with that view.

I kind of agree. Though I need a break from work.

Trouble is, its nearly 2K down the swanny if we don't go.

I guess it comes down to what you think the health risk and quality of holiday will be.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 6, 2020, 10:10:35
Same Batch, although if I cancel now it would be just a £600 loss for the flights. I need to decide in the next 2 weeks  :(
I'm most concerned about getting stuck there.


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 10:24:30
I'm not!

my employer may see it differently :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 6, 2020, 10:44:17
Has anyone been on a plane yet since the recent announcements? I think I saw some problems with people on Ryanair flights not wearing masks properly etc but wondered in general how travelling was in general.

I now have a work laptop and the wife really wants to go to Ireland to see her parents but is very concerned about taking Covid across the pond especially as her dad has health issues. I guess taking the ferry might be an option but as we don't have a car, that's going to involve trains, which I guess are less risky than flying.

We also want to go to Turkey and might try and go out there for a sustained period just to get away from London, but its a 4 hour flight to Izmir (or longer if we go through Istanbul). Apparently they haven't had any cases in the town where our apartment is so again, we don't want to bring Covid over for a holiday! That said, we could happily quarantine if required.


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 11:43:15
^^^ it's also not clear how much protection everybody wearing a facemask provides.

it's not being in the plane that's the issue in itself, air circulation and filtration is actually very good

it's sitting near the infected...


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Monday, July 6, 2020, 13:04:46
Completely understand if you are set to lose money on a pre booked holiday. That's a dilemma for sure. I just don't fancy getting on a plane at the moment. I'd say the same about a bus or train too. Not for me at the moment.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 6, 2020, 13:06:45
Completely understand if you are set to lose money on a pre booked holiday. That's a dilemma for sure. I just don't fancy getting on a plane at the moment. I'd say the same about a bus or train too. Not for me at the moment.

Particularly as people on buses seem to think wearing a mask is a choice rather than mandatory. Transport for London are definitely not forcing people from what I see on a daily basis.

Kind of confirms my thoughts that people that live in London just do what they want, bunch of cunts.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:08:05
it's not just London though. people are inherently. selfish


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:14:17
Hmmm, just logged into my holiday booking and there is some kind of waiver I need to agree to before proceeding. I think it's to do with short notice changes, screenings etc.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:22:27
it's not just London though. people are inherently. selfish

Sadly you are right, but they seem to take it up a notch in the Capital.

Lockdown has been an eye-opener for us. Really strongly thinking about selling up our flat in London and moving to a house somewhere commutable - mainly because our neighours are selfish posh students who have zero awareness that the world doesn't revolve around them.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Costanza on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:23:15
We're going down to Beer in Devon in August.

Happy to sit on the caravan decking for 6 days and stare at the sea from afar.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:25:25
We're going down to Beer in Devon in August.

Happy to sit on the caravan decking for 6 days and stare at the sea from afar.

There is something just so nice about the sea, so calming! Sounds lovely.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Costanza on Monday, July 6, 2020, 14:33:49
There is something just so nice about the sea, so calming! Sounds lovely.

It's a nice little spot. We usually go down to Beer every year for a big family weekend with mates rates but this year it's too close to the arrival of the baby for us to attend so we're going earlier and I'm really looking forward to it.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 6, 2020, 16:29:02
We're going down to Beer in Devon in August.

Happy to sit on the caravan decking for 6 days and stare at the sea from afar.

Similarly, we've booked a cottage near Newton Abbot. We'll do a bit of walking, maybe a bit of paddling if we find some of the quieter beaches, but I'm happy to sit in the cottage and do nothing for a fortnight.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Monday, July 6, 2020, 17:09:42
We're going down to Beer in Devon in August.

Happy to sit on the caravan decking for 6 days and stare at the sea from afar.

