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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Who Knew?

Iceland's Disruptive Volcano
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Who knew when I was planning my summer vacation trip to London last January that a volcano eruption in Iceland three months later would imperil my plans?

At this point, I'm watching the situation closely to see how the airlines and the tourist industry in the UK handle the crisis. Fortunately, my trip is still a ways off, but unfortunately, volcanoes are unpredictable and this one continues to be active. There is also the threat of a nearby volcano erupting next.

I feel very sympathetic to all the travelers who are stranded as well as frightened of the possibility of that happening to me.


Jonathan said...

Same here.

But, think on the bright side: maybe there will be better flight deals to score.

I've too put my plans on purchasing on a few things for my travel to Europe.

But, you know what? If I can't go to Europe, I can always visit some other places. There's so many awesome, cool, interesting places to see in North America. Just today I learned about the geomorphologically cool places like the Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region in NY.

Seek Geo said...

I feel the same being worried and all whether if it will affect our trip back to Iceland this Aug after travel some in Europe areas later in July. I know it's still way off but hey, it can last up to two years.

Let's just hope it will end pretty soon, though.

I've been following this closely in past weeks since that day. Just found out that one of towns we visited last summer were evacuated and also the road we drove past to couple of towns are flood now.


Saranga said...

have you got travel insurance yet? if you have it might be worth checking to see if they'll cover cancelled flights etc. i've got a friend on honeymoon who's flight back is delayed, which is ok for her, cos an extended honeymoon in the tropics is good, but i've heard that other folks are stuck and have run out of money and their insurance isn't paying out.

Liz said...

I hope it does not effect you Sarah. I will be having my fingers crossed, and keeping an eye on the news.

Anonymous said...

When are you planning to leave? We have my mum with us right now, due to fly home netx Sunday but I think she will be with us for a tad longer.

I've heard some terrible stories about old people stuck at airports and having to sleep on floors as the hotels are full.

Lets hope the wind changes and moves that cloud.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Jonathan,
Sounds like you have a positive attitude. I will definitely try to make lemonade from these lemons if I am unable to go. As long as I get to spend time with my son and not be at work, it will still be a vacation.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Wow, that's amazing that one of the places you visited has been directly affected by the volcano, Seek Geo.
I hope you will be able to return to Iceland as you have planned.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Saranga,
Yes, running out of money while overseas would be one of my worries. So far I think I'm okay according to what the airline and my hotel have posted on their websites.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Thanks, Liz. I really appreciate your email on this.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Mog,
Your mum is lucky to be staying with family where she can stay on as needed. That wouldn't be my situation so I am very hesitant to go. I'd rather stay home than get stranded.
I wish your mum safe travels home when the skies are clear again.

kim said...

So sorry to hear about it. My aunt is in the same boat. She was planning to leave for Madrid on the 28th. Now she's not so sure. Hoping for clear skies for you this summer!