Continental canceled all of its evening flights tonight from Newark to London because of the Icelandic volcano, which probably wouldn’t warrant a mention here, except that I was supposed to be on the 7:20pm.
I primarily bring this up because although we in the U.S. aren’t hearing much more about the volcano situation on a day-to-day basis, it’s still causing havoc in Europe (Spanish, Moroccan, Irish and British airports have all been closed this week).
The key takeaway from this: this summer’s European is going to be a mess. That means that you are going to Europe and have to arrange childcare as part of that trip, you should make sure you have backup plans in case you have a multiple-day shutdown. It also means that using Priceline for a hotel more than a day or two in advance will be risky, as their non-refundable policy could come back and bite you. It will affect you if, like me, you like to tack on an extra little trip on to work trips to Europe.
In short – if you can’t be flexible with your plans, this may not be the summer to head to Europe. It’s going to be rough going for a while.