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Crossing my fingers! I MAY get to return to England for a very brief stay!!!!!

No real question, but I just had to post as a sort of 'wishing myself good luck' thing. Hubby got to return to England (after not getting to do international travel for about 10 years) to see the Carolina Panthers play Tampa Bay a couple of weekends ago. He and friends did a day trip out to Windsor, just as we had always done on our previous trips (more than 40 in just over 20 years of travel). Yesterday, he told me that trip made him realize just how much he misses the UK (and the rest of Europe). We still can't do long term trips (multiple reasons), but he is now contemplating doing a VERY short trip to celebrate our 42nd anniversary. If it all works out, we'd fly out of Charlotte on Friday Dec.21st and land at Heathrow Saturday morning. We'd take a cab to Windsor, spend the day wandering and shopping, stay at the Castle Hotel Saturday night, then fly home Sunday morning. I know- short, short, short! Money isn't the issue. Hoping everyone here will metaphorically cross their fingers for me (pray, send positive vibes into the universe, whatever ; )!)

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I hope you get your wish but unless you are immune to jet lag, best of luck. I’m brain dead on that first day, your only day. Now, if you can fly first class in a sleeper seat, maybe a different story.

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All the best to you, Toni. It’s been awhile!

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Thanks everyone! We will be flying business class. And in the past, I did ok with flying east. It was flying home (west) that left me knackered. Hubby just said he was going to try to book thinks tomorrow!!!

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I hope it all works out! Sometimes we take what we can do, rather than wait on what we wish we could do!

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28145 posts

good luck - I really really hope this works out for you

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It seems that there are some other factors at play here, but if you really want to go, just go. Why wait for the husband to organize everything?

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Yay! It is all booked! We head out on Dec. 20 and return on Dec. 22. Maybe if he sees our little dog can survive 2 nights, he'll consider boarding her in the future. His brother and sister-in-law now help take care of his mom, and my mom has 24 hour care, so fewer worries on that issue, too. I'm sooooooo happy!!!!

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Congratulations! What fun; a "pop-up" trip for an anniversary.

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Good for you, Toni. I love your description, Jane!

Enjoy!

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759 posts

Enjoy!
While I haven’t done a 3 day’er I have done 5 (including travel days) to see an exhibit at the National Gallery.
People think your nuts when they hear about it—lol.
I’m currently envious of your starting location- east coast; makes those “short” dashes to London/Paris so much easier.

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I wish you the best. There’s no way I’d do that trip, but it’s not me going.

One thing that does concern me is the time of year. I really hope the weather gods are with you and there are absolutely no delays outbound. Hopefully Charlotte isn’t one of those Southern cities where flights get routinely cancelled or delayed if there’s snow or ice.

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@Dale- Yes, everything in Charlotte will shut down in snow. We just don't have (don't often need) the equipment to deal with it. the one thing that usually stays open is the airport. But most of our snow and/or ice storms come in late January, February, or early March. December has even been known to be rather warm (highs in the 60s to low 70s) at times. On one of our trips to England many, many years ago, we happened to be listening to the news as we got ready for supper and heard 'an update' live from Charlotte, where it had snowed and then iced over. Most of the city was without power and the airport was shut down. We weren't scheduled to come home for another 3 days. We made (a then unthinkable and expensive) call home. Our future son-in-law had driven from the north end of the county to check on my husband's mother and our son and helped move them to our house (which had gotten power back early). Our hotel helped check with the airline. We were able to get home (by then it had all melted), but had to deal with lots of fallen branches in our yard (LOL).

We did get insurance on the airfare, and the hotel reservations can be canceled. Fingers still crossed, though.

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Thanks for all the good wishes. I didn't take time in my original post to explain all of the reasons we had to stop traveling internationally- mostly family health related. I'm so glad that we are in a place that we can at least so this short trip. It will be great celebration (hubby is a prostate cancer survivor of 8+ years!!!!!! now doing very well).

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Thanks for the update, Toni. And how great for your husband. Have a wonderful trip.

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hey hey toni
have a great time, no matter how short and "nuts" you guys are.
we did a whirlwind trip for 2 nights to honolulu. it was a free trip with a few bucks in taxes and a rental car cost. flew to honolulu, drove half way round island, stopped to see cousin in kailua, hotel night in waikiki, cruised around town, had lunch, drove where i used to live near hawaii kai, up to tantalus lookout, ate dinner, slept in waikiki hotel. up early, caught flight to hilo and rented car. surprised my aunt with quick hello, drove hamakua coast to see sister for lunch, onto puako to see my friends cousin staying at beach house, getting our feet wet walking the small ponds to see the turtles. drove to kona airport, caught 6pm flight back to honolulu and red-eye to SFO. yes it was crazy and nuts, we laugh alot about it now.
health issues can always hold back travel, i know that too well, but you got your "i"s dotted and "t's" crossed, go for it. if i lived close by i would take care of poochie, i do that for all my friends when they travel, pack a suitcase and move in, all is happy and contented!!
enjoy your 42nd anniversary, something to talk, laugh and reminesce about. tally ho and cheers, mind the gap!
aloha

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Have a great time! I've found on my very short trips across the pond that I didn't get jet lag so it could be you will feel fine when you return home. Also, some people confuse the fatigue of no sleep on the night flight with jet lag, but it is fatigue, not jet lag (or might be with jet lag). You are flying business class, so you might not have that fatigue, as you said previously. IMO