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livelifelovehappy

We were supposed to be spending Christmas in VIC, travelling from NSW. Relatives planned to meet us there for a week, they’re in WA.

Ive booked a week’s accomodation. I feel the whole thing is really unlikely and I should perhaps do the accomodation owners a favour by cancelling our booking now so someone else can take it?

we were supposed to be seeing my husbands very elderly Grandma. She’s been completely isolated (in her own home). She’s looking forward to it. 
 

what’s everyone else doing about pre made Christmas plans?

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lizzybirdsworth

We drive from Newcastle to Adelaide every Christmas. I still don’t think it will happen. Dh says it’s still 5 months away and anything can happen once it gets warmer. We haven’t booked yet for this reason but I think it’s likely we will spend our first Christmas alone. 

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Dadto2
13 minutes ago, livelifelovehappy said:

We were supposed to be spending Christmas in VIC, travelling from NSW. Relatives planned to meet us there for a week, they’re in WA.

Ive booked a week’s accomodation. I feel the whole thing is really unlikely and I should perhaps do the accomodation owners a favour by cancelling our booking now so someone else can take it?

we were supposed to be seeing my husbands very elderly Grandma. She’s been completely isolated (in her own home). She’s looking forward to it. 
 

what’s everyone else doing about pre made Christmas plans?

We were supposed to fly to QLD from WA to see my folks for Xmas. I don't really see interstate travel happening now until next year. International travel - god knows. 2022? Perhaps there might be a travel corridor between some of the states that are doing OK? But then I think if WA, NT, SA etc continue to do well that will reduce the likelihood of them wanting to open their borders. I think Victoria will be affected for a long time now. They'll be out of lockdown mid September, but will need severe restrictions for months to stop more outbreaks. 

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CrankyM
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My in-laws are nagging is to book to come there for Christmas. That’s WA to the central coast. I just can’t see it happening. FIL is 80, MIL is 77 with lung issues. Heck, I’m worried that Clive is going to break the hard border, Covid is going to get in and I won’t even be able to fly to Perth from where I live for an appointment booked for March without having to self isolate for 2 weeks when I get home. Which was what was happening in March. 

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22Fruitmincepies

I’m hoping that we will be able to travel WA to NSW at Christmas, but I do think it increasingly unlikely. We have flights booked in January for travel in December. 

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coastlife

We have booked something for end of September which is intersate, making sure that everything is refundable or credits can be issused and we have booked an intrastate holiday for Christmas which is also fully refundable.    We will cancel closer to the time if it's looking like we will not be allowed to travel.  

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Lucrezia Bauble

we have cancelled all interstate travel for the remainder of this year and next. i have tentative bookings for the next couple of holidays for travel within NSW...nothing until october. so, we’ll see.

 

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JomoMum
1 minute ago, Lucrezia Bauble said:

we have cancelled all interstate travel for the remainder of this year and next. i have tentative bookings for the next couple of holidays for travel within NSW...nothing until october. so, we’ll see.

 

We are the same. Except have no travel planned at all for this year. We are hoping to book something for Easter away within NSW next year but are waiting a few more months. 

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ckmelb

I'm just hoping Christmas can happen within the state. Let's hope we can have visitors (even small numbers)

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Sugarplum Poobah

I'm working on it just being us at the moment and anything else being a bonus. I figure there might be a lot of video calling going on but we'll make it a lovely day regardless.

I lived overseas for several years and I found the best way to deal with Christmas without extended family was to embrace it for what it was.

The last few years have been tough and I lost my mum and a cousin so our Christmases were shrinking anyway. Last year was particularly poignant as we consciously started to make new traditions after what had happened. I don't think they'll be happening this year.

 

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Lifesgood
3 minutes ago, ckmelb said:

I'm just hoping Christmas can happen within the state. Let's hope we can have visitors (even small numbers)

I think there is a small possibility that Xmas will see us all in lockdown - a very small possibility.

 

This is us too ⬇️

26 minutes ago, Lucrezia Bauble said:

we have cancelled all interstate travel for the remainder of this year and next. i have tentative bookings for the next couple of holidays for travel within NSW...nothing until october. so, we’ll see.