Nice. If you get good weather that takes some beating.
Similarly, we've booked a cottage near Newton Abbot. We'll do a bit of walking, maybe a bit of paddling if we find some of the quieter beaches, but I'm happy to sit in the cottage and do nothing for a fortnight.

Loads down there for you to do and beaches don't get too busy. Teignmouth and Shaldon just down the road are smashing places with loads of beach space.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 6, 2020, 18:46:45
Hmmm, just logged into my holiday booking and there is some kind of waiver I need to agree to before proceeding. I think it's to do with short notice changes, screenings etc.

Seems like it's a waiver against claiming anything if Covid 19 affects the booking. Is that right?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:13:06
Nice. If you get good weather that takes some beating.
Loads down there for you to do and beaches don't get too busy. Teignmouth and Shaldon just down the road are smashing places with loads of beach space.

:nod:

Haven't been to south Devon for years, looking forward to it. Must remember to make the cream teas the right way round though...


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:26:51
:nod:

Haven't been to south Devon for years, looking forward to it. Must remember to make the cream teas the right way round though...

Gays creamery (if anyone is unaware of the place this is not a joke) do amazing take away cream teas you can eat at your leisure if you go to Dawlish. And it's always cream first (awaits Batch's response  ;) :D)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 6, 2020, 19:35:40
sounds good. if you like upside down fucking cream teas


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, July 6, 2020, 20:25:50
That's why the Devon and Cornwall retro music festival was cancelled. They could agree who went on first the Jam or Cream!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, July 6, 2020, 21:52:49
That's why the Devon and Cornwall retro music festival was cancelled. They could agree who went on first the Jam or Cream!

Bahhh-dummhh-fuckin-tishh


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: RobertT on Monday, July 6, 2020, 22:26:00
I see Virgin Money are putting on a drive up music festival in Newcastle - you get your own little platform for each car.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/virgin-money-unity-arena-socially-distance-venue-uk-1024272/


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Saxondale on Monday, July 6, 2020, 22:46:25
I see Virgin Money are putting on a drive up music festival in Newcastle - you get your own little platform for each car.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/virgin-money-unity-arena-socially-distance-venue-uk-1024272/


Im spending a month in a carpark in Bristol event managing something similar.

https://www.livenation.co.uk/festival/utilita-live-from-the-drive-in-bristol-tickets


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 10:31:39
Im spending a month in a carpark in Bristol event managing something similar.

https://www.livenation.co.uk/festival/utilita-live-from-the-drive-in-bristol-tickets
That's got to be good news, getting some work again. Does the outlook look a bit better now or still pretty ropey in medium term?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Saxondale on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 15:21:11
Still pretty ropey.  Reckon January.  Ive been lucky and should have enough money to carry me through till then.  Ive got a lot of friends who are starting to loose it though.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 15:37:20
Still pretty ropey.  Reckon January.  Ive been lucky and should have enough money to carry me through till then.  Ive got a lot of friends who are starting to loose it though.

Best of luck, hopefully things pick up sooner than then.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Saxondale on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 15:42:20
Thanks.  Ill just be very bored, but probably get to more games if we're allowed to go back.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Arriba on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 15:47:57
I'm in Torbaydos. Pretty quiet really and all the places I've been in are very conscientious of the virus. Wait to be seated most places, some still closed.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 16:18:58
We are off to Northumberland in a couple of weeks just hope the weather is OK as I expect its going to be a lot of walks, gardens and beaches as most things seem to be shut.

One slight concern is that the timetable seems to broadly tie in with the virus incubation period working forward from 'Super Saturday', Christ knows what happens if we go back into lockdown whilst we are away?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 16:28:33

One slight concern is that the timetable seems to broadly tie in with the virus incubation period working forward from 'Super Saturday', Christ knows what happens if we go back into lockdown whilst we are away?

I think you should know by now that if anything like that occurs, you just drive a bit further up the NE coast and check your eyesight.

