Current State of Travel: Challenging/Patience Required
With business picking up, this past week has found me busy designing trips for both domestic and international destinations. The stories being told are mostly true about the current state of travel and it can feel a bit like the wild west.
With these headlines, you may well wonder if it’s worth going. The past 18 months have wreaked havoc across the travel and tourism industry. $5.6 billion worth of havoc and the recovery is slow with a common theme: lack of staffing, lack of supply, lack of resources. It’s frustrating and it’s making people surlier than usual. But, yes, it’s worth going, it’s how it will get better.
What are travels current challenges? If you’ve not seen the news, here’s a few concerns…
And that’s just the tiny tip of the challenges to booking a trip at the moment…
1. Focus on the Upsides – Travel can go sideways in a heartbeat.
This has always been true, but now more than ever, and it’s become a wee bit more common. Be prepared for this to occur, in fact, expect it, and then choose to find a way to be chill about it amid your frustration. HINT: being aggravated only gets your own knickers in a knot and makes you uncomfortable but does not change the situation.
Choosing to see a challenge as an opportunity and chill is a choice.
🦋 breathe in …. breathe out ….🦋
Your ability to fully travel does not mean the destination is operationally back to where it was pre-COVID. Long-time staff are gone, hiring/training is a slow process, and government regulations make once smooth things jagged. Patience is required!!
2. Be Flexible – Travel is an adventure
“The strongest minds are flexible” according to Iris K. Schneider, PhD, a professor at Cologne University who studies emotions. Each of us has a whole menu of different reactions to choose from when presented with difficult situations.
Part of the adventure of travel is in the mishaps, finding your sense of humor as you flex will help turn your misadventure into a memory.
🦋 breathe in …. breathe out… 🦋
3. Be realistic and honest with your expectations and assumptions
We’ve all booked a beer budget vacation and then expected champagne level service only to be disappointed. These days even the high star properties are having some malfunctions and mishaps. It’s where the world is at.
Do your homework!
🦋 Breathe in…. breathe out … 🦋
4. Be gracious and filled with patience
There is a quote by Stevie Nicks I quite like;
“Your graciousness is what carries you. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.”
Sometimes at the end of a long day of travel when things go sideways, it is easy to set aside our consideration for others.
We forget that the person trying to assist us has just assisted all of the people who were standing in the line ahead of us. They’ve stood there and listened to the complaints, been told they are bad at their job, have had demands thrown at them with threats about negative reviews all while trying to maintain professionalism and get whatever the task is accomplished quickly and to the customer’s satisfaction.
In short, find a way to provide them some mental relief, they aren’t thrilled about the situation either.
Allowing staff to take a breath is giving them a gift.
There may not be an upgrade resulting from it or even full resolution to the issue at hand but walking away having added to someone else’s day amid its challenges feels good. It will set the course for the rest of the experience to feel the same.
🦋 Breathe in…. breathe out … 🦋
Choose kindness, it will make all the difference for your trip. Your mindset about your trip is what will make or break it. You can choose to see goodness and delight or anger and frustration.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that many of these headaches can be avoided if you book with a professional travel advisor. But you probably knew I’d suggest that. 😊 Connect with me about your next trip, email me at Info@OpalandFinch.com.
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We desire that you return home rested and ready to step more boldly into your vision for the future.
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