Life is too short to stay home - I started the blog as a way to showcase some of my travel adventures and journey into the travel agent life. I wanted to take as much opportunity to explore fun travel experiences with my kids as much as I could.
Yet, now with the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we are all asked to the very opposite - to stay home. Because our very lives are 100% dependent on everyone staying home.
So what does that mean for everyone in the travel industry? Absolutely no more travelling. Borders are closed. Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. Communities are closed.
What is open? Our minds. Our hearts. And our loved ones. The very essence of our humanity is human connection. And this virus has done everything to stop us from connecting. So what do we do? We adapt. We create new communities (virtually for now) for the sake of humanity.
As I’ve been hunkered down for over a week now, boredom and isolation are starting to set in. After the most tumultuous week in the sudden global disruption to the travel industry, a new reality is sinking in that this crisis is only the beginning. Without know when it will be safe for people to travel again, a sadness sets in. Not unlike the grief process, we acknowledge the sadness for the life we knew before this. Because when the climate changes to allow safe travel again, we know that the reality will be different. Not everyone is going to make it out alive. Not all airlines, travel suppliers and small businesses will survive.
But, I do believe that this time is necessary. This downtime that forces us to social distance from what we have known (and likely taken for granted) allows us to focus on what is most important, and to come out of this on the other side with a greater appreciation for the simple things in life again.
To appreciate family and friends.
To appreciate the value of human touch and togetherness again.
To appreciate the safety and security of our basic needs such as food and shelter.
To allow us to take care of the most vulnerable in the the population.
To appreciate our front line workers who have not choice to do their jobs despite the risks to themselves and their families.
This is our time to allow the goodness of humanity to shine through. Even small acts from each individual can make all the difference to another, and to save a person's life. It really is that simple. For now, temporarily, we are asked to stay home if we can. Flatten the curve. Simple acts can make a huge difference in preventing the spread of the virus.
Everyone is doing their best with the best information they have at hand. And that information can change very quickly. This is the time for us to trust our leaders, trust that the authorities above us are doing the best they can for everyone. It is going to be a challenge for awhile. This is not going away anytime soon. We are in this for the long haul. But I do know that we come out on the other side so much stronger because of it.
Stay cosy and stay safe! Sending you all socially distance virtual hugs. ❤️