Swine flu affects local traveler's plans - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Swine flu affects local traveler's plans

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Artificial worms and tackle boxes sit in a room in a Sulphur home as Pat and Becky Rapp prepare for a big trip.

Pat Rapp says, "We were going out to Lake El Salto and try to catch some big bass down there. I got it as a present for my 40th birthday a couple of years ago and I finally get a chance to go and now it's canceled."

Pat, his wife Becky, and a group of friends were planning to leave Friday and return Tuesday when the resort they reserved called and canceled.  Becky was already hesitant about going over border with the threat of the swine, or H1N1, virus.

Becky Rapp says, "Honestly I didn't want to get over there, and I figured everything was okay where we were going, but I didn't want them too close the border and we get stuck in Mexico and my kids be here."

Pat and Becky are among many people who planned on vacationing in Mexico but now are not. GlobeTrek Travel owner James Halphen says they've been bombarded with calls, emails, and customers dropping by concerned about their trips.

He says, "A lot of the people who were booked for travel to Mexico have been calling us and asking us to reschedule their vacation for a different time or they're changing destinations."

According to Halphen, many of the cruise vendors are allowing travelers to make those changes penalty-free.

Pat and Becky Rapp aren't changing locations.  They say they're going to try to reschedule their fishing trip for another month, but if it gets too late they'll just have to wait until next year.


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