A Reddit user is facing a travel dilemma after having a trip canceled with two friends last month. Does she re-book the original plan with them for later in the year or use the travel credits she’s now got to go somewhere else on her own?
A Snake Move or Perfectly Reasonable?
The original poster (OP) explains that she and her friends were supposed to be going on a trip to Seattle and Vancouver. However, after booking her tickets for $1000, her friends had to cancel for financial reasons, but the airline gave her a travel credit as compensation.
Her friends want to re-organize the same trip, but OP doubts whether she wants to spend that much money on a domestic trip. Instead, she is tempted to book to go somewhere different from her friends with her travel credits.
OP says she has been learning Swedish for the past year and would love to go there to practice what she has learned. She traveled there a couple of years ago and loved it. Ever since, she has dreamt of going back, and she thinks this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
OP is conscious, however, of the fact that her friends may think it’s rude if she blows them off to go away on her own. Ever since going on a couple of trips to Europe, her interest in traveling around the US has diminished, but she doesn’t want them to be upset with her.
She took to Reddit to ask the travel community whether she would be out of order or not for using the travel credits to go somewhere without her friends.
The thread received a lot of attention, receiving over 100 comments and 400 upvotes in less than ten hours. Most of those responding believed that OP didn’t owe her friends anything and that she should book her new trip without hesitation.
One user commented: “No, it’s not wrong. It’s not even inconsiderate or rude. It’s no big deal at all. Your plans were canceled, and now you want to make new ones. Enjoy your trip.”
Another user suggested that her friends had no right to be annoyed at her for making new plans as they were the ones who canceled the trip after OP had booked her tickets. They said:
“Your friends bailed on you. I don’t care what the reason is. You do what’s best for you, and you tell your friend that you hope you can arrange a trip together another time.”
Other people were there to reassure OP that her friends wouldn’t take it to heart, with one user saying:
“I’m sure your friends are reasonable and would understand if you took the time to explain the logic behind your decision. I think it’s a great idea – don’t feel bad for putting your wants first. It’s your money. Your vacation.”
What do you think? Should OP try and find a solution where she can go away with her original travel buddies, or should she be selfish and just go wherever she wants, with or without them? Let us know in the comments.
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