I read a funny that said “Tomorrow is another day used to sound hopeful. Now it sounds like a threat.” Ain’t it the truth? I’m not going to even utter “What’s next?” because I don’t want to know. I’m having trouble knowing what day it is! I have just about given up on keeping my faithful readers in the know of what is happening in the travel world. Things are constantly changing, day by day, state by state, and it’s like trying to zoom in on a moving target. The biggest issue is that it isn’t progressive, meaning we are working on something that, with time, will be completed. This pandemic crisis is more of a “some steps forward, steps back, reverse, stall”… We just wake up each day and try to figure out where we are in the process.
There aren’t any big bargains to be had because of the impact to travel. Personally, I’m seeing higher than usual prices. I’ve paid an extra dollar for a burger a few times based on “beef shortage” but we know there are plenty of cattle, it’s the processing that is backed up and creating the shortage that drives up price increase.
I truly believe people are tired of waiting. A beautiful summer is rolling out and I’m hearing about families doing more things closer to home. I’ve always enjoyed telling you about attractions in our back yard that we so often neglect. This is the summer to see some close to home things. Double-check those hours of operation are the same (I’m discovering not everyone has updated their website, so a phone call is a good idea). It’s not a bad thing to help our local economy either.
This is the summer to attend local festivals and support those organizations that work to entertain us year after year. Find out when the July Fourth activities are in your hometown and take your chair! Call a neighbor that has been in lock down and just go! Practice the social distancing that makes you comfortable. Tuck in some cash to buy some refreshments from the vendors. Drop some dough in the donation bucket, if there is one. We have certainly learned the world can come to a screeching halt, so once more your Fearless Leader says “Go while you can!”
Husband Doug has started a little Sunday ritual of making phone calls to friends that time and distance have gotten away from us. His calls are a win-win and always appreciated. I enjoy overhearing the memories that bubble up. These calls are so much better than a signature on a Christmas card. Maybe you could call some travel friends and replay some stories of when we were Good to Go.
We will continue to pray for our world. We’ve certainly learned a lesson in not taking things for granted. We are blessed to live where there are places to get outdoors, to explore or just to walk.
Tomorrow will be another day. Let’s make the most of this day.
Patti Beth Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the group travel industry taking people all over the world. Her motto is "I return with the same number of people I left with… not necessarily the same people, but the same number nevertheless. So no 'crankpots' allowed" She may be reached at 918-786-3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.