By the way, did you see the lovely bit of snide digging Starmer did (not that he even needs to) towards Cummings with a certain tin of beer?  :soapy tit wank:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Costanza on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 16:57:44
We are off to Northumberland in a couple of weeks just hope the weather is OK as I expect its going to be a lot of walks, gardens and beaches as most things seem to be shut.

One slight concern is that the timetable seems to broadly tie in with the virus incubation period working forward from 'Super Saturday', Christ knows what happens if we go back into lockdown whilst we are away?

Comfortably one of my favourite counties. Bamburgh, Seahouses, Cragside, Alnwick, The Borders, Once Brewed, Morpeth.

Lovely stuff.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 19:48:21
Comfortably one of my favourite counties. Bamburgh, Seahouses, Cragside, Alnwick, The Borders, Once Brewed, Morpeth.

Lovely stuff.

Northumberland is rather wonderful..... to your list I'd add Linisfarne and a trip to the Farne Islands. Parts of Hadrian's wall can be found, but for me the magic is in the more or less unique in England..... rock art, otherwise known as cup and ring marks.

(http://www.stone-circles.org.uk/stone/images/roughting7.jpg)

Bronze Age in date, and an excuse to buy the books of Northumberland rock art guru Stan Beckensall

So exciting to stumble across empty moor and find this stuff just lurking around


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: donkey on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 20:28:50
Bronze Age

The third best age.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 22:10:32
The third best age.

I do prefer the cretaceous era. Rennie for your thoughts?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:11:36
I'm thinking of trying to postpone my Spanish holiday to later in the year. I'm not confident that everything will be functioning normally next month, it's a gamble, plus it looks like I would have to sign a waiver which I'm not happy about.


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:17:14
who is making you sign the waver 4d?

things aren't going to be back to normal for a very long time.. but delaying may mean they are better practiced at the 'new normal' and you can see if they work in practice


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:19:33
What does signing the Waiver entail?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:32:11
What does signing the Waiver entail?

You have to hold a pen and write a stylised version of you name on a special piece of paper.


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:37:22
I heard Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr come along to help. Then occasionally Tennant out the Pet shop boys and the bloke from Kraftwerk appear.

it's an Electronic signature


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:50:43
I knew as soon as I hit 'post' that there would be helpful responses in how to sign your name on a piece of paper!!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:54:42
I think you should know by now that if anything like that occurs, you just drive a bit further up the NE coast and check your eyesight.

By the way, did you see the lovely bit of snide digging Starmer did (not that he even needs to) towards Cummings with a certain tin of beer?  :soapy tit wank:

If you are implying we drive to Barnard Castle that's south of Northumberland ;), Christ if I go north that's Seahouses or Berwick, neither of which are very good for your eyesight.

Yeah I did see Starmers work, although his giving publicity to the corporate monolith of Brew Dog and their rather dubious ownership model would seem to rather contradict what Labour stand for.

Comfortably one of my favourite counties. Bamburgh, Seahouses, Cragside, Alnwick, The Borders, Once Brewed, Morpeth.

Lovely stuff.

Suspect we will be doing a fair few of those again this year in the absence of other places being open.

Northumberland is rather wonderful..... to your list I'd add Linisfarne and a trip to the Farne Islands. Parts of Hadrian's wall can be found, but for me the magic is in the more or less unique in England..... rock art, otherwise known as cup and ring marks.

(http://www.stone-circles.org.uk/stone/images/roughting7.jpg)

Bronze Age in date, and an excuse to buy the books of Northumberland rock art guru Stan Beckensall

So exciting to stumble across empty moor and find this stuff just lurking around

Who knows with Lindisfarne, its a bit of a hike to get to as we are down Alnmouth way, and frankly having been there 3/4 times before its actually pretty boring after a few visits, albeit might be nicer for once with fewer people there.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:05:26
I'm thinking of trying to postpone my Spanish holiday to later in the year. I'm not confident that everything will be functioning normally next month, it's a gamble, plus it looks like I would have to sign a waiver which I'm not happy about.
Waiver for what? Health issues or just that you might not get the holiday you originally booked? Could well imagine there might be quite a lot of stuff not open or restricted


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: mexico red on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:13:31
I'm thinking of trying to postpone my Spanish holiday to later in the year. I'm not confident that everything will be functioning normally next month, it's a gamble, plus it looks like I would have to sign a waiver which I'm not happy about.

