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Day 554: Expensive Lesson(s)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well... there will be no DisneyWorld, at least not this January.

I won't be spending Christmas on the beach, or with my son and daughter-in-law, either.

We ran into a problem before we even left Manchester Airport.

Seems that Himself lacks a certain type of visa - I don't know yet if it's "more than" the one he's used the last few trips, and "less than" a full-blown green-card visa, or what. But point being - he doesn't have the right kind.

He can't be in the US more than 90 days, and in fact isn't supposed to be going in and out at will, at all frequently. He's supposed to have long... gaps between visits.

Because we retired and the house sold we thought we'd take an extra-long trip this time - first time ever in nearly fifteen years - and be over here for four months.

Not happening.

The expenses have been astronomical: we could not adapt the flights we had booked in order to change our return from 6 January to 14 December. Nor could we use our airmiles.

He had to flat-out buy a one-way ticket from Syracuse to Manchester, England. That's the most expensive way to buy airfare - one-way, that is - and that one ticket costs as much as our usual round-trip fare.

So we go back in mid-December, and don't know for sure when he can come back. We will have to start some kind of lengthy - and no doubt expensive - application process.

I know, in the grand scheme of things, this isn't the worst thing that can happen to someone. I know we're lucky that we had the spare money to make it work (if we hadn't, we would not have been allowed to fly at all that day, and would have lost both our multiple-destination airfares).

But this whole episode has not only ruined a very special trip, it has cost us dearly, eating up the travel budget for a year - and thrown a huge monkey wrench into the works for our plans to spend more time in the US, less time in the UK, and live in both places.


So thank you all for your input. You had me convinced it was a good idea, and the time was right, and I was oh-so-looking-forward to a grand finale to seeing the kids and being here for Christmas.

You know what Vonnegut said.

Meanwhile, back in The North Countree, more cans of worms have opened up than I knew existed... my crazy life.

'night, Sparklers, wherever you are...

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    I am so sorry to read this...what an unfortunate turn of events and a tragic waste of money. emoticon

    I hope that you can get the visa regulations clearly defined so that things can work for you. Maybe you can get airline tickets at least partially funded via the flights you had to miss.

    As for DisneyWorld--I am sure it is hot and crowded ALL the time and an experience better enjoyed in the abstract---But that's just my opinion.

    Truly sorry...
    2353 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Ooof. Sorry about that.

    US is so problematic when it comes to visas--but I did think it would be easier for spouses!

    Not that the UK is always easier--I know someone who was sent back from the airport once because she had the wrong type of academic visa. (She now has "leave to remain", which is one of my favorite bureaucratic terms...)
    2355 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    What an awful, frustrating thing to have happen -- I'm with the cat, it just sucks. I admire your attempt to put it in perspective, but I'm sure you must be left with a lot of residual feelings that are best left unprinted. I'm with you. Travel just gets less and less fun as we try to comply with the various seen and unseen overlords.

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    2355 days ago
    I agree with your picture---what a bummer! Can you get help at the American embassy? I mean, you own property here and have a domicile there, it should not be that complicated---and how come others can come and stay with NO Visa and you all cannot? unreal! Contact your representative here in the US in the area where your mom's house is--see if they can help with the whole mess.
    2355 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I'm sorry your plans did not work out for you and it will be awhile before you can believe this but I believe in all things happening for a reason.
    2355 days ago
    emoticon It was a Great Idea, the logistics and Realities of today's world just got in the way. I am so sorry, but I know that things will work out in the Best Possible way, even if it doesn't seem so right now.
    2355 days ago
    Oh my def not good news for you. I don't really understand the logistics of it all so I can't even ask questions that would make any sense.

    But I am a bit confused as to where you are now and when you will be traveling to where you aren't now??

    I do hope things work out in some reasonable way my across the pond friend.

    2355 days ago
  • SROUS1340
    I'm so sorry this trip didh't work out. And having to buy a one way ticket-I did once from Oslo to Dallas. It took me a year to pay it off.
    Hugs to you and himself. Disneyworld will still be there when you get to it.
    2355 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Curious if the modern phenomenon of tighter restrictions due to terrorist activities has brought this about. If so, this is a prime example of a few bad apples causing problems for many others. I am NOT in any way implying anything negative about your spouse -- questioning if he is a collateral victim of these crazy times.
    2355 days ago
    Bummer! emoticon
    2355 days ago
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