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post corona travel or adventure plans

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by heldon, May 3, 2020.

  1. heldon

    heldon Occasional commenter

    It would be nice to escape corona chat/news for a while so why not share some of your future plans/adventures?

    we are thinking about doing the https://kom-emine.com/?lang=en next August.

    also thinking about a cycle tour of Corsica

    stay safe
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Well there you go.
    I do really want to travel to Ferrara and Parma as I should be doing this year, but the thought of crowded airports and planes is hard to come to terms with at the moment. Will we develop short memories I wonder. Those cities will have been so badly damaged by the lockdown but the art and architecture will still be there. Can I do Italy, gluten free is another new issue to consider!!!
  3. wayside34

    wayside34 New commenter

    I have a flight booked to Florida in June this year to visit my mother who lives on the Gulf coast she is very elderly. I am sure this flight will be cancelled well I hope so don't want to travel nor will I. I may go next year if I feel safe to travel. We had a cruise booked for Norwegian Fjords we have cancelled that. I think Cruising will be a no go for a couple years for me.For this this year,subject to lockdown nearer to home would mind visiting the Scottish Highlands as to whereabouts will have to research. Just have to see how this lockdown and virus pans out.
  4. Ex-teacher

    Ex-teacher Occasional commenter

    I fear this years plans are on hold.... I was going to the far east in October.

    In the meantime I might visit Argate, a little place on the outskirts of M'garden....
  5. jphil

    jphil New commenter

    Scotland and Corsica are both fabulous, with stunning scenery some variations in weather cycled and walked in both but cycle toured extensively in Corsica over last 20 years. Each year visit both sadly might not be the case this year.
  6. heldon

    heldon Occasional commenter

    did you cycletour/camp in Corsica? I know the west is more rocky and rugged than the east.
    We did the GR20 a few years ago and thought it was great. Thought about getting the ferry across from the south of france. Nice to start planning even though it might be a year or more away.
  7. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    We were planning the Canadaian rockies in September, doubt that is happening though the tour operator says they will make a decision in July. Should have been in Cyprus at half term and that definitely is off. Sighs, there is always next year
  8. jphil

    jphil New commenter

    Hi Heldon, sorry not to bore you too much! Yes I have cycle toured in Corsica many times over last 20 years with the bike I always camp - even my partner says" Oh let me guess, where you'll be going this summer with your bike?"
    I love Scotland it is unique in many ways for walking/cycling/landscape/culture, but for my summer break I go to Corsica and have routes and campsites that I particulary like. Eventhough i'm from Lancashire originally, I live in London which has the advantage of plenty of direct flights to Corsica -quite reasonably priced for the moment, lets see what happens... Once upon a time I had to fly to Nice/Marseille then ferry to Corsica.The good thing about Corsica there are a great deal of campsites open to choose from(May-end Sep) and you bump into loads of other cyclists camping and touring like yourself. Yes really enjoyed the GR20 did it about 10 years ago now and did the Mare- Monte back in the 90s with my partner. Feel free to ask any further questions you may have about any routes campsites.
  9. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I've been thinking about travel too. Assuming that this year's Med holiday plans are all off (Southern Spain in July). We are close to retirement, probably one more year, then were really looking forward to the opportunity to travel in term time. Right now, I can't imagine getting on a plane again, but I'm sure I'll get past that if and when we get back to some sort of 'normal'.

    Also have a niece who was due to take a gap year and go backpacking in Asia with a friend. I know so many people are having to deal with far greater problems, but they've been planning the trip for two years and are very disappointed.

    If restrictions are lifted in the summer, we're thinking of Devon or Cornwall.
  10. Prim

    Prim Occasional commenter

    I guess we could still travel on a ferry and remain in our car next year? As long as we observe all of the safety precautions we should be fine. Will always follow the science first though. Stay safe everyone.
  11. JanE60

    JanE60 New commenter

    Austria planned for September. Almost certainly won't happen as visitors from UK will not be allowed due to our abysmal infection figures (thanks, "Government")! Had hoped to visit NZ next January. See previous reasons as to why this won't happen. We will be the lepers of the international travel world... So, hope to visit local beaches, but will be interested to see how they can operate social distancing without becoming regimented like Italian beaches.
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  12. mustntgrumble

    mustntgrumble New commenter

    I think I'll holiday in the lounge this year...
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  13. heldon

    heldon Occasional commenter

    Or the garden, mine is looking immaculate this year!
  14. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    'Stopathom' is the way to go...
  15. pauljoecoe

    pauljoecoe New commenter

    Plan was to return from Hong Kong (where I am working but will retire from in a month or so) overland via China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and through Europe. However, Corona has made planning this very difficult due to too many unknowns.

    Don’t really want to be back in the UK until September so we will now just wait and see what travelling opportunities are available from Hong Kong in July. Hoping to be able to explore this region a bit including a few weeks travelling by train in China and then fly home in September.

    For now though it’s a case of sit and watch this space!
  16. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Post Corona ? There will be no " after " for a very long time.
  17. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    We are going to our house in Kalotina, about 60kms north of Sofia.

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  18. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    @the hippo is back!

    What have you been up to?
  19. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Established commenter

    Someone posted about Kuching on Borneo on another forum. That would be brilliant. Went there 30 years ago but if you are a fan of the outdoors, orangutans, elephants, climbing mountains, whizzing around the huge jungle on the river taxis etc, that would be good to visit again. Hot and sweaty but loved it there. Combined with a few days in Singapore of course. Love Singapore!!

    Corsica - has been on the list for years. Some fabulous youtube videos of people walking the gr20 and cycling round the place.

    Morocco - went to the Atlas mountains last year. Hated the hassle in the cities but once you get out of any of them, the place comes alive. Could spend a year there and not see it all but must return.

    Always a fan of Eastern Europe and planned the big train tour for this year. I guess next year will be the time to go, maybe combined with trains in Turkey over to Armenia / Georgia.

    Japan again. Just so wacky, sumo, odd things like Manga bookshop hotels, food. Hot women. Such hot women!

    China's off the list for a few years!! The last time I went there, the coughing up your guts and spitting everywhere really p133ed me off. I guess there is a bit less of that now, but still don't want to go anymore.
    Last edited: May 19, 2020
  20. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Taking advantage of your kind offer:

    I have often considered/wondered/ dreamed about walking the GR20

    I enclose a link (now quite dated; 2006/10/13, it seems)

    and I wonder:

    i) Does it seem more or less accurate to you?

    ii) Are there any major errors, given that much must have changed in the near 15 years time span.

    For what it's worth, options like the Cirque de la Solitude mentioned in the link, would certainly not enter even my wildest dreams

    Many thanks for any reply.


    Just clocked that you did it 10 years ago so maybe the 2nd question isn't totally applicable. But any/every comment welcome. Including re difficulty and fitness levels required.
    Last edited: May 19, 2020

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