Well spain is pretty much totally back to normal. The only thing different is you have to wear face masks. Bars restaurants theme parks museums all running fine. Only issue currently is tourists arriving and not complying with law.

Everywhere has sanitizer outside that you must use before entering. There are no menus in restaurants. Every table has a QS code on it which you scan to see menus. The beaches are monitored by drones and have apps to tell you if they are too busy. To be honest itís all pretty slick and running like a dream.

Iím in the high risk category and feel totally safe


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Berniman on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:40:37
In other words not worth visiting for holiday's then..  why so many people are desperate to get away on holiday (if they haven't already booked ahead of Covid) is beyond me..  The same people will be shouting later in the year that they spent X amount on a holiday and it was ruined by the (understandable) restrictions in place.. and they want a refund etc..


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:48:18
who is making you sign the waver 4d?

things aren't going to be back to normal for a very long time.. but delaying may mean they are better practiced at the 'new normal' and you can see if they work in practice

The travel company I booked the package with. It's basically along the lines that I accept that products, services etc may be subject to short notice change. I take that as measures may be put in place at the resort or hotel due to Covid 19, which might mean closing the pool, restrictions etc. I don't want to spend a couple of grand to be sat in a hotel room  :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:50:49
Well spain is pretty much totally back to normal. The only thing different is you have to wear face masks. Bars restaurants theme parks museums all running fine. Only issue currently is tourists arriving and not complying with law.

Everywhere has sanitizer outside that you must use before entering. There are no menus in restaurants. Every table has a QS code on it which you scan to see menus. The beaches are monitored by drones and have apps to tell you if they are too busy. To be honest itís all pretty slick and running like a dream.

Iím in the high risk category and feel totally safe

Thanks Mex. Supposed to be going to the costa Costa Brava. Can you see things going south again?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:53:00
The travel company I booked the package with. It's basically along the lines that I accept that products, services etc may be subject to short notice change. I take that as measures may be put in place at the resort or hotel due to Covid 19, which might mean closing the pool, restrictions etc. I don't want to spend a couple of grand to be sat in a hotel room  :)

Dare I suggest you just use your common sense?  ;)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:55:37
Thanks Mex. Supposed to be going to the costa Costa Brava. Can you see things going south again?
I'd have thought the Costa Brava's likely to stay where it is tbh.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 11:01:21
Dare I suggest you just use your common sense?  ;)

The resort closing things at short notice has nothing to do with me using common sense.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: mexico red on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:14:33
Thanks Mex. Supposed to be going to the costa Costa Brava. Can you see things going south again?

The only thing about the costa brava and Catalonia in general is that it was one of the most badly hit areas. The far west of Catalonia was placed in lockdown again last week. Best start reading something like el pais daily .


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Panda Paws on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:17:46
We were due to go to Barcelona in October to see Elton John. Gig is obviously cancelled, so we'll knock it on the head and lose the cash on the flights.

It strikes me as a very British thing to be desperate for a holiday. Not sure why. The missus is crawling up the walls at the thought of not getting away this year.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:33:12
It strikes me as a very British thing to be desperate for a holiday. Not sure why. The missus is crawling up the walls at the thought of not getting away this year.

