Practice Social Distancing. We are in this Together. We will Travel Again!
When I attend travel trade shows I see people from all backgrounds and ethnicities. That diversity continues when traveling to parts of Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. An industry so inherently diverse, from the perspective of a traveler and as a travel advisor, one would think it would succeed at inclusivity in all forms of travel. But the travel industry has much to learn as it is not immune to racism. The Black Lives Matter Movement has brought conversations to the forefront about white-washed marketing materials and media and the lack of diversity in boardrooms. You hardly see black or brown faces is search results for travel and non-existence in certain brand publications and marketing campaigns. My hope is that there are lessons learned and changes implemented during this resetting period to truly be an inclusive industry.
I am an avid cruiser and those closest to me knew I was totally bummed to have both my planned 2020 cruises cancelled due to the ongoing Pandemic. What to do now? Where to go? Road trip! My happy place is at the beach, so we loaded up the family and headed to the beach. Aww, the sea, sun and sand. 2020 was saved! But the beach is not everyone's happy place. A few weeks ago I exchanged text messages with a friend regarding State Parks. It turns out families are not loading up their cars and minivans and headed only to the beach, but to State Parks!
It seems bleak for the cruise industry as we move full speed into the November. The "no sail" order is set to expire on October 31st, the third extension since the first suspension in the March. The Healthy Sail Panel submitted its recommendations -- including 74 detailed best practices -- to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a CDC request for public comment. Now we are in the waiting to see if cruising will resume before the end of the year. Cruising seems to have returned safely in Europe, but they got a control of the virus much sooner than the US. Is it safe to cruise? Are you ready?
Home of the legendary Bob Marley, Jerk chicken and Reggae Music. The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica has so much to offer: Lush topography of mountains, rain forests and reef-lined beaches. All-inclusive resorts to satisfy your every need.
Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, and all the other destinations within Mexico. White sand beaches, lush jungles, Caribbean sunshine, Mexico has it all.
The city of Love! Rich with Fashion, Gastronomy, History, and Wines. Explore the incomparable Louvre. Cruise the Seine. Savor a just-baked croissant. Stroll the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Venture to the Palace of Versailles!
Airplanes, ships, trains and cars are not the only forms of transportation to satisfy your wanderlust. Movies can also transport you to different places around the world in the most unusual way. So if you’re looking for ideas on where to travel for your next adventure, sit down and watch a couple of these fantastic flicks with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of wine, and a friend. It’s the next best thing to actual travel!
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