The Vietnam Holiday That Never Was

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the face of the world in the last year, more than 2 million global deaths, many more with lasting effects and who have been hit by the economic, social and mental wellbeing impact.

From a personal point of view today is sad from a travel point of view.

As this post is published we should be taking off from the UK to Singapore before our onward flight to Vietnam.

The trip had been in the planning phase since 2019, even while we were in Thailand in February 2020 there were thoughts of this trip for 2021. We thought long and hard about the possibility of the trip going ahead and what the risks were if we booked.

Even at the height of the first wave of the pandemic in Europe, early last summer, not many people thought we would be here, still battling the virus and with most parts of the world still in lockdown or with closed borders.

At the start of June last year we made what seemed to be an educated guess decision and booked our trip, knowing that we risked losing our deposit if we decided not to go or were not able to go. At the time it seemed that once the pandemic was over people would start traveling again and prices may go up.

How things changed in the following few months and by the time that the balance was due at the end of October the chances of travel seemed virtually non-existent.

Luckily by then the holiday company had managed to make arrangements which has meant we have been able to carry forward our deposit until we are able to book somewhere in the future. Even 2021 is looking less promising without the need for quarantine and / or vaccinations.

Photo credit Lynda Hinton on Unsplash

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