I've always blamed Cliff Richard....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am5VNGSDpdI


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:35:31
Quote from: 4D

things aren't going to be back to normal for a very long time.. but delaying may mean they are better practiced at the 'new normal' and you can see if they work in practice
The travel company I booked the package with. It's basically along the lines that I accept that products, services etc may be subject to short notice change. I take that as measures may be put in place at the resort or hotel due to Covid 19, which might mean closing the pool, restrictions etc. I don't want to spend a couple of grand to be sat in a hotel room  :)[/quote]

ah I see. yeah I get that they are covering themselves for 'shit holiday' lawsuits.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:39:17
Quote from: mexico red
Well spain is pretty much totally back to normal. The only thing different is you have to wear face masks. Bars restaurants theme parks museums all running fine. Only issue currently is tourists arriving and not complying with law.

Everywhere has sanitizer outside that you must use before entering. There are no menus in restaurants. Every table has a QS code on it which you scan to see menus. The beaches are monitored by drones and have apps to tell you if they are too busy. To be honest itís all pretty slick and running like a dream.

Iím in the high risk category and feel totally safe

cheers mex, very reassuring. hope Tenerife is as sorted. I'm sure they will be, another lockdown would kill half the tourist industry there.

I read they were trying to get more hugely testing of tourists before/on arrival. sounds good to me.

also read some beaches were pre-book to ensure social distance capacity isn't hit, but can find no online evidence of how to do so.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Valid Pint on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 13:04:02
In other words not worth visiting for holiday's then..  why so many people are desperate to get away on holiday (if they haven't already booked ahead of Covid) is beyond me..  The same people will be shouting later in the year that they spent X amount on a holiday and it was ruined by the (understandable) restrictions in place.. and they want a refund etc..

I'm with you on this. All very well wanting to go outside the UK to experience other cultures, food etc. But when you are all holed up in a hotel on an all-inclusive with maybe the odd day excursion on a coach full of Brits, you are more likely to be exposed to the cultures of Essex & Yorkshire. Therefore why not just go there?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 14:42:03
cause it's sunny abroad.

if you could transport the climate here, I'd do the UK every summer


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 23:36:47
I wouldn't call it a desperation to get away but when travel and circumstances allow, I will travel abroad. Likely Turkey. I care not for the need to be by a swimming pool or spend every day on the beach (that isn't to say they aren't valid activities) so a so called "normal" holiday isn't likely to make me worry about those things not being available.

I can totally understand those that do love to go away and do nothing but relax. That is just part of getting away for many, regardless of location. For some it's a detachment from reality for a week or so. For myself, I've always treated my time away as an extension of reality rather than a detachment. In part I love being in a place where I can understand very little of the language and have to gain part of the trust of the local element before "settling in". Trying different foods and making a fool of myself trying to piece the right  sentence together and not mistakenly telling them that "Your Mother, was an 'amster and your Father smelt of elderberries".

It's for all of those reasons above that I'll be holidaying in Clydebank later this year  :soapy tit wank:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 23:41:24
If you are implying we drive to Barnard Castle that's south of Northumberland ;), Christ if I go north that's Seahouses or Berwick, neither of which are very good for your eyesight.

Yes I did but if you're having to check your eyesight, how would you know if you were travelling North or South?  ;)

Yeah agree RE: Starmer and the BrewDog ethics. However it was mild, comparative to anything the government in situ have been guilty of.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Berniman on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 09:12:42
cause it's sunny abroad.

if you could transport the climate here, I'd do the UK every summer

I get that, of course I would like some sun.  What I don't fancy is having to wear a mask in between applying sun cream, not being able to swim in a pool, or if I can wondering if it is a soup of Covid and urine instead of just the usual urine. Having to go to dinner at a set time because of social distancing etc. etc. 

Paying a chunk of money now to go to spend 2 weeks in what could be a hotter more relaxed version of the lock down we have been in for the past 3 or 4 months isn't something I would be scrambling to spend my money on at the moment..  add to that the risk that you could end up getting locked down there if another spike happens.

Each to their own, but I fully expect there to be a thread on here by the end of the year about how to try to get a refund on a holiday that advertised no restrictions only to find that nothing was open when they got there..


