At the time of writing (20 April) a cloud of Icelandic volcanic dust has grounded virtually all planes. Our people cannot get back here and visitors to England cannot return home. At least not until either the skies clear or they can arrange alternative transport.
This begs the question ‘where will they stay?’. Hotel accommodation, particularly in London, is expensive, and people have not budgeted for the cost of this beyond the period of their holiday.
However as always in times of trouble, people are offering to help. Spareroom.co.uk reports flood of people offering short stay accommodation in spare rooms across the country. Says Spareroom.co.uk director Matt Hutchinson:
“We have been staggered by the response from our users since this drama unfolded. The number of people who have contacted us to offer their spare rooms to people who are stranded in the UK has been overwhelming, and many are happy to offer special rates to victims of the ash cloud drama as a good will gesture.”
The web-site has set up a special page on their site – so if you want to offer your spare room to stranded travellers go to www.spareroom.co.uk/stranded.
Ironically the Spareroom founder, Rupert Hunt, is trapped in Tokyo and may not be able to return for up to a month!