Travelers are ‘gutted’ as a result of Austria’s national lockdown, which has forced them to cancel their trips.
The increase in Covid cases, according to one woman, forced her to postpone her first trip abroad in more than five years.
After Austria announced that it would implement a national lockdown beginning Monday, a woman told me she was “gutted” she had to cancel her first vacation abroad in more than five years.
Lorna Paterson, a 28-year-old Londoner, was planning a trip to Salzburg and Hallstat in December but had to cancel her flights and hotel reservations after learning of the country’s deteriorating situation.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Austria to protest the government’s announcement of new Covid-19 restrictions and plans to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory next year.
On Friday, a total of 15,809 new infections were reported in the country, a new high.
“I didn’t want to risk going ahead with the trip only to have it cancelled anyway, and I’d be at risk of losing my accommodation costs,” Ms Paterson, a senior digital marketing executive, said.
“In addition, I was concerned that there might be some unrest in Austria as a result of their new government vaccination guidelines.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the trip if I was worried about going, and my family was trying to talk me out of going.”
Thousands of Britons have postponed their winter vacation plans to Europe due to the worsening Covid outbreak in several European countries.
More than 100 comments were left on Crystal Ski Holidays’ Facebook post informing customers that they would be contacted following Austria’s announcement of a national lockdown.
Ms Paterson claims she will lose £90 if she is unable to get a refund on the Ryanair flights she booked.
However, the situation could have far-reaching consequences that go beyond money.
These recent developments are causing holidaymakers who had only recently mustered the courage and confidence to book a trip abroad to reconsider their plans.
Ms Paterson, who is fully vaccinated, believes that the Covid-19 vaccines would have prevented further lockdowns if they had been widely distributed.
“I’m devastated that I felt I had no choice but to cancel the trip,” she said.
“I had hoped that the vaccination program would put an end to it.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
Travelers are ‘gutted’ as a result of Austria’s national lockdown, which has forced them to cancel their plans.
Travellers ‘gutted’ as Austria’s national lockdown forces them to cancel trips