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11:04:07
Which is why I'm cancelling mine today Berni, will lose the flight money but hey ho.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 21:39:45
Spain cancelled, 4 nights in Dorset booked


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Valid Pint on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 21:57:26
Spain cancelled, 4 nights in Dorset booked

Lucky Dorset.

Grockles are go.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: swindonmaniac on Friday, July 10, 2020, 08:39:58
Lucky Dorset.

Grockles are go.
Thought grockles were Devon/Cornwall direction ??.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Valid Pint on Friday, July 10, 2020, 08:50:42
Thought grockles were Devon/Cornwall direction ??.

A Wight Islander I know says they use the term there. I've also heard it used by Born(going down)muff locals.

But yes, I have heard it moreso in Ambrosia country & the land of giants.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Friday, July 10, 2020, 09:03:17
Grockle is generally associated with Devon and Dorset AFAIK, Emmit is used in Cornwall.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, July 10, 2020, 14:41:31
The travel company I booked the package with. It's basically along the lines that I accept that products, services etc may be subject to short notice change. I take that as measures may be put in place at the resort or hotel due to Covid 19, which might mean closing the pool, restrictions etc. I don't want to spend a couple of grand to be sat in a hotel room  :)

A couple of Grand?? Its hard enough getting a round out of you....only breathe in!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Friday, July 10, 2020, 14:56:57
I think I bought the last round before lockdown.........with my guess the gate winnings  :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: swindonmaniac on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 06:54:46
I think I bought the last round before lockdown.........with my guess the gate winnings  :)
Fuck me, you mean he paid out ??.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 08:36:41
  ;D



Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: THE FLASH on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 19:23:57
I think I bought the last round before lockdown.........with my guess the gate winnings  :)

Did you win the Forest Gump Guess?!

FFS....memory of an elephant when YOURE owed....


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 15:33:52
If any of you are struggling with chasing these companies please feel free to drop me a message. I am a independent travel agent and can help if you need it. All free of course 


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Berniman on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 15:37:51
If any of you are struggling with chasing these companies please feel free to drop me a message. I am a independent travel agent and can help if you need it. All free of course 

I think I have just worked out who you are then :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 15:43:49
I think I have just worked out who you are then :)

keep up Bernard :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 15:53:56
I think I have just worked out who you are then :)
Hahahah could have just asked me buddy


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:01:13
Is it Simon Calder?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:01:36
I think I have just worked out who you are then :)
:sherlock:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:03:16
Is it Simon Calder?
How rude


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:04:10
How rude

 :girlgiggle:

ha - I think I know too :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: tans on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:05:10
Didnt realise Judith Chalmers posted on the TEF


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:09:04
Didnt realise Judith Chalmers posted on the TEF

That was the name of the person I was trying to think of, but I was confusing her with Lynn Foulds-Wood and I didn't want to tarnish her name as I know she sadly died recently.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Sippo on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:09:22
Didnt realise Judith Chalmers posted on the TEF

Have you seen his recent photo's. Phwooooar.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 16:58:18
Dogs on heat you lot


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 21:50:53
You're the real Paul Reg?  :D


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 14:07:33
Ha. The airline has cancelled the flights anyway. Looks like a refund will be on it's way  :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 18:19:33
Ohh ffs who changed 'PlŲwman' to Reg?  :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 18:37:26
Ha. The airline has cancelled the flights anyway. Looks like a refund will be on it's way  :)
That's good news.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 19:21:33
On a slightly related topic, I have built up a fairly substantial number of points on a TUI credit card. Those points can be used in part payment of a holiday.

TUI have decided to discontinue the card later this year and if you don't book something by a specified date, the points are lost. I am a bit bemused by the short notice and I suppose I will have to book something for next year in the vain hope that all this goes away by then.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 19:55:11
On a slightly related topic, I have built up a fairly substantial number of points on a TUI credit card. Those points can be used in part payment of a holiday.