 

I don't want to be here for Xmas. We were away last Xmas and it was so pleasant I want to do it again. Last year we were in Europe, this year we would be somewhere in NSW if travel within the state is allowed. I'm not counting on borders being open.

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JomoMum
30 minutes ago, ckmelb said:

I'm just hoping Christmas can happen within the state. Let's hope we can have visitors (even small numbers)

I’m quietly hoping we can’t 🙄

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CrankyM

I personally love Christmas when it’s at our home with just the 4 of us. No pressure to socialise, no running around from house to house, no making sure something is available for kids to eat, no family politics to deal with... we have a quiet relaxing day doing what we want and enjoying ourselves.

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literally nobody

We cancelled our Melbourne Xmas holiday.. now will just go down the coast locally. Glad I booked that early because prices have doubled for the accommodation. 

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-Emissary-

No plans for Christmas. It’ll be DS2’s first birthday and I’m secretly hoping large gathering will still be banned so there will be no pressure to hold a big party. 

We have a trip booked just to travel up the coast during the October long weekend. Really hoping we are able to still go but will wait and see whether we will be allowed. 

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BadCat

I'd be working on the assumption that nobody will be going anywhere for xmas.  Unless the federal government pursues an aggressive elimination plan now I don't see a lot of travel being allowed at xmas. 

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MadMarchMasterchef

I would assume, sadly that its still going to be risky to go to Melbourne come December. 

I have serious concerns about other states getting worse too. 

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amdirel
50 minutes ago, JomoMum said:

I’m quietly hoping we can’t 🙄

Me too!! Imagine the bliss that would be Christmas only with household members, no travel, no visitors. Yes please!

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Tinky Winky Woo

I would like to go somewhere, anywhere BUT I am not planning anything.  It is a day by day life for now.

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#notallcats

I would make contact with the accommodation provider to see how they feel.  It's probably unlikely they'd be turning people away and would be happy to keep the booking for another couple of months.  

Are you driving?  I wouldn't be happy with flying but ok with driving.  If it was a just a holiday, I'd cancel, but visiting elderly relative, who is looking forward to it, I'd hang on a bit longer and see where we are in a few months.  

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Bandwagon

I said ages ago that we should go away for Xmas so we can avoid all the Xmas. But this would work for me. It’s been great with all the low key birthdays. 

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Lucrezia Bauble
1 hour ago, Lifesgood said:

I think there is a small possibility that Xmas will see us all in lockdown - a very small possibility.

 

This is us too ⬇️

I don't want to be here for Xmas. We were away last Xmas and it was so pleasant I want to do it again. Last year we were in Europe, this year we would be somewhere in NSW if travel within the state is allowed. I'm not counting on borders being open.

same - we were in the US - we were here in Sydney xmas day but flew out a few days after..sydney was awful...so smokey from the bushfires, we couldn’t wait to leave. i remember touching down in LA and thinking “hmmmm - fresh air” - not often you say that about LA! we were skiing in Colorado and then were in New York - we had no clue (obviously) of the deadly menace that was trailing our footsteps. we got back to sydney day before Australia Day - i watched a news bulletin - the first one i had watched for weeks amd learnt of the virus...and then all the notices started coming from the kids schools about students needing to isolate if they’d been China, and then the epic thread started here on EB and then yeh, here we are.i certainly can’t see any international travel on the horizon for next year, and maybe not even inter state travel. at this point i’d be happy enough if numbers stabilised enough to allow for some regional travel (within the state) but, it’s not looking likely. it’s really sad.

 

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FeralRebelWClaws

I'm hoping things open up soon 😕 We haven't seen DSD for 6 months, and it's not looking likely for Oct holidays either! She is moving here at the end of the year, but not seeing his sister for a whole year is a very LONG time for a 3 year old. DSD who lives with us hasn't seen her Mum since Jan either.  It sucks for kids whose parents live in two different states. Especially for older kids who can't really afford to lose 2 weeks of school isolating on return.

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TheGreenSheep

I’m in Vic, I’m planning it will be just us at home, anyth8ng more will be a bonus.

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born.a.girl

I'm one of six, all with partners, all with adult offspring (many of whom come) and many of those have their own children.  It can total about 40.  Two come from outside Vic, so who knows what Christmas is going to look like.

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