Samantha Brown is my Hero
Even before I became a travel agent I knew the name Samantha Brown. I would religiously watch her travel shows on The Travel Channel and PBS. She was spunky and adventurous and ready for any new location that the world threw at her. My favorite part about Samantha's travels is that she never did the typical touristy activities...she wanted to explore cities and lands the way locals do. I would think to myself, "Wow! What a great job she has! And she's so authentic about her reviews of a new location. She finds what's fantastic about it and just gushes with the details." This is who I wanted to be. My name is Lisa, and I'm a travel addict :)
But now I sit here, after a weekend of canceling and rescheduling every client trip I had scheduled for the month of March, and I feel defeated. This crazy "pandemic" called Corona Virus, has educated and logical thinking people acting like they have no sense. Stores are out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and now they are running out of food. The masses are stocking up on supplies in the fear that we are going to be quarantined to our houses for extended periods of time. Do I know that this is all craziness, and that we, in fact, are not in the middle of a panic situation? Nope. But still I shake my head. There has to be a better way.
In the midst of this scare, travel companies, cruise lines...heck, universities and even entire countries are shutting down in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19...and right during the height of Spring Break season. So many fantastic experiences and memories will not be had. So much family bonding, best girlfriend trips, honeymoons, and bucket list items are stolen away from would be travelers. I'm just sad.
But in the wake of my self pity, Samantha Brown posts her sage words, and I know all will be right with the world. I've taken the liberty of reposting Samantha's Facebook post here. Her words right true. It might not be tomorrow. It might not be next month...but travel will return!
I’ve been hosting travel shows for 21 years and in that time I have gone thru 9-11 where I had to get back to work a week after, the financial crisis of 2007 There was H1N1, floods, fires and volcanic eruptions. All of these events abruptly changed my immediate course of travel and threatened to change how we travel as a whole. But one thing I’ve learned in two decades is that Travel Comes Back. ⠀ I’ve also learned that when I watch the news it feels like the world is ending and when I head outside in my community as well as travel abroad I know it is not. ⠀ Clearly there are people who should not be traveling now —also obvious where we can’t go for awhile. But what is unclear and therefore most difficult to take is how unpredictable all our lives have become. ⠀ But Travel Comes Back. ⠀ And soon you will want to go somewhere anywhere to prove that as human beings it is impossible for us to keep our social distance. ⠀ As of March 11 there are no federal guidelines stopping any travel in the United States. International travel makes us uneasy because of how rapidly things are changing. Believe me, I get it. It’s not just me I worry about but 6 crew members who I love as well as caring about the people we interact with. ⠀ A little fact that I know and love is that simply the act of PLANNING travel puts us in the same psychological happy-go-lucky place as BEING in a destination. Did you know that?
So dream and PLAN your next trip for this spring and summer because right now your Mental Health is just as important. What makes us happier makes us healthier. Here are 3 things to know: 1. Most airlines are waving fees for future travel. Check the airlines 2. Get a Travel Agent. their job is to navigate this world and be your advocate. AAA travel agents are a great source of knowledge and peace of mind. Full disclosure they help fund my travel series on PBS and I’m really proud of them and their support of me. 3. Call cruiselines, hotels travel outfitters. talk to a person about their cancellation fee. they want to hear from you and are doing a lot so you’ll come. ⠀ In the words of Steve Perry (who I once had a dream we hosted a travel show together). “Don’t Stop Believing”.