‘Frustrating, challenging, upsetting’: California man searching for a way home for more than 30 days

A California man who was set to return from a birthday trip to South America on March 31 is now more than 30 days into a quest to return home during a pandemic that has canceled flights and made travel challenging.”It’s frustrating, challenging, upsetting, worrisome, bothersome. I’ve been through a whirlwind of emotions. A roller coaster of emotions,” said Matt Burnette in a video chat.The latest twist in Burnette’s travel troubles?The next available flight home for him is June 3 — a full 64 days from his original departure date. Burnette told KCRA3 that adding to this ordeal is the fact that he is in an area with unreliable cell reception, which has made contacting the airlines and rebooking flights challenging with each subsequent flight cancellation due to the virus.”When my original flight was canceled, 17 times I tried to get through to Expedia because my calls kept dropping out,” Burnette said. “And, this latest flight, I was on the phone for five hours.”Burnette said the people he is staying with are making the quest to get home a little easier. They are loving, kind and caring.Still, the possibility exists that he may not return home until after California’s stay-at-home order expires. “Whenever I get home, I’ll have a nice chapter in my life to write about someday,” Burnette said.

A California man who was set to return from a birthday trip to South America on March 31 is now more than 30 days into a quest to return home during a pandemic that has canceled flights and made travel challenging.

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“It’s frustrating, challenging, upsetting, worrisome, bothersome. I’ve been through a whirlwind of emotions. A roller coaster of emotions,” said Matt Burnette in a video chat.

The latest twist in Burnette’s travel troubles?

The next available flight home for him is June 3 — a full 64 days from his original departure date.

Burnette told KCRA3 that adding to this ordeal is the fact that he is in an area with unreliable cell reception, which has made contacting the airlines and rebooking flights challenging with each subsequent flight cancellation due to the virus.

“When my original flight was canceled, 17 times I tried to get through to Expedia because my calls kept dropping out,” Burnette said. “And, this latest flight, I was on the phone for five hours.”

Burnette said the people he is staying with are making the quest to get home a little easier. They are loving, kind and caring.

Still, the possibility exists that he may not return home until after California’s stay-at-home order expires.

“Whenever I get home, I’ll have a nice chapter in my life to write about someday,” Burnette said.