The Travel Rush begins – now what?
The Travel Rush is beginning, and the travel industry is ramping up to be ready! Excitement is growing amongst travelers. Destinations around the world are thrilled to be finding ways to welcome us back.
The last days of March and early April saw 40,000 US hotel jobs added. Hotel occupancy rates moved to just shy of 60%. Over 1 million travelers consistently went through airport security checkpoints1. Airlines are rehiring pilots, recertifying planes, and preparing to reopen routes domestic and international. Cruise lines are announcing departure dates, albeit from non-US-based ports. With the restart of cruising we see a huge indicator of a true safe return to travel.
This is all great news! What a change from a year ago when we watched the world slowly close down. When our immediate lives shrank to a small footprint. I don’t know about you, but for the past year, my passport has just lain in the drawer while I’ve dreamed of traveling again.
Are you ready? With the arrival of the vaccination our collective desire to travel is increasing like a kettle set to boil.
Are you still hesitant even with your vaccination? Are you unsure and need a stronger more ethical reason to get back traveling? I think this is what you’ve been looking for – we need to travel for the world. #TogetherInTravel
The one thing I know. Life is an adventure, and you’ve got to hold on and let it carry you away.~ John Voorhees
I’ve been following the staggering economic loss data since last Spring. Generally, I am aware of the economic disaster putting the world in a strangle hold. And, last week I attended a call with the World Travel and Tourism Council. That call changed many of my beliefs about travel and tourisms impact on global economy generally but also specifically for this moment. My inner nerd loved the charts and graphs. Yet, in amidst all those pretty charts it was clear there is a real crisis at hand.
Her conversation with Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, reminded me of our recent Texas ice storm where literally we were minutes away from losing the entirety of the electrical grid. Listening to Ms. Guevera speak made me see we are close to the same moment with travel and the global economy. We are at that tenuous moment of decision to act. Based on the numbers, it’s time we step up and be part of travels comeback, both domestically and internationally. With the vaccination rates increasing, the ability to go is now a reality. Too long a delay will result in further devastation taking probably a decade to resolve.
These numbers reflect anything you experience while traveling to destinations around the world. That favorite restaurant or shop you have been pining for may not have survived, and those still standing may be on the edge of folding.
These numbers cover not just big suppliers and hotels, but include restaurants, shopkeepers, manufacturers, guides, artists, practitioners, gamekeepers, ecological initiatives supported by tourist dollars, and so many other facets there’s not room to name.
These numbers represent families and communities needing our most practical help not by just sending money but by showing up. The world needs travels vertical integration of economy that touches people’s lives from top to bottom. That bellhop has a family to feed, so do the women in the collective making jewelry to sell in the market.
Travel is no longer just about doing something fun with extra money, it is now about supporting the world’s recovery in a tangible and most practical of ways, through basic economy.
Our choosing to travel again is not just beneficial to ourselves, and our own little worlds in various levels of privilege, our choosing to travel again is vital for the re-development of the economies for the places we so love to visit.
There is so much more I could talk about, I get really excited about travel and how we’re all connected, all the good we can do through travel…, but I’ll leave it here for now. I invite you to be part of the conscious comeback to travel. #TogetherInTravel
If you are looking to travel, now is the time to partner with a travel advisor. A trusted travel advisor can help you navigate all the rules from states, countries, to supplier requirements. The world has changed a lot in how we now navigate our favorite destinations. Opal&Finch would love to help connect you to this big beautiful world in a way that brings lasting memories and joy.
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Connect with a travel advisor, hire them to review your plans. A travel advisor can review what you’ve pulled together, looking for any difficulties, and make certain it’ll be what you’re hoping for.
A travel advisors’ goal is always that your vacation is an experience that brings joy and delight. We want your trip to be filled with memories for a lifetime.
Remember that travel advisors are in the business of being in the know. We stay on top of knowing what’s Hot and what’s Not. Travel advisors know how to find out exactly how your destination and experience will feel, what changes you should expect. We’ll know if the destination will provide what you’re looking for.
Don’t be surprised if you find that hiring a travel advisor to pull the trip4 together feels like starting your vacation early.
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As much as we can’t wait to travel, we know that it’s not going to look like it used to. To help you navigate it all, the Virtuoso Life team put together a new Traveler’s Tool Kit, packed with insight from infectious disease experts, maritime policy executives, Virtuoso advisors, and other industry leaders on what you need to know about traveling – whenever you’re ready to go
1The Week That U.S. Travel Started Its Recovery, by the Numbers Cameron Sperance and Sean O’Neill, Skift – Apr 02, 2021
2World Travel & Tourism Council Economic Impact Reports, https://wttc.org/Research/Econ…
*All travelers entering the US require a pre-return negative COVID test as per the CDC.
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