Love, Marriage, and Canceled Honeymoons: How Couples are Adjusting Amid Coronavirus As the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak came into sharper focus last month, tens of thousands of leisure travelers had their trips cut short, rejiggered, or canned entirely. too great; others had ceremonies preemptively axed by venues that were fearful of government restrictions and haphazardly instituted travel bans.
Many are still chasing refunds from venues, vendors, and airlines; others are scrambling to rebook. A handful of couples are just trying to make the most of their new socially distanced reality. Here are a few of their stories.
Saying I do Just The Two of Them
If everything had gone according to plan, Austin-based couple Katie Russell, a 43-year-old writer and teacher, and Brand Newland, a 39-year-old healthcare entrepreneur, would have tied the knot on March 23 at Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico, surrounded by 60 of their dearest friends and family. But the destination wedding, nine months in the making, unraveled in a matter of days.
Third Time’s The Charm
Miami-based couple Avraham and Diana Thomas were fortunate enough to have a last-minute destination wedding in Israel, Avi’s home country. But they didn’t get so lucky when it came to their two-week honeymoon in Japan, slated to begin shortly after their March 8 wedding.
Though Japan hadn’t announced a quarantine, the couple canceled the trip anyway; the proximity to China was too close for comfort. “The Japanese hotels were incredible,” says Avi. “They didn’t charge any fees; [they just] wished us luck in our life together and said they hoped to see us a later time.
Making The Best of a lousy Situation
Carlye Reichert, a 28-year-old medical resident, and her husband Nick, a 26-year-old P.E. teacher and football coach, married last June in their hometown of Columbia, Missouri. Due to their busy schedules, however, they couldn’t lock in their two-week honeymoon to Sri Lanka and the Maldives until the spring of 2020. (The duo, who runs the travel blog Plenty of Money and Relaxation, frequently post about their travel strategies.)