TUI have decided to discontinue the card later this year and if you don't book something by a specified date, the points are lost. I am a bit bemused by the short notice and I suppose I will have to book something for next year in the vain hope that all this goes away by then.

I guess you could ''sell'' the points online to someone if you feel you might not use them in time.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: JBZ on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 20:06:13
I guess you could ''sell'' the points online to someone if you feel you might not use them in time.

I'll have a look into whether you can do this


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 27, 2020, 23:07:52
Batch?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53560759


Title: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Monday, July 27, 2020, 23:09:53
totally fucked. just didn't think to check the fco advice would be covered


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 27, 2020, 23:18:33
Check your flight. Ours got cancelled but we only found out by logging into the website. Are you still within a window to  cancel without getting hit with the costs?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 27, 2020, 23:21:28
Judging by those graphs I think we should all go and holiday with Audrey.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 09:14:56
Quote from: 4D
Check your flight. Ours got cancelled but we only found out by logging into the website. Are you still within a window to  cancel without getting hit with the costs?

mate it's Ryanair ;)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 09:20:46
Same  ;)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10:10:59
not in any window. booked ages ago, pre-covid.

biggest mistake was missing the fco 'essential travel' advice being an exclusion in our holiday cancellation cover.

I would beat myself up, but it wasn't something even on the remote possibility of happening radar at the time.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10:43:59
If you are 100% sure that your cancellation policy doesn't allow a refund (partial or full) then it might be worth contacting your travel provider to postpone it until next year. I'd still check the flight on Ryanair to see if they've cancelled it.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with your
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 11:21:07
yes I'm sure 

no they haven't cancelled it

booked direct with Ryanair. they won't even waive the change fee,

next year = 260 each way + difference in flight cost. I'm not giving those scammers another 1k.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Friday, July 31, 2020, 09:14:46
Booked to go to Turkey a week on Tuesday. Hopefully cases don't spike before then and we get a second lockdown.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 31, 2020, 09:29:40
We have confirmation that we are allowed to go to Belgium driving over on the 23rd August for a week via Eurotunnel.

We wont be mixing much with anyone and have a lodge with a private hot tub, so at least distancing shouldnt be too difficult.

We also dont need to worry if we have to isolate for 14 days anyway as we both work from home anyway.

The only thing that could stop us is there is localized lockdowns preventing travel.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, July 31, 2020, 09:34:52
My family must be lucky. We'd booked:

- Holiday to Spain in August
- A week away with mates in Manchester from Sunday

I'll let you know where we think of going next, so you can all avoid!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Friday, July 31, 2020, 09:36:03
We have confirmation that we are allowed to go to Belgium driving over on the 23rd August for a week via Eurotunnel.

We wont be mixing much with anyone and have a lodge with a private hot tub, so at least distancing shouldnt be too difficult.

We also dont need to worry if we have to isolate for 14 days anyway as we both work from home anyway.

The only thing that could stop us is there is localized lockdowns preventing travel.

Lockdown with Leffe JJ?


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, July 31, 2020, 10:01:31
Lockdown with Leffe JJ?
Not that weak shit mate ;)

I prefer quads, I rarely drink anything under 9% these days, I drink for the taste not to get drunk as I find I cannot drink enough to get drunk now, quality over quantity.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 08:28:19
Flew out to Izmir yesterday. Luton airport was quiet but that more than suited me. Hardly any of the eateries or pubs was open either, again fine for me.

Our flight was delayed due to an issue with who was supposed to deep clean the aircraft but all 82 passengers seemed to be wearing masks, which was less uncomfortable for the 3.5 hours than I thought. We did get a pre-packaged food and a drink so of course had to take the masks off, but given the low numbers of people on the flight, being socially distanced was easy.

No extra checks at Izmir airport, just had to pop our form that we filled in on the plane for track and tracing purposes, wait for our cases and away we went.

