It’s been a year since Covid 19 changed the U.S. as we knew it.
On March 13, 2020, we went out to dinner with friends at a local diner. Had I known that it would be the last time I would eat in a restaurant in over a year, I would have gone someplace a lot nicer but who knew.
In April, when I spoke to my doctor to see it if would be ok for me to attend a travel conference in late July, she said, by late July, this will all be a bad dream. Might be time for me to switch doctors….
Of course, things may be different for you but we have 3 grandchildren ages 3 and under and another due any second. Our kids won’t let us even go into the supermarket if we want to see our grandbabies without quarantining, so trust me, curbside pick up at the supermarket and Kohl’s is about the highlights of my week.
We haven’t left the state in over a year. We only see our kids, grandkids and local family. We’ve only seen friends outside and with social distancing.
Asking a travel advisor not to travel is asking a lot. While I have not traveled due to our children’s concerns, many of our colleagues have. Many of our clients have. We have lived vicariously through their travel, their pictures and webinars and zoom meetings about different destinations.
We have helped our clients book, postpone, reschedule, postpone and some cancel their vacations and honeymoons for the past year— all without getting paid. Our responsibility is to help our clients, some of whom, have changed their vacations and honeymoons up to 4 x already.
Our hearts break when our honeymooners call to say that their weddings have been postponed and then postponed again. We have honeymooners who have skipped the big weddings and have had very small, immediate family only ceremonies. My honeymooners want to get on with their lives. They may want to start families and we know that we can’t tell them for certain, whether they will be able to honeymoon in Greece or French Polynesia or Fiji in May or June or even September.
The vaccine is here. Many of our friends and family have been vaccinated already and many more will be vaccinated soon. Will that enable you to feel more comfortable? Today, my son said that when everyone was fully vaccinated, he might feel comfortable having the family together again at one time, and maybe even indoors. I’m looking forward to seeing all of my babies together at one time.
In the meantime, while you may be frustrated, please understand that we are frustrated as well. We want to do what we are passionate about- travel and book travel for our clients. Please don’t be mad at us if we can’t tell you if you’ll be able to go to Tahiti next month when they are under a border lockdown. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.
In the meantime, My Vacation Lady has been here for you for all of your past and present vacations and we hope that when you are ready to travel again, you’ll call us.
If there was ever a time to shop local, it’s now. Reach out to us to help plan your next vacation.