Where are you dreaming of going?
We miss traveling. Part of us feels selfish and frivolous for saying that given the seriousness of what our world is going through. But part of us recognizes that we miss connecting with people and cultures from all corners of the globe. And those connections we’ve made over the years adds to our grief knowing how hard some countries have been hit by the virus, racism, poverty and injustices. These same people give us hope for the future – hope that cures will be found, wrongs will be righted, and travel will return and provide wages for thousands of families who depend on tourism. So yes, we miss traveling and all that comes with the privilege of seeing our world.
Debi with Praise from Tanzania
And we are Travel Advisors – our career and passion is to provide sound, professional advice on travel. We are getting inquiries on where people can go now, what is “safe,” and are there deals to be found. We understand if you aren’t ready to even think about your next trip next, but if you are part of the growing number of people itching to get out and explore we want to provide you with information.
Having to stay home during the pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone. Even if you are getting good things from the slowed pace, or are finding unexpected joy in the quiet, this time can still be a time of restlessness, uncertainty, and anxiety. You probably know someone (maybe yourself!) who had to cancel a destination wedding, a summer vacation, or a trip they’d been anticipating for months or even years.
If you’re someone who loves to travel, restricted movement can feel especially discouraging. Travel isn’t just about going places. It’s about the entire experience, the anticipation, the joy, about who you are and who you become when you visit someplace new.
There can be a real sorrow in the letting go, especially amidst so many other changes and unknowns. One thing we’ve heard people saying is, “I wish I hadn’t put off taking that trip I always wanted to take.”
Now is the time to start making travel plans.
But believe it or not, now is a great time to be planning your next trip. There are a few reasons that this downtime is the ideal time to give us a call and get started planning the vacation of your dreams.
1. The travel restrictions won’t last forever. We know it can feel like it when you’re staring down weeks or months of having your biggest excursions be to the grocery store! But this is an event with an end. Beginning to dream and plan now can be a wonderful way to nurture hope and excitement, and to keep your mind focused on all the good things that will be possible again.
2. There are deals to be had. All around the world, resorts and venues and restaurants and parks are just as eager to have you return as you are to get out into the world again. They want you to visit, and some are ready to offer incredible deals. Some locations have not been able to offer discounts as they have added expenses and almost no revenue. As your advisors, we have access to discounts and VIP perks that these businesses are waiting to offer as well as the insight to know when a deal is “too good to be true.”
3. It’s easy to build in travel protections when you book. You don’t have to worry about losing money if something comes up. Many airlines and resorts are offering no-fee cancellations or adjustments. They know these are unusual times, and they want to be as flexible as possible. Remember: they want your business!
One of the many amazing gifts of traveling is that it teaches us resilience, curiosity, and how to find joy in the little things.
Wherever you are right now, we encourage you to embrace this moment and start dreaming of your next adventure. When we emerge again, imagine the new appreciation we’ll have for things like bustling cafes, sunlit beaches, and just being able to interact face to face again. There are so many beautiful things ahead.
If you’re ready to get started, call or email us. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Deb and Michael with Mr. Sarom from Cambodia.