I can completely understand why people wouldn't want to travel at the moment, but aside from having to wear a mask, I found the whole experience good. For my own mental health we had to get out of London, I was getting quite claustrophobic and a change was definitely needed!!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: mexico red on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 08:58:28
My friend did cabin crew for easyJet Luton to Malaga yesterday. Only 50 on a 186 seater. She was going to tell them about Spanish bank holiday on Saturday which means every single thing will shut. She was also going to mention the strict fines for not wearing a mask outside your home. But she said and I quote ď they were all horrible chavs so fuck themĒ


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 09:20:35
My friend did cabin crew for easyJet Luton to Malaga yesterday. Only 50 on a 186 seater. She was going to tell them about Spanish bank holiday on Saturday which means every single thing will shut. She was also going to mention the strict fines for not wearing a mask outside your home. But she said and I quote “ they were all horrible chavs so fuck them”

haha - I know the type!


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 01:23:47
My friend did cabin crew for easyJet Luton to Malaga yesterday. Only 50 on a 186 seater. She was going to tell them about Spanish bank holiday on Saturday which means every single thing will shut. She was also going to mention the strict fines for not wearing a mask outside your home. But she said and I quote ď they were all horrible chavs so fuck themĒ

I'm sure they all weren't but a shame that some genuinely sensible culture seekers would have missed out on this information. Most likely though that a few loud tossers who'd had "some cans" at Luton spoilt it. In any case, I would have probably checked out this kind of info as I did when I was in Spain for Pilar during October. Can't wait for those kind of times again. Can't stand "Brits abroad" though, and I think you know what I mean Mex  ;)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: bamboonoshop on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 01:27:25
Flew out to Izmir yesterday. Luton airport was quiet but that more than suited me. Hardly any of the eateries or pubs was open either, again fine for me.

No extra checks at Izmir airport, just had to pop our form that we filled in on the plane for track and tracing purposes, wait for our cases and away we went.

I can completely understand why people wouldn't want to travel at the moment, but aside from having to wear a mask, I found the whole experience good. For my own mental health we had to get out of London, I was getting quite claustrophobic and a change was definitely needed!!

This is all brilliantly reassuring. I will be looking to book my flight for about 6 weeks time. No need to pay extra to book a specific seat then, either?

Glad you have got out of nodnoL mate. I have DM'd you BO, in glorious Bamboo shorthand  ;) Give me a shout when you get a chance. I bet that heat was wonderous when you stepped of the plane! I'll be there soon! :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:25:33
I'm sure they all weren't but a shame that some genuinely sensible culture seekers would have missed out on this information. Most likely though that a few loud tossers who'd had "some cans" at Luton spoilt it. In any case, I would have probably checked out this kind of info as I did when I was in Spain for Pilar during October. Can't wait for those kind of times again. Can't stand "Brits abroad" though, and I think you know what I mean Mex  ;)

There were no drinking establishments open at Luton airport that I could see, so no opportunities for people to take pictures of their pints of lager to put on social media!

This is all brilliantly reassuring. I will be looking to book my flight for about 6 weeks time. No need to pay extra to book a specific seat then, either?

Glad you have got out of nodnoL mate. I have DM'd you BO, in glorious Bamboo shorthand  ;) Give me a shout when you get a chance. I bet that heat was wonderous when you stepped of the plane! I'll be there soon! :)

sorry Bamboo, I did see that message but we've been so busy getting our gaff in London sorted to get it on the market on Tuesday so I haven't had a chance to reply. I'm not being ignorant, promise!! :)

Um, I think we did upgrade slightly so that we could book a seat nearer the front of the plane. The thinking behind this was that I thought there would be loads of checks at the airport so wanted to get off as quick as possible. As it occurred there were barely any checks and the cases took bloody ages anyway so was a bit of a frivolous purchase in the end.


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: 4D on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:41:32
^^^ "Inbox full"   :)


Title: Re: Booked Holidays - what's happening with yours?
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:48:09
^^^ "Inbox full"   :)

that as well!! ;)