Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano: dealing with the unexpected and a link to some amazing photos

I haven’t written about the flight interruptions from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption yet, largely because you’ve probably already heard about them. Over the last few days, my wife, who is a tour guide in Seoul, has actually met a few people stuck here in Korea because they couldn’t get a flight to Europe. The smart ones are making the most of their time here and visiting the DMZ or sights in downtown Seoul or whatever.

This kind of reminds me of when snow messed up travel plans and people got stuck in Paris or wherever this winter. My wife was telling me about a couple on her tour that had to switch hotels because the one they were staying in was fully booked. They had to check out but they couldn’t go home. They took my wife’s tour and asked her if she could find them a hotel. My wife did but it cost the European couple about $275/night. I’m sure they weren’t planning to spend that money (or the money for their tours, but what else can they do? As travelers we have to be willing to make the most out of tough situations like that. I know it’s easy for me to say it, and the truth is I’ve never had a real serious problem getting stuck somewhere while traveling but we should all realize that as long as we’re traveling we might have to deal with something like this.

These stories just remind me to prepare myself in case I ever have to deal with something. In most cases spending more money is enough to make it OK. It might mean more nights in a hotel than you budgeted for or bribing your way out of a bad spot.

But here is the real reason I am writing about this now. Here are some truly amazing photos of the eruption and its effects.

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  1. […] other guy did a vacation and had fun, they did a volcano tour of that one that snarled European flights a few years back and did scuba (or was it snorkeling) – he said the scuba was fun despite the […]

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