A Roll of the Dice – Travelers share summer vacation experiences that range from near-nirvana to absolute bust – PR Web | Gmx Pharm

Mahima Tripathi, leisure traveller

All six of my flight legs to and from Europe went smoothly in June and July. Apparently that’s a small miracle these days. – Tim Leffel, CheapestDestinationsBlog.com

If you’re planning an actual trip to Las Vegas or any other destination this summer, the overall experience might depend on Lady Luck and a roll of the dice. As airline delays and cancellations continue to grab the headlines and ruin vacations around the world, others are enjoying wonderful travel experiences this summer. So why do some have the perfect summer vacation while others are a complete broke? Is it the right plan? pure luck? A bit of both? ExpertFlyer recently asked consumers and travel professionals to share their recent summer travel experiences. Their reactions ranged from absolute bliss to outright disappointment.

LaToyia Downs is a graduate student and travel blogger (The Impulse Traveler) whose recent international trip, her first since the pandemic, was lifted straight out of a horror movie. Mrs Downs’ first flight was canceled en route to the airport. No explanation or fanfare. Just cancelled. Two follow-up flights were also canceled and an arrival at their destination (Montego Bay) would only be possible in three days.

“That was my worst travel experience. What made it so bad was the feeling of helplessness and disappointment. I had worked hard to get the money and sacrificed my annual vacation days,” Ms Downs said. “I booked a last minute flight to Dallas to salvage the rest of my vacation. My experience in Dallas was great. The only downside is that I kept thinking about how much fun I would have if I was in Jamaica.”

Amy Lyle, a humor writer and author of The Book of Failures, can certainly understand the frustration. Their 10th wedding anniversary has been canceled four times since 2021 due to Covid, the Israel-Palestine crisis and the war in Ukraine. As if that wasn’t enough, Amy and her husband were escorted off a cruise ship to Greece because their Covid vaccines were “too old”.

“We didn’t have a plan B, but we met a great local gentleman in Ravina, Italy who helped us plan our two-week stay, which included planes, trains and cars,” recalls Ms. Lyle. “Covid was almost a bad memory not to see masks in the hotels, restaurants or even on the Delta flight. Masks were compulsory on public transport in Italy, but masks were removed when meals, snacks, drinks and coffee were served.”

But not all vacations were scenes from a horror movie. “All six of my flight legs to and from Europe went smoothly in June and July,” said Tim Leffel, travel writer and blogger at Cheapestdestinationsblog.com. “Apparently that’s a small miracle these days. In early June I traveled Tampa-Gatwick-Malaga, Spain and then flew from Malaga to Sofia, Bulgaria. I flew back to Malaga from Sofia on July 4th, then to Gatwick and Tampa on July 5th. Security lines were long and planes were full, but no major delays.”

Pam Howard, author of Our Adventure is Everywhere, traveled domestically from Indianapolis to Las Vegas and Orlando in June with no problems. “I was pleasantly surprised how smoothly everything went. I’d heard a lot of horror stories about baggage screening, delayed flights, long TSA lines, etc., but I’ve had no problems with any of my four flights,” she said. “Both holidays were fantastic. Las Vegas felt very much like it did before COVID, only more expensive! It was also a little harder to get restaurant reservations and there didn’t seem to be that many shows. However, the vibe felt very pre-COVID and it was still a fun trip.”

Tim White, CEO and founder of MilePro, a lifestyle travel website and blog with great tips, tricks, deals and gear to help consumers travel in style, also experienced a plethora of delays and cancellations during his trip to Europe . “I traveled from Detroit to Paris, so I had to deal with the worst domestic and international travel. One of my stops was canceled, the other was an hour late and my luggage was missing for a day. It was an extremely frustrating and tiring experience,” he said.

Mr White also pointed out that burnt-out pilots, staff shortages and inflation are the two main reasons for the rising number of delayed and canceled flights. “The burnout also applies to flight crew as airlines have fewer staff and are still canceling people due to COVID. Additionally, airlines are struggling to attract new staff at current wages, meaning they have to raise wages to hire much-needed staff, but most haven’t done so yet,” he added.

“Travel has obviously changed since before the pandemic, and we need to make some adjustments, at least in the short term,” explained Mahima Tripathi, a leisure traveler from Canada who shared with ExpertFlyer some key observations from her recent trip from Toronto to Boston. One such observation related to travel blogs. “Travel blogs giving advice and reviews on transport and travel destinations before the pandemic are irrelevant.”

Ms Tripathi made several other observations during her travels, including inexperienced waiters at restaurants, noticeable attrition at hotels (but increased hotel rates), tour frequencies being reduced, and priority lines at airports didn’t seem to be much of a priority.

To hear the full interview with leisure traveler Mahima Tripathi, visit ExpertFlyer’s blog.

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