Travel is such a personal and transformative process with a flux of emotions we experience. From the joy and excitement when planning your trip and the anticipation to come, the emotions of an upcoming trip provides families and couples with extraordinary joy as they look forward to their long-awaited trip. Being a travel advisor, on the front lines of the travel disruption, the days of travel planning and excitement turned to travel cancellations with ever changing policies, long wait times on the phones (I mean 10-12 hours a day, sometimes going into the next day) and uncertainty at every corner should you open your front door.
What normally was a source of remarkable joy in planning trips turned into a nightmare as we cancelled clients' vacations plans over and over and over. The disappointment and heartbreak was onerous and left me weary and disheartened and some days were definitely more challenging than others.
And as the weeks went by, the lockdowns continued and we quickly realized that this whole situation was far more serious than any of us had wanted to initially believe. That this was going to go on a lot longer than we could even allow ourselves to think. That everything we knew to this point would be forever changed.
The realization is bleak, depressing and hard to fathom some days not really wanting to think about the economic fallout from the results of quarantine, and the closure of many of our favourite businesses.
It's easy to stay within the negative walls of your thoughts and be angry and upset with this faceless virus that has put the world at a complete pause. However, that's not where the joy lies and it's not fruitful for the spirit to stay in such a place of negativity and sadness.
I have been trying to think creatively outside the box (pun totally intended!) to inspire you with the same feelings of joy, anticipation and excitement of a trip planned without necessarily having a specific trip to look forward to because we can all use a little "pick me up" these days! Spreading joy and happiness has far greater benefits over brooding in unhappiness and sorrow.
Thinking outside of the box however, leads me straight to a box.
A “vacation in a box” travel box subscription!
I bring you "Joy through the World"!!
Joy through the World is the newest travel box subscription that brings you tangible goodies so that you can experience a destination through your senses!
When you purchase the "Wander the World" travel box, you will receive a themed box of goodies from a destination where you can close your eyes and allow your imagination to wander to someplace new. You won’t know where you are headed until you receive your box! And each box will contain products that are authentic from the destination, or handmade from local small business thereby introducing you to a host of new products and experiences.
No commitment is required beyond a single box purchase but you can continue to feel the joy, anticipation and excitement when you join the community and be among the first to know when the next box is released!
I hope that the travel boxes will bring you a little bit of "joy" from items curated to help bring you the world to fuel the feelings of wanderlust we all have until we can travel again!
The first box will be released in August and will be available for sale until July 25 (or until they sell out if earlier than that). Only a limited number of boxes will be available each run so purchase your box early to ensure you get yours before they will no longer become available!
Time to hop on the travel box train by subscribing to the first box and discover someplace new for your virtual vacation in August!