I have spent the better part of the past 4 weeks writing about my travels and justifiably so. I am in the travel industry and will be starting my 15th year as the Wandering Puffin later this month. I want to share my experiences to help excite people to travel again and many are or plan to do so shortly or hopefully in the future, sooner or later. I see my clients with their desire to move forward and being there for them is exciting, especially during this pandemic. Travel opens up the world. It educates people and it helps to shrink the differences about people. In my travels around the world and around the country, I have met many people from all different backgrounds, cultures, and even with differences, and having traveled around the world for most of my life, I find that people simply want to live their lives, be happy, and do the right thing.
I am frustrated with many things going on revolving around the travel industry, but mostly the politics and misinformation that is out there from sources outside of the industry, that impact me, my business and my industry. I don’t like headlines that tend to scare people, simply to sell more advertising, but I am happy to work through the concerns and questions my clients have, so they can make educated decisions. The problem with headlines is that they are just that. No detail and intended to shock and scare.
When the EU recommended that their member nations change their rules to allow or disallow citizens from America and other nations, my clients, those planning on going to Europe in the future, as soon as this month and into next year, started to freak out. I was there to explain the details and provide guidance and explain that for the most part, if they were vaccinated, they would be fine. Yes, some of the countries have re-instituted the need for a negative Covid test as well, which I am fine with and others nothing. Some, however, have opted to not even accept the CDC Covid Vaccine Card and so, like this country with 50 states and 50 different processes, the European Union’s 27 member nations each have their own way. Yes, they have that right and each is a sovereign nation.
I am also an educator and believe in the science and did get my Covid vaccines as soon as I was able and when the booster is available, I will be in line. The science has been around for years, not less than 2 years. This is not the first SARS virus. When I go to Iceland, a negative Covid test is required and I will be ready to test and I hope the results will be good. I hope to get to London and back to Rome and again, I need to test and I will. I don’t want to be political about this, but my life and my profession have been directly impacted by other’s decisions to not follow the science. I know I will get flack for saying that, but I have never shied away from speaking my mind. I understand those that perhaps, medically are told not to vaccinate, but those that are healthy should and it is playing out with those that have not. Not only is my industry being impacted, but those who fall ill to Covid cost me money in hospitalization. I would like to have sympathy and perhaps in the beginning I did when we first were hit with the virus when there were options, but now there are. Think beyond yourself and not only about yourself. Remember that every action or inaction has an impact beyond yourself and that is what has happened. I even got my flu shot recently.
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