How the swine flu ruined my honeymoon
Friday, October 01, 2010
My hubby and I got married in July of 2008. It took us until April of 2009 to save for the honeymoon (including money from the wedding). So we were super excited to go to a fancy resort in Mexico for 2 weeks.
Two days after we left, the government of Canada issued a travel advisory for Mexico and shut down all flights. At first we thought we would be ok because we were already there and everything was fine and the government was overreacting (it was). Then we found out that we would have to go home a week early. Our honeymoon got cut in half!
Our original plan was to lay around by the beach for the first week and then do our adventures on the second week. We had planned to go ziplining in the jungle, snorkeling in a cenote (underground cave), hiking the Mayan ruins, and visiting a theme park/eco park.
When we found out that we were leaving early we still have 3 days, so we thought we could get in at least one thing. When we tried to book we found out that all of the tourist attractions were closed because of the Swine Flu.
So we came home and were at least comforted by the fact that we would be getting money back, until we found out that it was credit only with Signature vacations and it was a fraction of what we were expecting. After much arguing, they gave us a little bit more, but we only had until April 2010 to use it.
Now, we could use it to go somewhere cheaper but we want a redo for our honeymoon, so we wanted to save up the rest of the money and go back to the same resort. Since we just bought a condo this year we were unable to save up the money by the April 2010 deadline, but were able to get it extended until Sept 30 2010. Well, we still hadn't saved enough, so I called Signature and they actually extended it until April 2011 for us! But they said they will not be extending it again and I believe them! So this time we need to get serious about saving.
So my hubby and I have a join goal. Save the money and be beach body ready in time to go back to Mexico for a redo on our honeymoon next year!
And no bird flu, swine flu, or anything else allowed!